THE GARDEN OF ONE THOUSAND BUDDHAS
Winter Hours: 9 am - dusk
Memorial Day - Labor Day: 8 am - dusk
The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in western Montana's Jocko Valley, just north of Arlee, is led by the visionary guidance of Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche. Nestled in a peaceful valley in the land of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas aligns positive properties of the physical world in a sacred architectural arrangement based on the eight-spoked Dharma wheel. This symbol evokes the turning or awakening of the enlightened qualities of altruism and wisdom.
The purpose of the garden is to bring about positive transformation within those who visit, in response to the negativity that abounds in the world today. One thousand hand-cast Buddha statues will be arrayed around the central figure of Yum Chenmo, or the Great Mother, the manifestation of the perfection of wisdom. One thousand stupas, representations of the enlightened mind, will line the outer circle. Each will enshrine an image of the female deity, Tara. Elegantly adorned with native trees and flowers, it is hoped that the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas will instill lasting impressions of peacefulness and compassion. To read more about the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, please visit the garden website or the Facebook page linked on this site.
The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas is a public park, botanical garden and Buddhist center in the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. The mission of the Garden is to provide people of all faiths with an opportunity to generate profound merit and reduce global negativity. The garden is a sacred place to uncover one’s fundamental dignity, intelligence and wakefulness. Through the use of the ancient symbols of Buddhism, the garden awakens one’s natural inner qualities of joy, wisdom, and compassion. The garden is an architectural masterpiece located in the most beautiful mountain scenery of Montana.
For those who feel inspired to contribute to the vision of creating the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, there are several ways to give. You may make an easy, secure online contribution, click here or mail a check made out to “Ewam Buddha Garden” and mail to: P.O. Box 330, Arlee, MT 59821. Ewam is a federally-registered 501c(3) non-profit organization. All donations within the U.S. are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.