2019 Schedule of Retreats and Classes

 

Theory and practice on the Buddhist path.

Timeless methods for our modern lives.

New retreats and classes are offered in addition to the current schedule. 2019 schedule will be updated periodically with new events and classes. Check back often. 

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Buddhist History Series : The Indian Tradition

January 19 to February 23 – Saturday’s, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (note February 9 will be 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.) – Main meeting room Missoula Public Library (301 E. Main Street) and online webinar – Montana residents and onsite attendance free (no pre-registration required), online $25 for all classes

The Ewam Buddhist Institute and the Missoula Public Library bring the Buddhist History Series to Montana this winter. The Buddhist History Series this January and February will cover the origins, doctrines, theory, practice and spread of the three vehicles of Buddhism in ancient and medieval India. We will examine the discourses of the Buddha, visit the places he taught and get to know the original disciples. We will then continue and study the Indian masters who created some of the greatest philosophical systems of the ancient world based on the Buddhas words and meditative realization. One will learn about the vast Buddhist Universities like Nalanda and their curriculum in addition to the yogic tradition. We will summarize many of the major themes of Indian Buddhist history, thought and practice from the beginning of Buddhism until the eleventh century. Taught by our resident translator Thubten Shastri and James Curran.

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Tibetan I with emphasis on Buddhist terminology

Downtown Missoula and webinar, $60 all classes

January 19 to February 23 – Saturday’s, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (note February 9thwill be 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

This 6 session Classical Tibetan course is designed for beginning students with no prior knowledge of classical Tibetan. We will cover the Tibetan alphabet and grammar.

Tibetan is a unique language in that it was developed in the 7th century specifically to translate the sacred Buddhist texts from India by meditator scholars.

The study of Tibetan today can help one have a greater appreciation for the rich tradition of Buddhist ideas, texts and thought. Taught by our resident translator Thubten Shastri.

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Meditation in Practice - Downtown Missoula

Wednesday Nights 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., January 23 to February 27

These classes are open to all and free of charge. No Pre-Registration Required. Teachings held at Hot House Yoga, 127 N. Higgins, Missoula, MT

In establishing a meditation practice we develop a relationship with our own minds. We learn how to become at ease with whatever is happening in our lives; both the good things and the difficulties. Through meditation we can find a new sense of freedom and insight. In our daily lives of work and leisure we can discover a refreshing sense of stability, liberation and wakefulness that is always accessible. This hour of meditation will focus on the practice of calm abiding and insight meditation. This one hour will be practice focused; we will use a meditation instruction manual developed by Khen Rinpoche, abbot of the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. You may come to just one class, several classes or all of them.

Facilitated by Garden of One Thousand Buddhas sangha.

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Teachings on the Ngondro (Preliminary Practices)

Namchak Khen Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

March 22 - 24, 2019

Ngöndro is the “preliminary practice” for Tibetan Buddhism requiring commitment and support. It means "something which precedes." In a direct and very practical way, these preliminary practices of Tibetan Buddhism are methods which allow us, most efficiently, to purify negativity and accumulate merit. They bring forth our fullest potential, while removing the veils which keep us from experiencing and expressing our Enlightened nature. These are the pre-requisite practices to attend retreats in the higher yogas of the Vajrayana. Cost: Commuter: $60 -$100, Residential: $150

Retreats will begin on Friday: 7-9 PM; Saturday 9am-12pm with a 2-hour vegetarian lunch break provided from 12-2pm, then 2-5pm with a vegetarian dinner break provided from 5-7pm and a 7-9pm practice. Then, Sunday 9am-12pm with a 2-hour vegetarian lunch break provided from 12-2pm and finish up from 2-5pm

 

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The Buddhist Path

Namchak Khen Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

March 30, 2019, 2 - 5 p.m.

Khen Rinpoche will go over the entire Buddhist path. The Buddhist path according to the ancient school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Nyingmapa school, has three vehicles and nine divisions within those three of practice and study. The three principle vehicles of Buddhist philosophy and practice are the Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana as symbolized at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. The practices ascend from foundational methods such as calm abiding meditation to the pinnacle of Buddhist practice, Dzogchen. For those who have wanted to know what Buddhists do and how to follow the path this will be an excellent overview. $10 - $20 including tea and snacks.

 

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Introduction to Tantra

Namchak Khen Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

Sunday March 31,  2-5 p.m.                                           

Introduction to Tantrayana otherwise known as Mantrayana or the Vajrayana is the topic of this talk. It is the Resultant Vehicle, because the path is no longer based on establishing the cause, but identifying directly with the fruition (Buddhahood). Tantra begins with the view that the final attainment or result has been within the mind from the very beginning, but has been obscured by ignorance and obscurations. Both sutra and tantra share the same ultimate goal of enlightenment. The greatest difference between them lies in the methods employed. Khen Rinpoche will in addition discuss the meaning of the drubchod ‘great accomplishment” retreat happening in June and will give the Green Tara practice reading tranmission; this practice helps one realize their buddhanature. $10 - $20 including tea and snacks.

 

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Pema Traktung Retreat

Namchak Khen Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas 

April 19th - 21st

Pema Traktung is a practice of Guru Rinpoche in the wrathful form, a healing practice within the Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhist tradition. A treasure dharma spiritual practice discovered by Namchak Tsasum Lingpa. It is a vital practice on the path to ultimate enlightenment especially meant for overcoming obstacles of negative forces and removing the defilements, negative conditions of practice, and the clearing/curing of diseases including mental and physical health issues. Appropriate for all levels of practitioners including beginners.

Cost: Commuter: $60 - $100, Residential: $150. Texts not included.

Retreats will begin on Friday: 7-9 PM; Saturday 9am-12pm with a 2-hour vegetarian lunch break provided from 12-2pm, then 2-5pm with a vegetarian dinner break provided from 5-7pm and a 7-9pm practice. Then, Sunday 9am-12pm with a 2-hour vegetarian lunch break provided from 12-2pm and finish up from 2-5pm

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Meditation and the Path to Freedom

Namchak Khen Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas 

April 27th, 10:00am - 12:30pm

Meditation practice is an over 2,500 year-old tradition in Buddhism. Practiced and tested by countless individuals who have achieved amazing levels of concentration, insight and freedom from the root cause of all suffering, ignorance. In the sacred mandala of the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, from a lineage of the great masters of India and Tibet including our own Khen Rinpoche comes these teachings and practices. Khen Rinpoche will teach on the meditation practices of calm abiding and special insight meditation. Calm abiding develops the qualities of concentration and special insight uproots ignorance itself allowing one to develop the qualities of wisdom. A morning not to be missed. Suitable for both beginners and seasoned practitioners.   $10 includes tea.

Pre-registration not required, class at garden shrine room, please arrive a few minutes early to take your seat.

 

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The Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas

Namchak Khen Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

June1st thru June 2nd, 2019

‘The perfect Buddhas, who are the source of all benefit and joy, Come into being through accomplishing the sacred Dharma. Since this in turn depends on knowing how to practice, I shall now describe the practices of all the Buddhas’ heirs’ 

- Gyalse Tokme Zangpo (Translated by Adam Pearcey, 2006, lotsawahouse.org)

Gyalse Tokme Zangpo wrote The Thirty-Seven Practices of All the Bodhisattvas in the fourteenth century. His eloquent verses of advice summarize the meaning of the bodhisattva path and instructions on how to follow it. The bodhisattva is someone who has aroused Bodhichitta, the compassionate wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings and who also wishes to bring them to that state. This text is considered a masterpiece on how to follow the Buddhist path. Khen Rinpoche will elaborate on the many meanings of this text from his own vast study and realization. Commuter: $60 - $100, Residential: $150.

Retreat will begin on Saturday 9am-12pm, teachings - Lunch 12-1:30 - 1:30 pm-3:00pm, Buddhist refuge and Bodhissatva vows - 3:00 - 6:00 teachings - dinner from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Then, Sunday 9am-12pm with a 2-hour  lunch from 12-2pm and 2-5pm teachings and conclusion.

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Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows

Namchak Khen Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

June 1st - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

To take refuge is to formally enter and commit to the Buddhist path. We take refuge in the Buddha as the one who achieved awakening, the dharma as the teachings that lead to wisdom, and the sangha as the Buddhist community. The Bodhissattva vows are the commitment to attain enlightenment in order to benefit others. 

Meet at the Ewam Shrine Room at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas at 1:30 pm.  Event is free and open to all. A teacher offering is also customary at the conclusion of the vows; the amount does not matter, go with your own situation and heart.

Pre-registration is not required, please arrive a few minutes early to take your seat. 

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7th Annual Sangwa Yeshe Drubchod

Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, Namchak Khen Rinpoche, Namchak Khenpo Dorje, Jetsunma Pema Jamyang Palmo and Khenchen Lama at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

June 14th to 22nd, 2019

In the 9thcentury at the Drakmar Kyeu-tsang cave of Samye Chimphu in Tibet, Guru Rinpoche bestowed the sacred teachings of the Gathering of Sughatas. One of these rare and precious cycles of tantric instruction and practice was the Sangwe Yeshe (secret wisdom) cycle given to the dakini Yeshe Tsogyal and Nupchen Sangye Yeshe, one of the heart sons among the 25 disciples of Guru Rinpoche.

This practice was concealed in the rocks of these caves, Samye Chimpu and Drigung Tidro, by Yeshe Tsogyal as terma (spiritual treasures) to be revealed at a future time when the practices would be of the most benefit. It was prophesized that the future incarnation of Nupchen Sangwe Yeshe would be the revealer (terton) of these terma. Over 800 years later, in 1716, the great Terton Tsasum Lingpa, the re-incarnation of Nubchen Sangye Yeshe would open the secret doors of these places and reveal the terma.

Sangwe Yeshe, a nirmanakaya form of Vajravarahi is the great wisdom dakini, a manifestation of the enlightened feminine principal. The benefits of realization, long life, good health, prosperity, power, wish fulfillment, and the removal of obstacles are some of the results of this practice. Drubchod or the great accomplishment ceremony is an especially potent group format of deity practice to awaken one to the perception of one’s own true nature and the whole world as a sacred realm. 

This nine day group practice will be led by Vajra Master Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, founder and spiritual director of Ewam centers worldwide. Other great Buddhist masters who will be teaching during this Drubchod practice are Namchak Khen Rinpoche who is the resident Abbot at the Ewam Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, Khenpo Namchak Dorje and Jestunma Pema Yeshe Palmo. Khenchen Lama will be a special guest this year. The Drubchod is accomplished in four daily sessions held right in front of the central statue, Great Mother of Wisdom (Prajnaparamita), on the ground of the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.

This Drubchod is open to all levels of practitioner including beginners. There will be teachings and instructions throughout offering explanations and instructions.

*Sliding Scale Cost – All fees include 3 meals a day, all teaching and practice sessions and accommodations - everything included except accommodations for camping (bring your own gear) and commuter

Retreat Fee: $750.00 $700.00 $650.00 Camping Fee: $650.00 $600.00 $550.00

Commuter Fee: $600.00 $550.00 $500.00

(registration open soon)

Here is the 2019 schedule:

June 14th: Vajra Master Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche will inaugurate the 7th Annual Drubchod

June 15th: Vajra Master Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche will bestow the Empowerment related with

Khandro Sangwa Yeshe.

June 16th: Vajra Master Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche will give teachings on Sangwa Yeshe.

June 17th: Namchak Khen-Rinpoche will give teachings.

June 18th: The Six-Fold Chod Practice would be performed. This practice is also termed as ‘Cutting Through the Ego.” This spiritual practice is more prominent in the Nyingma and Kagyu school among the five schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Chod practice is based on the Prajnaparamita (the Perfection Of Wisdom), and in the Nyingma school it is classed in the Highest Yoga Tantra. Jetsunma Pema Sang-ngag Jamyang Yeshe Palmo will give teachings.

June 19th: The Puja and delivering the mind of the deceased will be performed. This puja is done for the sake of people and animals who have passed away. Through the power of sacred substances, mantras, and samadhi, their negativity and obscurations can be purified and their consciousness delivered to the Pure lands. In order to do this, we need a piece of the deceased’s bone, hair, or at least their name to be used in the puja. Khenpo Namchak Dorje will give teachings.

June 20th: Vajra Master Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche will perform the Fire Puja on the Four Activities simultaneously. The four activities are: Pacifying fire Puja, Magnetizing fire puja, Enriching fire puja and the Fire Puja of Subjugating activities.

June 21st: Receive the Siddhi (the blessed substances).

June 22nd: In the morning, there will be Bodhicitta Monlam (recitation of prayer) session, and the afternoon will be the Tibetan Cultural Festival.

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Summer Buddhist Studies Program – The Vajrayana Year One - June 27 – July 27

‘Without knowing anything, there can be no practice. Our study and practice will be like a lamp which illuminates the darkness, like the sun rising to light the morning.’ – Sang-Ngag Rinpoche on Shedra

June 27 – 28, Sang-Ngag Rinpoche will bestow the Guhyagharba empowerment

June 29 – July 27, Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma will teach on the vast and profound meanings of Buddhist tantra

Year one of our two year shedra program on the Vajrayana which will cover all six classes of tantra. Sang-Ngag Rinpoche will begin our summer program with the Guhyagarbha empowerment and teachings; thereafter the shedra will be taught by Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma. Year one will cover 5 of the Buddhist classes of tantra; Kriya tantra, Charya tantra, Yoga Tantra, Mahayoga and Anuyoga. Year two will be on Ati Yoga or Dzogchen.
This is an extremely rare opportunity to learn everything about tantric Buddhism you have ever wanted to know. This will be an in-depth and detailed analysis of the tantric path almost never extensively elucidated in the west. Students will attain a profound and sophisticated understanding of the lineage, theory and methods of the Vajrayana path.
The Vajrayana is described as the resultant vehicle because the result itself (Buddhahood) is said to dwell in the fundamental nature of mind. When the methods of tantra are practiced this result can be actualized thereby attaining Buddhahood in this very body and life. This secret and sacred tradition was practiced in India since the time of the Buddha and was passed in an unbroken lineage of transmission into the land of Tibet and now the west.
Thru such great masters of our lineage these teachings come to the garden this summer; from Indian masters, Guru Rinpoche, Longchenpa, Jigme Lingpa, Dilgo Khyentse, Sang-ngag Rinpoche to our two main shedra teachers Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma. Join us this summer for this precious time of inconceivable understanding and blessings at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.

This program is restricted. Completion of a Nyingma ngondro is required as a pre-requisite to be able to apply. For students who have been attending our summer shedra previously please contact for your specific pre-requisites. All students who meet this requirement will then need to be interviewed by Khen Rinpoche in order to be considered for attendance to the program. This will be a highly selective admissions process. Once accepted to attend the registration information will be sent to you. Please email info@ewamshedra.org to schedule your interview or ask any questions you might have about the program. Early inquiries and registration are highly recommended, the interest level has been extremely high for this program. Registration will be closed May 15, 2019 or until full. 

This program will not be offered on-line or available in any way except by being onsite. These teachings will not be recorded. Students must commit to attending all sessions on time without exceptions, partial attendance is not possible. Our main text is volume two of Treasury of Precious Qualities by Jigme Lingpa (Shambhala Publications, 2013) with commentaries by Kangyur Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in addition to the extensive oral teachings and pith instructions of our teachers. This year’s shedra will be held in a strict retreat format in order to achieve the greatest possible benefit. The schedule is 9 – 5 daily, an occasional day off of rest and study will be offered if time permits.

Cost for the entire program include all the teachings, 3 meals a day and accommodations. We have two fees depending on your ability to pay and also a limited number of financial aid packages that can pay up to half of your tuition price if you meet our lower income guidelines. Camping $950 and $1,100 (includes use of the sangha house) - Shared room $1,300 and $1,500.
 

For newer students to Buddhism our 5-year summer shedra program covering the entire Buddhist path will begin again in 2021.