Ewam Sang-ngag Ling

and the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

Summer Buddhist Studies Program
Nyingma Shedra led by Namchak Khen Rinpoche
July 1-27, 2018 


Friday, June 30 2017 at 9:00 AM MDT
Sunday, July 28, 2017 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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James Curran

Ewam hosts an in-depth teaching on Jigme Lingpa’s seminal text Treasury of
Precious Qualities. This text is a definitive, detailed presentation of the entire
Buddhist path.

Our summer 2018 program covers the ninth chapter on Bodhichitta and the
meaning of “wisdom” in the Buddhist tradition. This program is taught by
Namchak Khenpo and is suitable for both students new to Buddhism and
intermediate students. This text is a detailed presentation of the entire Buddhist path.  It was taught by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche at Shechen Monastary every year. Considerably so valuable that his students wore it on their person. Patrul Rinpoche said, “to hear one word of this text would place one on the path to liberation and to study the whole text would lead to Buddhahood in this life.” Having Buddhist refuge vows is also a requirement. For those that don't have them, they will be offered at the beginning of the shedra program.

Classes will be held 6 days a week Mon-Sat between 9:00am-5:30pm. Tuition for
programs includes all teaching sessions, three meals a day, and accommodation of your choosing. A non-residential (commuting) option is available which includes all teaching sessions and lunch. This event is limited to 65 people, Institute events do sell out, sonplease register early. Don't miss our new website ewamshedra.org for more information.


  • Camping: $900 includes use of the sangha house facilities and indoor spaces.
  • Shared room: $1,200
  • Private room: $1,600
  • Non-residential (commuting): $600
  • Online classes: The online classes include the morning teaching sessions on the text, afternoon study sessions and auxiliary subjects will not be streamed. Accessible live and for one year at the conclusion of the program, you may also download and keep the video recordings: $450
  • Part time – local and want to experience shedra? Come join us for one or more days – $20/day lunch included.  Please email info@ewamshedra.org and let us know when you are coming so we can plan accordingly.

Students may pay a $200 deposit to reserve a space at any accomodation level and pay remainder by June 1st.  Payment plans and limited financial aid are available.  Contact info@ewamshedra.org to discuss these options.  Private rooms are limited.  Please contact us if you have any questions about accommodations.

We ask that all participants 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 under the stars.  Temperatures may drastically change even in July.  Keep an eye on the forecast and plan accordingly.  Campers and RV’s are also welcome.


Ewam serves three healthy, vegetarian meals daily. 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, granola, 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. 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 to ride with a group.  Shuttle cost is $25 each way.

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

Karma Yoga

Karma Yoga (work service) is time offered to support the needs of the retreat and is an intrinsic part of spiritual practice. All retreatants will 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 each day.  However, you may trade jobs with another student on your own.  Please inform the retreat manager of any mutual changes to the karma yoga assignments.


If you don't already have it, please purchase a copy of Treasury of Precious Qualities and bring it to the teachings. We will also use Cascade of Blessings (Ewam Prayer Book). Bring it if you have it or you may purchase one at Ewam.


We encourage those attending to pay the full amount of the retreat at the time of registration.  You may also choose to pay a $200 deposit to reserve your space (the remainder of your retreat fee due by June 1st.)  Failure to pay the balance due by June 1st may forfeit your lodging reservation.  Payment plans and limited financial aid scholarships are available.  Contact info@ewamshedra.org for more information. 


Registration online in advance is required.  To pay for the retreat, use the Paypal link on the registration form or mail a check to Ewam.  Payment upon arrival will not be honored unless you have made arrangements with our administrative staff before June 1st.                                                                                       

If you are interested in becoming a member with a monthly donation in order to recieve the discounted retreat prices, please go to Ewam’s  membership homepage.


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)

 Namchak Khenpo, the brother and spiritual heir of Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, the founder of The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, was born in Eastern Tibet in 1965. As a young monk, Khenpo studied all aspects of Buddhism, including ritual arts and chanting. Khenpo traveled to Mysore, India where he had the good fortune to meet His Holiness, Penor Rinpoche and begin studying at His Holiness’s Nyingma College, Namdrol Ling Shedra. He graduated after nine years as a Do-Ngag Rabjampa, Master of Sutra and Tantra, the highest academic degree.