Ewam USA Centers

Pema Khandro Ling
1221 Luisa St, Ste A Santa Fe, NM 89505

Ewam Sang-ngag Ling and the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
PO Box 330  |  34756 White Coyote Rd., Arlee, MT 59821  |  406-726-0555 admin@ewam.org  |  Claudette Carlson. Commuter rate is for local people who will not need overnight accommodations (includes lunch on weekend and day long retreats) and residential includes a shared or private room at one of the garden guesthouses and all meals.

2019 Teaching Schedule

Teachings on the Preliminary Practices (Ngondro)

with Lama Choying in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sundays, beginning March 3rd 

2 pm - 4 pm MST

Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche instructed Lama Chöying (Corinna Chung) to offer classes on the Preliminary Practices, in Tibetan “Ngondro”, suitable for beginners and as support for those already engaged in these practices.

Participants will be provided with the text of the Preliminary Practice from the Black Quintessence (Yangti Nagpo) cycle of Teachings, which Tulku Sang-ngag received from the late Trulshik Rinpoche. Ngondros generally share the same basic structure. Therefore, the study, reflection, and meditation we’ll engage in are applicable to other Preliminary Practices, especially since they are drawn from Tulku Sang-ngag’s oral teaching as well as Longchen Nyingthig and Dudjom Tersar commentaries.

On the Vajrayana path, the Preliminaries normally precede the “Main Practice” of the Creation and Completion stages, such as the Guru and Dakini sadhanas which Khenpo Namchak Dorji taught on in January.  And, completion of the ngondro practice is required by Tulku Sang-ngag for attending his Tsalung (Tibetan Inner Yoga) and Dzogchen (Great Perfection) retreats.

However, many teachers have said: These practices are so-called “preliminary or preparatory” but they are in fact not only fundamental to the entire Buddhist path, they already contain within them the profound qualities of all the Main Practices.

Session I - March 3rd, 2-4 pm

Three Supreme Methods - awakened heart, non-conceptuality, dedication. Session Preliminaries - body, breath, intention. Four Reflections to turn the mind toward the Dharma.

Session II - March 10th, 2-4 pm

Taking Refuge. Gaining trust. Deepening motivation. Three levels of Refuge. Benefits and precepts.

Session III - March 17th, 2-4 pm

Bodhicitta. Four Boundless - love, compassion, joy, impartiality. Tonglen. Six transcendent virtues.

Session IV - March 24th, 2-4 pm 

Gathering merit and wisdom through Mandala offering. Purification of body, speech and mind through Vajrasattva practice.

Session V - March 31st, 2-4 pm

Pure Perception. The 7-branch prayer. Guru Yoga, uniting with the awakened mind and qualities of the spiritual teacher. Meeting the inner guru. Empowerments. The Blessing Lineage. Dedication of merit.

Besides studying the subjects listed above, periods for discussion and silent or guided meditations are included.

Suggested donation $10 - 15/per class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To make a contribution online, please use the Ewam Santa Fe PayPal button on our website at ewam.org/donate. Mark in the memo field "ngondro class". Thank you for your generosity.

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The Buddhist Path

Namchak Khen Rinpoche at House Yoga, Downtown Missoula

March 30, 2019, 2 - 5 p.m.

Khen Rinpoche will go over the entire Buddhist path. The Buddhist path according to the ancient school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Nyingmapa school, has three vehicles and nine divisions within those three of practice and study. The three principle vehicles of Buddhist philosophy and practice are the Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana as symbolized at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. The practices ascend from foundational methods such as calm abiding meditation to the pinnacle of Buddhist practice, Dzogchen. For those who have wanted to know what Buddhists do and how to follow the path this will be an excellent overview.

Sliding scale $10 - $20 including tea and snacks. Webinar available. 

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Introduction to Tantra

Namchak Khen Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

Sunday March 31,  2-5 p.m.

Introduction to Tantrayana otherwise known as Mantrayana or the Vajrayana is the topic of this talk. It is the Resultant Vehicle, because the path is no longer based on establishing the cause, but identifying directly with the fruition (Buddhahood). Tantra begins with the view that the final attainment or result has been within the mind from the very beginning, but has been obscured by ignorance and obscurations. Both sutra and tantra share the same ultimate goal of enlightenment. The greatest difference between them lies in the methods employed. Khen Rinpoche will in addition discuss the meaning of the drubchod ‘great accomplishment” retreat happening in June and will give the Green Tara practice reading transmission.

Sliding scale $10 - $20 including tea and snacks.

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Pema Traktung Healing Retreat with Namchak Khen Rinpoche

at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

April 19 - 21, 2019

Pema Traktung is among the practices of Guru Rinpoche inthe wrathful form, a healing practice within the Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhist tradition. A treasure dharma practice discovered by Namchak Tsasum Lingpa, it is a vital practice on the path to ultimate enlightenment especially meant for overcoming obstacles of negative forces and removing the defilements, negative conditions of practice, and the clearing/curing of diseases including mental and physical health issues. Appropriate for all levels of practitioners including beginners.

Commuter: Sliding scale $60 - 100, Residential (single or shared room): $150.  Texts not included

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Longchen Nyingtig Tsalung Teachings (Year 2)

 Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche,  April 28 - May 8, 2019 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Registration is now open for the second year of teachings on the Longchen Nyingtig Tsalung practices. This is a restricted retreat, open only to those who have completed the first year of teachings under the guidance of Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche or Lopon Dechen Drolma (Beth Lee-Herbert). If you are uncertain if you have permission to attend, please contact santafe@ewam.org.

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Annual Dzogchen Retreat with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche

May 10 - 14, 2019 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche will give five days of teachings on the Dzogchen practice of Trekchö, or "thoroughly cutting," in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  

These teachings are open by invitation only. If you have previously attended this annual Dzogchen retreat with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, you may register without inquiring. 

Other interested students that have finished at least half of a Vajrayana Ngondro may send an email to Khenpo Namchak Dorji at tulkusangngag@gmail.com requesting permission to attend. Please include your experience in the Vajrayana (teachers you have studied with, teachings received, retreats completed, etc.).

Teachings are non-residential. Contact santafe@ewam.org with questions.

Retreat Fee: Sliding Scale $300-$350

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Yeshe Lama -  Teachings by Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche

May 17 - 26, 2019 at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

Yeshe Lama, written by Vidyadhara Jigmed Lingpa, is the most important practice manual on the Great Perfection teachings of the Nyingma tradition. Jigmed Lingpa stated, "Realization of the pure awareness that transcends the mind is the specialty of the Great Perfection." These teachings are restricted to those students who have completed a Nyingma ngondro (or will finish by the retreat start date) and who have received permission from Rinpoche to attend.  If you are uncertain if you are allowed to attend, please email Khenpo Namchak Dorji (tulkusangngag@gmail.com) to request permission from Rinpoche. 

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The Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas

Namchak Khen Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

June 1st thru June 2nd, 2019

‘The perfect Buddhas, who are the source of all benefit and joy, Come into being through accomplishing the sacred Dharma. And since this in turn depends on knowing how to practice, I shall now describe the practices of all the Buddhas’ heirs’ - Gyalse Tokme Zangpo (Translated by Adam Pearcey, 2006, lotsawahouse.org)

Gyalse Tokme Zangpo wrote The Thirty-Seven Practices of All the Bodhisattvasin the fourteenth century. His eloquent verses of advice summarize the meaning of the bodhisattva path and instructions on how to follow it. The bodhisattva is someone who has aroused Bodhichitta, the compassionate wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings and who also wishes to bring them to that state. This text is considered a masterpiece on how to follow the Buddhist path. Khen Rinpoche will elaborate on the many meanings of this text from his own vast study and realization.

Khen Rinpoche will also be offering refuge and Bodhisattva vows during this retreat.

Commuter: Sliding scale $60 - 100 sliding scale, Residential (single or shared room): $150. Webinar available.

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7th Annual Sangwe Yeshe Drubchod

Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, Namchak Khen Rinpoche, Namchak Khenpo Dorje, Jetsunma Pema Jamyang Palmo and Khenchen Lama at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

June 14th to 22nd, 2019

In the 9thcentury at the Drakmar Kyeu-tsang cave of Samye Chimphu in Tibet, Guru Rinpoche bestowed the sacred teachings of the Gathering of Sughatas. One of these rare and precious cycles of tantric instruction and practice was the Sangwe Yeshe (secret wisdom) cycle given to the dakini Yeshe Tsogyal and Nupchen Sangye Yeshe, one of the heart sons among the 25 disciples of Guru Rinpoche.

This practice was concealed in the rocks of these caves, Samye Chimpu and Drigung Tidro, by Yeshe Tsogyal as terma (spiritual treasures) to be revealed at a future time when the practices would be of the most benefit. It was prophesized that the future incarnation of Nupchen Sangwe Yeshe would be the revealer (terton) of these terma. Over 800 years later, in 1716, the great Terton Tsasum Lingpa, the re-incarnation of Nubchen Sangye Yeshe would open the secret doors of these places and reveal the terma.

Sangwe Yeshe, a nirmanakaya form of Vajravarahi is the great wisdom dakini, a manifestation of the enlightened feminine principal. The benefits of realization, long life, good health, prosperity, power, wish fulfillment, and the removal of obstacles are some of the results of this practice. Drubchod or the great accomplishment ceremony is an especially potent group format of deity practice to awaken one to the perception of one’s own true nature and the whole world as a sacred realm.

This nine day group practice will be led by Vajra Master Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, founder and spiritual director of Ewam centers worldwide. Other great Buddhist masters who will be teaching during this Drubchod practice are Namchak Khen Rinpoche who is the resident Abbot at the Ewam Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, Khenpo Namchak Dorje and Jestunma Pema Yeshe Palmo. Khenchen Lama will be a special guest this year. The Drubchod is accomplished in four daily sessions held right in front of the central statue, Great Mother of Wisdom (Prajnaparamita), on the ground of the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.

This Drubchod is open to all levels of practitioner including beginners. There will be teachings and instructions throughout offering explanations and instructions.

*Sliding Scale Cost – All fees include 3 meals a day, all teaching and practice sessions and accommodations - everything included except accommodations for camping (bring your own gear) and commuter

Retreat Fee with shared room: Sliding scale $750.00 $700.00 $650.00 Camping Fee (bring your own gear): Sliding scale $650.00 $600.00 $550.00

Commuter Fee: Sliding scale $600.00 $550.00 $500.00

Here is the 2019 schedule:

June 14th: Vajra Master Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche will inaugurate the 7th Annual Drubchod

June 15th: Vajra Master Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche will bestow the Empowerment related with

Khandro Sangwa Yeshe.

June 16th: Vajra Master Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche will give teachings on Sangwa Yeshe.

June 17th: Namchak Khen-Rinpoche will give teachings.

June 18th: The Six-Fold Chod Practice would be performed. This practice is also termed as ‘Cutting Through the Ego.” This spiritual practice is more prominent in the Nyingma and Kagyu school among the five schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Chod practice is based on the Prajnaparamita (the Perfection Of Wisdom), and in the Nyingma school it is classed in the Highest Yoga Tantra. Jetsunma Pema Sang-ngag Jamyang Yeshe Palmo will give teachings.

June 19th: The Puja and delivering the mind of the deceased will be performed. This puja is done for the sake of people and animals who have passed away. Through the power of sacred substances, mantras, 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 be used in the puja. Khenpo Namchak Dorje will give teachings.

June 20th: Vajra Master Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche will perform the Fire Puja on the Four Activities simultaneously. The four activities are: Pacifying fire Puja, Magnetizing fire puja, Enriching fire puja and the Fire Puja of Subjugating activities.

June 21st: Receive the Siddhi (the blessed substances).

June 22nd: In the morning, there will be Bodhicitta Monlam (recitation of prayer) session, and the afternoon will be the Tibetan Cultural Festival.

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Summer Buddhist Studies Program – The Vajrayana Year One - June 27 – July 27, 2019

Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma Pema Jamyang Palmo

‘Without knowing anything, there can be no practice. Our study and practice will be like a lamp which illuminates the darkness, like the sun rising to light the morning.’ – Sang-Ngag Rinpoche on Shedra

June 27 – 28, Sang-Ngag Rinpoche will bestow the Guhyagharba empowerment

June 29 – July 27, Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma will teach on the vast and profound meanings of Buddhist tantra

Year one of our two year shedra program on the Vajrayana which will cover all six classes of tantra. Sang-Ngag Rinpoche will begin our summer program with the Guhyagarbha empowerment and teachings; thereafter the shedra will be taught by Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma. Year one will cover 5 of the Buddhist classes of tantra; Kriya tantra, Charya tantra, Yoga Tantra, Mahayoga and Anuyoga. Year two will be on Ati Yoga or Dzogchen. This is an extremely rare opportunity to learn everything about tantric Buddhism you have ever wanted to know. This will be an in-depth and detailed analysis of the tantric path almost never extensively elucidated in the west. Students will attain a profound and sophisticated understanding of the lineage, theory and methods of the Vajrayana path.

The Vajrayana is described as the resultant vehicle because the result itself (Buddhahood) is said to dwell in the fundamental nature of mind. When the methods of tantra are practiced this result can be actualized thereby attaining Buddhahood in this very body and life. This secret and sacred tradition was practiced in India since the time of the Buddha and was passed in an unbroken lineage of transmission into the land of Tibet and now the west.

Through such great masters of our lineage these teachings come to the garden this summer; from Indian masters, Guru Rinpoche, Longchenpa, Jigme Lingpa, Dilgo Khyentse, Sang-ngag Rinpoche to our two main shedra teachers Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma. Join us this summer for this precious time of inconceivable understanding and blessings at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.

This program is restricted. Completion of a Nyingma ngondro is required as a pre-requisite to be able to apply. For students who have been attending our summer shedra previously please contact for your specific pre-requisites. All students who meet this requirement will then need to be interviewed by Khen Rinpoche in order to be considered for attendance to the program. This will be a highly selective admissions process. Once accepted to attend the registration information will be sent to you. Please email info@ewamshedra.org to schedule your interview or ask any questions you might have about the program. Early inquiries and registration are highly recommended, the interest level has been extremely high for this program. Registration will be closed May 15, 2019 or until full.

This program will not be offered on-line or available in any way except by being onsite. These teachings will not be recorded. Students must commit to attending all sessions on time without exceptions, partial attendance is not possible. Our main text is volume two of Treasury of Precious Qualities by Jigme Lingpa (Shambhala Publications, 2013) with commentaries by Kangyur Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in addition to the extensive oral teachings and pith instructions of our teachers. This year’s shedra will be held in a strict retreat format in order to achieve the greatest possible benefit. The schedule is 9 – 5 daily, an occasional day off of rest and study will be offered if time permits.

Cost for the entire program include all the teachings, 3 meals a day and accommodations. We have two fees depending on your ability to pay and also a limited number of financial aid packages that can pay up to half of your tuition price if you meet our lower income guidelines. Camping $950 and $1,100 (includes use of the sangha house) - Shared room $1,300 and $1,500. For further information see ewamshedra.org.

For newer students to Buddhism our 5-year summer shedra program covering the entire Buddhist path will begin again in 2021.

Phowa Teachings with Namchak Khen Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

August 19 - 21

Phowa accomplishment ensures that we won’t die in a state of spiritual uncertainty and drift helplessly in the after-death bardo. It provides a consummate method at the time of death. The practice of p’howa is the extraordinary Vajrayana method for attaining rebirth in the pure realms of one's choosing. P’howa means transferring consciousness from one state to another. Khen Rinpoche is a fully qualified Phowa master of these swift methods and will bestow the complete instructions on how to accomplish the practice.

Cost, sliding scale – Commuters, $60 – $100 – Residential $150 for the weekend. Text not included.

Retreat begins Friday: 7-9 PM; Saturday 9am-12pm – vegetarian lunch break 12-2pm, teachings 2-5pm – vegetarian dinner break 5-7pm – 7-9pm practice. Sunday 9am-12pm – 2-hour vegetarian lunch break 12-2pm – teachings and conclusion from 2-5pm.

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Yangti Nagpo 2019 Dates

Garden of One Thousand Buddhas - Arlee, Montana

Registration for all groups open soon.

Vajra Group (Year 1) ~ September 13th - September 20th

We are very happy to announce that Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche has generously decided to open up the Yangti cycle of teachings to a new group of students again this fall.

The teachings of Yangti Nagpo ("Black Quintessence") are a cycle of teachings belonging to the "Yangti" class of Ati Yoga teachings of the Nyingma Tradition. A lineage holder of the Yangti Nagpo Cycle, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche has taken upon himself the responsibility of upholding, preserving, and disseminating these unique practices both in Asia and the United States.

Although sometimes mistakenly considered to be solely focused on dark retreat, Yangti Nagpo is in fact an extensive cycle of spiritual trainings spanning the breadth of Tibetan Vajrayana practice. All participants, regardless of previous experience, begin the cycle of teachings at the preliminary level and progress through the practices. See the Yangti Nagpo website here.

*Anyone interested in joining this retreat must have permission to attend from Rinpoche prior to registering. Please email Khenpo Namchak Dorji at tullkusangngag@gmail.com to request permission.  Be sure to include your practice history; teachers with whom you have studied, which ngondro you completed/are currently engaging in, or if you are a new student to Buddhism, etc.

More details and registration coming soon.  Please contact yangtinagpo@gmail.com with questions or for more information.

Pema Group (Year 3) ~ September 22nd - October 6th

Restricted to those students who completed the year two requirements. Registration opens soon.

Karma/Buddha Group (Years 4 & 5) ~ September 13th - September 22nd

Restricted.  Closed group.  Registration opens soon.

Sabhavikakaya Group (Year 7) ~ September 27th - October 6th

Restricted.  Closed group.  Registration opens soon.

Nyingtig Yabzhi with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche

November 1 - 10, 2019 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Year 2 of a multiyear path of meditation and study on the whole of Longchenpa's cycles with an emphasis on Dzogchen, in the lineage and transmission of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Last year, 160 students - Rinpoche, Khenpos, Lamas, ordained and lay practitioners from around the country and the world - gathered to receive these precious empowerments and teachings. If you attended this retreat last year and have not already responded kindly click the link below and let us know the likelihood of your attendance in 2019. No commitment is required - your response is solely for planning purposes. Thank you in advance for your feedback. More information and registration to follow soon.

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Monthly Practices

Dakini Day - Sangwa Yeshe Tsog

Friday, March 1st - 6:30 pm at Pema Khandro Ling in Santa Fe, NM

Guru Rinpoche Tsog

Date and Time TBA at Pema Khandro Ling in Santa Fe, NM

For information about weekly practices and monthly tsog (feast offering), please contact santafe@ewam.org or admin@ewam.org