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. Commuter rate is for local people who will not need overnight accommodations (includes lunch on weekend retreats) and residential includes a shared or private room at one of the garden guesthouses and all meals.

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The Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas

Namchak Khen Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

June 1 thru June 2, 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: Sliding scale $60 - $100, Residential (single or shared room): $150. Webinar: $50 - $60

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 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Sunday 9am-12pm - 2-hour  lunch 12-2pm - 2-5pm teachings and conclusion.

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Mind Sadhana Empowerment

Sang-ngag Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

June 9th - 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Please join HE Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche the head of Ewam International and founder of the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas to celebrate Guru Rinpoche Day on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

In the morning, Rinpoche will kindly bestow the empowerment of “The Distilled Heart Essence, The Unifying Sadhana of the Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes from the Gathering of Sugatas: The Means for Accomplishing the Enlightened Mind of the Lama:” (Tib. Lame Thuk-drup De-shek Kun-du). This text was prepared by Rinpoche from the Namchak Tsasum Lingpa treasures.

After lunch, there will be an elaborate feast offering practice. This ganacakra feast offering (Tibetan: tsog) is traditionally observed each month on the 10th day of the Tibetan Lunar calendar and we will continue this tradition here at the Garden going forward. To formally mark this special occasion, we are very fortunate to have HE Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche at our center.

Schedule for June 9th:

8:30 am to 12 pm – Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment of Mind Sadhana

2 pm to 5:30 pm - Ganacakra feast (tsog)

*Please bring your own lunch to enjoy at the Garden

For those new to Buddhist practice, when receiving an empowerment, it is customary to offer a kata (white scarf), along with dana (monetary gift) in accord with one's means, in order to create the circumstances for an auspicious connection to the teacher, lineage and practice.

If you wish, please bring offerings of food or drink to contribute to the tsog. The offerings will be collectively arranged on the shrine altar and remain there throughout the session to be blessed while we engage in the sadhana practice. They will then be distributed to the sangha.

Pre-registration not required - come a few minutes early and take you seat. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information please contact Claudette at admin@ewam.org.

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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 with shared room: Sliding scale $750.00 $700.00 $650.00 Camping Fee (bring own gear): Sliding scale $650.00 $600.00 $550.00

Commuter Fee: Sliding scale $600.00 $550.00 $500.00

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

Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma Pema Jamyang Palmo

‘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.

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Green Tara Teachings

Jetsunma Jamyang Palmo at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

August 3rd - 10 am to 5 pm

Revealed by Pegyal Lingpa, the great yogi of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in the 20th century. This Green Tara practice, the enlightened feminine principle, is used to reveal our own innate wisdom and compassion. Tara embodies enlightened activity and energy. The practice in English is both concise and easily accessible to both beginners and more seasoned practitioners alike. 

This retreat will be taught by the Venerable Jetsunma Jamyang Palmo. Jetsunma has completed nine years of retreat and nine years of shedra studies at Ngagyur Nyingma Institute. Jetsunma was enthroned by Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche and given the highest honorific title of Jetsunma. Jetsunma having accomplished the most complete training in Buddhism is also currently pursuing studies in American universities, primarily in psychology and western thought. This is a rare opportunity to study and learn this profound practice with one of the foremost teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in the 21st century. Continue reading Jetsunma's full bio here.

10 am - noon (morning session)

12 pm - 2 pm (lunch break)

2 pm - 5 pm (afternoon session)

Please arrive a little early to take your seat. The teachings will begin promptly at 10 am.

Please register online in advance.

Sliding scale $30 - $50, lunch included. Please contact James at info@ewamshedra.org for more information or if you need to arrange another payment option. (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds).

 

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Phowa

Namchak Khen Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

August 16 - 18

Phowa accomplishment ensures that we won’t die in a state of spiritual uncertainty and drift helplessly in the after-death bardo. It provides a consummate method at the time of death. The practice of p’howa is the extraordinary Vajrayana method for attaining rebirth in the pure realms of one's choosing. P’howa means transferring consciousness from one state to another. Khen Rinpoche is a fully qualified Phowa master of these swift methods and will bestow the complete instructions on how to accomplish the practice.

Cost, sliding scale – Commuters, $60 – $100 – Residential $150 for the weekend. Text not included.

Retreat begins Friday: 7-9 PM; Saturday 9am-12pm – vegetarian lunch break 12-2pm, teachings 2-5pm – vegetarian dinner break 5-7pm – 7-9pm practice. Sunday 9am-12pm – 2-hour vegetarian lunch break 12-2pm – teachings and conclusion from 2-5pm.

 

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Yangti Nagpo

Sang-ngag Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

Vajra Group (Year 1) ~ September 13th - September 20th

We are very happy to announce that Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche has generously decided to open up the Yangti cycle of teachings to a new group of students again this fall.

The teachings of Yangti Nagpo ("Black Quintessence") are a cycle of teachings belonging to the "Yangti" class of Ati Yoga teachings of the Nyingma Tradition. A lineage holder of the Yangti Nagpo Cycle, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche has taken upon himself the responsibility of upholding, preserving, and disseminating these unique practices both in Asia and the United States.

Although sometimes mistakenly considered to be solely focused on dark retreat, Yangti Nagpo is in fact an extensive cycle of spiritual trainings spanning the breadth of Tibetan Vajrayana practice. All participants, regardless of previous experience, begin the cycle of teachings at the preliminary level and progress through the practices. See the Yangti Nagpo website here.

*Anyone interested in joining this retreat must have permission to attend from Rinpoche prior to registering. Please email Khenpo Namchak Dorji at tulkusangngag@gmail.com to request permission.  Be sure to include your practice history; teachers with whom you have studied, which ngondro you completed/are currently engaging in, or if you are a new student to Buddhism, etc.

Please contact yangtinagpo@gmail.com with questions or for more information.