New retreats and classes are offered in addition to the current schedule. The 2020 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. Also see ewam.org for a complete listing of Ewam Intenational events and classes.
Summer Buddhist Studies Program
Summer Buddhist Studies Program 2021 is still being discussed and whether possible to have this year is being decided based on the pandemic situation; we will have information soon. Thank you for your patience!
Year One - Foundational Buddhist Teachings
July 1st - 31st
This year the shedra is open to all students as we begin our exploration of the Buddhist path according to the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. In the sacred ancient land of India the Buddha turned the wheel of the dharma (the Buddhist teachings) bringing inconceivable benefit for human beings. After attaining the final result of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya India, the Buddha began his teachings on the theory and methods of how each individual could achieve the same realization that he had achieved. This year we will explore the theory of karma, impermanence, the four noble truths and the 12 links of interdependent origination as well many additional topics on the Buddhist path. These are the precious foundational teachings of Buddhism which one will use throughout the entire path. This immersive month is designed for people new to Buddhism and more seasoned students alike who wish to deepen their understanding.
Our shedra program is a five year program that meets every year in July and may be attended for a year, several years or the entire certificate program of five years which covers all the teachings of Buddhism from the foundational vehicles to the highest teachings of Ati Yoga or Dzogchen. We will use the seminal text by Jigme Lingpa, Treasury of Precious Qualities, written in the 18th century as a key to all the Buddhist teachings of scripture and realization. Our shedra is unique in that we will also offer some of the methods of practice and meditation that accompany the stages of the path.
Our curriculum is in the tradition of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), the fully realized master of India who brought Buddhism into Tibet in the 8th century and additionally the great Buddhist universities of India and Tibet. It is that similar spirit of discovery and the special journey of Buddhism to a new country that our institute embodies. Founded and inaugurated by Tulku Sang-snag Rinpoche in 2016 as one his heart visions for the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas and under the direction of Ngawang Gelek (Khen Rinpoche), resident abbot at the garden. Our purpose is to fully train students in all aspects of Buddhist philosophy, theory and practice.
The institute is a place for exploration, learning and discourse on the over 2000 year old Buddhist tradition. Our faculty of Khen Rinpoche, Jetsunma Palmo and Namchak Khenpo offer unparalleled world class education. We welcome everyone to join us for this landmark program at the beautiful Montana campus at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.
Year Two Vajrayana
July 1st - 31st
Year one of our two year shedra program on the Vajrayana covered five of the six classes of tantra. This year we will continue with the Ati Yoga or Dzogchen teachings and complete the tantric teachings. Sang-Ngag Rinpoche will begin our summer program with relevant empowerments and teachings; thereafter the shedra will be taught by Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma. This year in addition to elucidating the meanings of the concluding section of the Treasury of Precious Qualities, we will be offering the complete transmission and teachings on the Chöying Dzö, Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena by Longchenpa. This program is restricted and will only be open to those who attended the Vajrayana year one last summer.