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

6th Annual Sangwa Yeshé Drubchöd,

Bodhicitta Monlam and Tibetan Cultural Festival

Sangwa Yeshe Thangka by Gyurme


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

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Sangwa Yeshé Drubchöd: June 8-15, 2018
Bodhicitta Monlam and Tibetan Festival: June 16, 2018
You are invited to take part in the 6th Annual Sangwa Yeshé Drubchöd at 
 Ewam Sang-ngag Ling in Arlee, Montana.  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. This seven-day group practice is led by Vajra Master Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, Namchak Khen Rinpoche, Khenpo Namchak Dorje, Jetsunma  Pema Sang-ngag Jamyang Yeshe Palmo and many other Lamas.  The drubchöd is accomplished in four daily sessions taking place in front of the Yum Chenmo statue on the grounds of the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.

Below is the 2018 schedule. Continue to check our website and this page for more information as we update this year's event:

June 8th - Empowerment of Sangwa Yeshe
June 9th - Teaching by Jetsunma
June 10th - Pacifying Fire Puja
June 11th - Six-fold Chod Puja (for those who are sick)
June 12th - Magnetizing fire Puja
June 13th - Ceremony for the Deceased
June 14th - Teaching by Rinpoche
June 15th - Receiving the Siddhis (the blessed substances)
June 16th - Morning Boddhicitta Monlam Ceremony, Tibetan Festival, Gate Opening Ceremony

An Explanation of Special Drubchöd Activities:

*June 10 and 13Pacifying 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 11The Six-fold 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. It is best if the sick individual is able to attend this puja in person.  However, if one is not able to attend, please provide some clippings of the sick person's hair or nails.

*June 12Magnetizing 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 this puja.  Providing one's name only will also suffice.

~In order for you or your loved ones to be included in any of the above pujas please send us your name, address, email address and phone number along with the particular substance (hair, nails, etc.) and a description of your wishes.  Suggested donation is $25 - $100 per puja.  Please make a contribution in accord with your means.  Puja Offerings should be sent to: 
Ewam RE: Puja Offering
PO Box 330
Arlee, MT 59821
If you have any questions about puja offerings or would like to contribute flowers, candles (butter lamps), incense or other offering substances for our Bodhicitta prayer festival on June 16, 2018 please contact us at admin@ewam.org.

Cost and Accommodations

Drupchöd cost is a sliding scale fee of $650 - $750 per person (discounted pricing for campers and commuters).  Please make a payment in accord with your means.  Indoor accommodations include a bed and three vegetarian meals per day.  Indoor space is limited and will be filled on a first come- first serve basis.  If you desire indoor accommodation please register online as soon as possible.


Sliding scale pricing for camping: $550 - $650. Please bring your own tent and gear. Keep in mind that temperatures during the day usually range from 50-90 degrees and in the evenings it may drop below freezing. We've seen a bit of snow in June so keep an eye on the forecast and prepare accordingly.  In the case of severe or inclement weather indoor floor space may be available for sleeping at night. Campers and RV’s are also welcome.


Sliding scale pricing for commuters: $500-$600.  Cost includes two vegetarian meals per day - lunch and dinner.  Contact us at admin@ewam.org if you have any questions about our accommodations.


Our cook provides two healthy vegetarian meals for lunch and dinner each day. Breakfast is self serve. Nutrutious foods such as nut butters, cereals, muesli, milk, yogurt (fat-free, regular), fruit, bread, oatmeal, and eggs are available. We cannot accommodate all dietary needs and preferences but invite you to tell us your concerns by email. Contact admin@ewam.org well in advance to discuss your dietary issues and we will try to work with you.

Air and Ground Transportation

We are located 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 the group pick up time.  There is a fee of $15 each way for a shuttle to or from the airport.

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

Registration and Payment

All participants must register in advance online. Registration closes May 1, 2018.  Payment in full is expected at the time of registration. However, you may contact us to arrange a payment plan if necessary.  Use the Paypal link on the registration form or mail a check to:

PO Box 330
Arlee, MT 59821


 ~Payment upon arrival will not be honored unless you have made specific plans with us in advance (by May 1st).  Contact admin@ewam.org with questions or to arrange to pay at the door if necessary.

Karma Yoga

Karma Yoga (work service) is time offered to support the needs of the retreat. 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 be assigned the same task every day.  However, you may arrange to trade jobs on your own with another student.  Please update the retreat coordinator of any mutual changes in karma yoga assignments.

What to Bring

  • Layered clothing for hot days and cold nights.  Temperatures may vary drastically this time of year.
  • 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 (please help us reduce landfill trash by using your own water and coffee cups)
  • Personal items, alarm clock, bath towel, washcloth, toiletries
  • Earplugs
  • Meditation clothes, zen, chuba, mala, ritual instruments, and texts from last year


We will be using the Sangwa Yeshe texts from recent years and the Cascade of Blessings. More copies of those texts will be available for purchase. Please bring them with you if you have them.  If not, please note on the registration form if you would like to purchase them so we have enough copies available for everyone at the start of the drubchod.

CANCELLATION AND NO SHOW POLICY: We understand that situations arise in which you must cancel your attendance.  Refunds will be charged applicable handling fees. We are unable to offer a refund for cancellations made with 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. 
Registration Online In Advance 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)