We are delighted to extend our warm invitation to you for the upcoming events during H.H. Rabjam Rinpoche's visit to the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in October 2023, where we will be holding the opening ceremony and teachings.
To ensure smooth arrangements for seating and meals during the events, we kindly request you to register for the occasion as soon as possible, or at the latest by September 1st. As accommodations at the Garden are limited, we highly appreciate the option to camp at the Garden. While camping at the Garden, you will have access to water, toilet facilities, and meals. However, if you prefer other accommodation options, you may explore nearby AirBnBs or hotels in Missoula and Polson areas, which are approximately 30 minutes away from the Garden.
Please note that there is no fee for attending the events. However, as organizing such an event involves significant expenses, we gratefully welcome any monetary support through donations. Your generous contributions will go a long way in ensuring the success of this event and its preparations.
The events are open to the public, and attendees are welcome to participate for one day, several days, or throughout the entire program. Please be aware that October 9th will be specifically dedicated to serious Vajrayana practitioners.
October 6 to October 11, 2023
Here is the schedule of the events:
October 6: Reception of Rabjam Rinpoche with a procession by the Sanghas.
October 7: The program will commence at 9 AM at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas with the chanting of Verses of the Eight Noble Auspicious Ones and the opening of the program curtain. Following that, the lamps will be lit, and aspiration prayers will be recited. VIPs, including Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, the founder of the Garden, and Rabjam Rinpoche, the honorable chief guest, will deliver speeches. After lunch, various songs and dances of celebration will be performed.
October 8: Rabjam Rinpoche will visit Namchak Retreat Ranch and later bless the area by sprinkling flowers from a helicopter.
October 9: The Guru Pema Gyalpo and Yumka Phagmo (Vajravarahi) empowerments from H.H. Dilgo Kyetse Rinpoche's profound treasure titled Rangjung Pema Nyingtik, and Kurukulle (Pema Khandro) empowerments from Rongzom Maha Pandita, which Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo received in a pure vision. These teachings are found in the collected teachings of Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche. Following that, the mandala of gratitude to Rabjam Rinpoche will be offered by Ewam and Namchak Sanghas.
October 10: Offering celebratory songs and dances.
October 11: Farewell procession for Rinpoche to the airport from the Buddha Garden.
For registration, please indicate the following information and send it to "Admin@ewam.org" by Sept. 1, 2023 and feel free to contact us should you have any questions.
- Names and numbers of participants;
- Specify duration of your stay and/or participation;
- Lodging plan, if any; and
- Contact information, ie email and phone numbers.
We extend this special invitation to all, and especially to all the Ewam students and patrons of the Buddha Garden worldwide, especially those within the US, to join us for this momentous occasion as it marks the opening and final consecration ceremony of the Garden.
Ewam and the Organizing Team