The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas: Arlee, Montana

The Shakyamuni Buddhas statues in the barn

“May the Universe and sentient beings enjoy a new era of peace and happiness through the interdependent power of bhodichitta–the awakened, compassionate heart/mind. May it arise, not weaken where it has arisen, and grow and flourish forever.” –Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, Founder of Ewam’s Garden of 1000 Buddhas

David sealing one of the staues to protect it from the weather.

The mold where we poured the mix to make the Buddhas

David inserting a central channel, filled with relics, into the Buddha statue we made.

The 1000 Buddha statues, their windblown blessings spreading in all directions, will surround Yum Chenmo, “The Great Mother” of all Buddhas. Also named Prajnaparamita, she represents the union of wisdom and compassion. This 24ft statue, filled with sacred relics, prayers, and thousands of mantras faces the southwest direction, surrounded by a giant eight spoked dharma wheel. The statue also contains water from all seven seas and dirt from the tallest mountain peaks in the world. One large Buddha statue, carved out of volcanic rock, sits in all the cardinal directions as an anchor. This place is going to be amazing when it is completed; as it already stands out as an inpiring symbol of the dharma seeds spreading to the west.

 

 

The view! This mountain is called “Dancing Boy” by the Native Americans who belong to the land. The Garden of 1000 Buddhas was built on the reservation land of the Flathead Nation, a very beautiful, sacred, and awe-inspiring location.

 

Quan Yin Statue, Lavender plants.

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