Ewam Sang-ngag Ling
and the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

5th Annual Sangwa Yeshé Drubchöd Retreat 
4th Annual Bodhicitta Mönlam
and Tibetan Cultural Festival

Sangwa Yeshe Thangka by Gyurme


Friday, June 2, 2016 at 9:00 AM MDT
Saturday, June 10, 2016 at 5:00 PM MDT

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Ewam Garden of One Thousand Buddhas 
34756 White Coyote Road
Arlee, MT 59821

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Deborah Hicks 

Khandro Sangwa Yeshé, the secret wisdom Dakini, is a manifestation of the enlightened feminine principle. She appears in a blazing mass of wisdom's powerful energy that incinerates all our inner delusions.
You are invited to take part in this special 5th Annual Sangwa Yeshé Drubchöd Retreat at Ewam's Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana. This profound practice is led by Vajra Master Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, Namchak Khenpo and other Lamas. It will be accomplished in four daily sessions taking place in front of the beautiful Yum Chenmo statue on the lovely grounds of the Garden. You will receive the requisite empowerment bestowed by Rinpoche at the beginning of the retreat. 

Beginning on June 2nd, 2017, our founder and teacher Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche as well as many Khenpos, tulkus, lamas, yogis and yoginis will come to the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas to preside over a Bodhicitta prayer festival and several extensive practices related to the dakini Sangwa Yeshe. We would like to extend our invitations to all who are interested in joining us in these practices in order to pacify all illness and violence in the world and spread peace and happiness to all. Buddhist practitioners are especially encouraged to attend enabling everyone to fully unfold the dual benefit of self and other.

Here is the 2017 schedule and more info will follow on this registraiton page as we update this year's event:

June 2nd
: Rinpoche will give the Sangwa Yeshe Empowerment.
June 3rd: We will have a *Pacifying Fire Puja.
June 4th: Placing of thee 8 large supas from Indonesia in the Garden.
June 5th: We will have a *Sixfold Chöd ceremony for the benefit of the sick.
June 6th: There will be a *Magnetizing Fire Puja.
June 7th:  We will have a ceremony for delivering the deceased. 
June 8th: Consecration of newly installed Big stupas, statues of Longchenpa, etc

June 9th:  Receiving the Siddhi substances, Enriching fire Puja.
June 10th: Boddhicitta Mönlam, New Gate Opening Ceremony, Tibetan Festival

An Explanation of Special Drubchöd Activities:

*June 3 and 7Pacifying Fire Puja and Delivering the Deceased: This puja is done for the sake of people and animals who have passed away. Through the power of sacred substances, mantra, 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 use in the puja.

*June 5The Sixfold Chöd Puja: This practice is done in order to sever the continuity of chronic illness and clear away obstacles that deplete one's life force. If the sick are able to attend the puja in person that's the best, but if not one can provide some of their hair or nail clippings instead.

*June 6Magnetizing Fire Puja: This is done for the purpose of magnetizing resources and fulfilling one's desires. It's best if one can offer a red flower for the sake of this puja, but if not providing one's name will also suffice.

If you would like us to include you or your loved ones in any of the above pujas, please mail the substance like hair, nails, etc. and a description of your wishes, your name, address, email address as well as a $25 dollar or more suggested offering for each to: Ewam RE: Puja Offering, PO Box 330, Arlee, MT 59821.

Please also contact us directly if you would like to contribute flowers, candles (butter lamps), incense or other offering substances for our Bodhicitta prayer festival. 

Seven day Drupchöd is $675 (discount for members, camping, commuting, and early registrations) per person and includes a bed, or a tent camping space, portable outdoor facilities, and thee meals per day. If you need a shuttle from the airport, please note that on the registration form.

Please let us know as soon as possible whether you will be camping or need a bed. Feel free to call me if you have any questions about accommodations as well. 

We ask that you use the outdoor portable toilets as much as possible to reduce the stress on the septic system at the sangha house. 


Bring your own tent and gear and sleep outside which reduces the cost of the retreat. Temperatures during the day range anywhere from 50-80 and in the evenings it can range anywhere from 30-60 degrees. Campers and RV’s are also welcome.


Ewam serves three healthy vegetarian meals daily served. There will be a cook for lunch and dinner, however you will prepare your own breakfast with food provided. Items for breakfast will be: nut butters, jelly, cereal, muesli, milk, yogurt (fat-free, regular), fruit, bread, oatmeal, and eggs. We cannot accommodate all dietary needs and preferences, but invite you to tell us your concerns here. We will work with you as best we can! 

Air and Ground Transportation

We are 30 minutes from the Missoula airport. There is a section on the registration form for you to list whether you need a shuttle from the airport and your flight details. Depending on how many people are flying in for this retreat, you may have to wait at the airport for your ride to limit the amount of trips back and forth. 

If you are driving, here are directions to Ewam and the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.

For a smoother operation of the necessary preparations needed for the retreat, we encourage those attending to pay the full amount of the retreat. However, you may request in writing to pay 20% of the cost of the retreat 30 days prior to the retreat and the remaining 80% of the cost over an 8 month period or by December 31 of the year in which the retreat it held. The requirement to pay by the end of the calendar year is necessary to observe the rules of our accounting system.  

Karma Yoga

Karma Yoga (work service) represents time offered to support the needs of the retreat and is an intrinsic part of spiritual practice. All retreatants are expected to participate in approximately one hour of karma yoga daily. We greatly appreciate your willingness to help in this way. You will have the same job every day can trade jobs with people if you prefer on your own.

What to Bring

  • Layered clothing for hot days and cold nights, temperatures range anywhere from 35-100
  • Sunhats
  • Bath towels
  • Camping gear if camping—tent with rain fly and/or tarp, comfortable padding, and warm sleeping bag
  • Insect Repellent
  • Lantern or flashlight and batteries
  • We provide cushions, but please bring whatever makes you comfortable for meditation
  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Refillable water bottle AND thermos (help us reduce landfill trash by using your own water and coffee cups)
  • Personal items, alarm clock, bath towel, washcloth, toiletries
  • Earplugs
  • Meditation clothes, zens, chubas, malas, instruments, and texts from last year


We will be using the Sangwa Yeshe texts from last year (or perhaps will have new ones) and the Cascade of Blessings. More will be available for purchase. Many of you may already have these texts from last year, so please bring them along. If not, please note on the registration form if you would like to purchase them so we have enough copies available for everyone.



To pay for the retreat you can either click on the Paypal link on the registration form, click on this link to pay with credit card, mail a check into Ewam or pay in person prior to the empowerment on Friday.  If you are interested in becoming a member please go to Ewam’s  membership homepage.

CANCELLATION AND NO SHOW POLICY: We understand that situations arise in which you must cancel your attendance. As we purchase food based on registered attendees, we request you provide more than 24 hours notice to cancel for a refund. Refunds will be charged applicable handling fees. We are unable to offer a refund for cancellations made less than 72 hours notice or for no show participants who have not made timely cancellation arrangements. We understand that certain unavoidable circumstances may cause you to cancel within 24 hours. Fees in this instance may be waived with management approval or credit for furture programs will be given. Payments made to Ewam in kind with no service or product received in return is a tax deductible donation made to a 501(c)3 charitable institution.  

Sponsored by Ewam International and the Namchak Foundation. 
Pre-registration is required. 

Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche 
is the founder and spiritual director of Ewam International Centers. Rinpoche was recognized in early childhood as the reincarnation of the Gochen Tulku. Sang-ngag Rinpoche is an outstanding meditation master and scholar.  Rinpoche's vision of a peace garden in a mountainous valley came to him as a small child, eventually leading him to Montana to build the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. His primary residence is in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he has established a retreat and practice center, Pema Khandro Ling.  (Complete Bio)