Garden of 1,000 Buddhas Provides Peaceful Refuge - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Garden of 1,000 Buddhas Provides Peaceful Refuge

Posted: Updated:
JOCKO VALLEY -

While driving through the Jocko Valley just north of the small town of Arlee, you probably wouldn't expect to see 1,000 Buddha statues, surrounding a 24-foot tall figure of a Tibetan deity.

The Garden of 1,000 Buddhas is located just two miles north of Arlee, on what used to be a 60-acre sheep ranch.

"You can't help but feel good, basically, you can't help but feel… kind of natural settling of your mind," said Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche.

Rinpoche, a former Buddhist monk, is the spiritual director of the Ewam School of Tibetan Buddhism and the founder of the garden.

He said as he was traveling through Montana with a student 15 years ago, he stumbled upon the Jocko Valley property and knew it was special.

"The way the sky is so vast and open, and how the mountains surround the valley and are protected in that way, and so, it was just kind of a perfect palette for a garden like this," Rinpoche said.

At the center of the garden is the figure of Yum Chenmo, also known as The Great Mother of Transcendent Wisdom, surrounding her are the 1,000 handmade Buddhas all arranged in the shape of an eight-spoke Dharma wheel.

The perimeter of the wheel is made up of 1,000 stupas, which represent the enlightened mind of the Buddha.

Media and Communications Coordinator, Deborah Hicks said what's incredible, is the concrete figures are cast and molded by hand.

"It takes about 30 days from the time that they start it until it cures, and then they hand sand and hand finish it," Hicks said.

The garden is filled with intricate and colorful Tibetan Buddhist deities and other religious figures, but employees said the garden can hold meaning and purpose for people of any faith or denomination.

"It's not about worshipping deities, it's not about worshipping the Buddha in that respect, it's about worshipping the qualities that he manifested, or was embodying, and that really is compassion," Hicks said.

Hicks, said she thinks the western world is hungry for Buddhist teachings, even though many people might not understand the religion.

"But, we want to feel peaceful, we want to have good relations with our friends and families, and these types of people are just the right teachers for what we need right now," Hicks said.

Rinpoche encourages everyone to visit the garden, but especially those who have experienced a death, depression, or other hardship, because at the garden, he says one will find peace of mind.

"Use the garden, it's really your garden, so use the garden to benefit yourself," he said.

The garden is maintained by a few employees and volunteers. They host Buddhist retreats and peace festivals throughout the year, and are working to bring the Dalai Lama to the garden.

To find out more about the Garden of 1,000 Buddhas, click here.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Waldo suspends 2 police chiefs after quota claims

    Waldo suspends 2 police chiefs after quota claims

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:31 AM EDT2014-09-02 08:31:51 GMT
    The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it's no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph...
    The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it's no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph becomes 55...
  • Action-packed TV might make you snack more: Study

    Action-packed TV might make you snack more: Study

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:31 AM EDT2014-09-02 07:31:30 GMT
    Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show.
    Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely-paced talk show.
  • Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:11 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:11:09 GMT
    Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a judge with the start of the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved.
    Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved.
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Photos from Fatal Missoula Shooting Scene

    Photos from Fatal Missoula Shooting Scene

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:11 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:11:07 GMT
    One man is dead after a shooting outside of a Missoula Strip club.
    One man is dead after a shooting outside of a Missoula Strip club.
  • LOOK: Faces Of WA State's Missing People

    LOOK: Faces Of WA State's Missing People

    Thursday, February 27 2014 11:49 AM EST2014-02-27 16:49:33 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The missing persons listed in this slideshow resided in the state of Washington at the time of their disappearance or may have traveled to Washington State. These pictures came from Washington State Patrol's website. If you have any information about any of these missing people call 1-800-543-5678.
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The missing persons listed in this slideshow resided in the state of Washington at the time of their disappearance or may have traveled to Washington State. These pictures came from Washington State Patrol's website. If you have any information about any of these missing people call 1-800-543-5678.
  • Big Sky County District Employee Arrested and Detained

    Big Sky County District Employee Arrested and Detained

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:15:37 GMT
    Cyle Kokot, an employee of the Big Sky School District, has been arrested and detained. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office arrested Kokot for two counts of "sexual intercourse without consent.
    Cyle Kokot, an employee of the Big Sky School District, has been arrested and detained. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office arrested Kokot for two counts of "sexual intercourse without consent.
  • Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:03:47 GMT
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
  • Sentinel High School Principal And Assistant Principal Suspended

    Sentinel High School Principal And Assistant Principal Suspended

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:35:48 GMT
    Missoula County Public Schools suspended two of Sentinel High School's top administrators for "board policy violation."
    Missoula County Public Schools suspended two of Sentinel High School's top administrators for "board policy violation."
  • Seven Arrested in Kalispell Sex Sting

    Seven Arrested in Kalispell Sex Sting

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:10:39 GMT
    A four-day online sex sting ends with the arrest of seven Flathead men for sexual abuse of children, and more arrests are pending.
    A four-day online sex sting ends with the arrest of seven Flathead men for sexual abuse of children, and more arrests are pending.
  • PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:37:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
  • Joan Rivers' daughter: 'Keeping our fingers crossed'

    Joan Rivers' daughter: 'Keeping our fingers crossed'

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-09-01 14:33:34 GMT
    KHQ.COM - The Today Show has reported that Joan Rivers is now on life support. River's went into cardiac arrest at a New York doctor's office while she underwent a "minor throat surgery" on Thursday. Melissa Rivers said in a statement Sunday that "we are keeping our fingers crossed." She's thanking people for expressing their support.

    KHQ.COM - The Today Show has reported that Joan Rivers is now on life support. River's went into cardiac arrest at a New York doctor's office while she underwent a "minor throat surgery" on Thursday. Melissa Rivers said in a statement Sunday that "we are keeping our fingers crossed." She's thanking people for expressing their support.

Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.