THE GARDEN OF ONE THOUSAND BUDDHAS
Winter Hours: 9 am - dusk
Memorial Day - Labor Day: 8 am - dusk
The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas is a public park, botanical garden and Buddhist center in the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. 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 are arrayed around the central figure of Yum Chenmo (Prajnaparamita), or the Great Mother, the manifestation of the perfection of wisdom. One thousand stupas, representations of the enlightened mind line the outer circle. Each enshrines an image of the female deity, Tara. The garden is elegantly adorned with native trees, flowers and other other inspiring landscape features. The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas instills lasting impressions of wisdom and compassion. The garden is also the home of the Ewam Buddhist Institute founded by Sang-ngag Rinpoche and Khen Rinpoche and their landmark summer shedra program. To read more about the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, please visit the garden website. You can also follow the gardens activities and community on Facebook and Instagram #ewambuddhagarden.
For those who feel inspired to contribute to the vision of 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.