Retreats & Classes

Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche flies all over the world to give teachings. Here he is after giving a teaching pictured above at the airport leaving Missoula, Montana to head home to Santa Fe, NM. The display case features a Buddha statue from the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.

Ewam USA Centers

As a Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, Ewam sponsors retreats all over the world including Nepal and Asia, and in the United States in Arlee, Montana, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and at satellite centers in California. Under the spiritual guidance of Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, students come from all over the world to take teachings from him as he travels from center to center during the year. More retreats will be added as they are scheduled, so check back frequently and register early for assured seating and accommodations. For additional contact information about the Ewam International Centers, visit the Ewam website.

SNL (Sang-ngag Ling) = Arlee, MT
PO Box 330  |  34756 White Coyote Rd., Arlee, MT 59821
406-726-0555  |  Claudette Carlson

PKL (Pema Khandro Ling) = Santa Fe, NM.
1221 Luisa St, Ste A Santa Fe, NM 89505  |  Rinchen Hanley

Weekly Practices

SNL - Arlee, MT (34756 White Coyote Rd)

PKL - Santa Fe, NM (1221 Luisa St, Ste A)

See our CALENDAR for Special Events.

2018 Schedule of Retreats

Vipassana: Tibetan Style with Namchak Khen Rinpoche and Lama Tsomo

This retreat will focus on the simple, time-tested practice of Vipassana or “Sublime Insight.” If Shamata (Peaceful Abiding) is like mowing down the weeds as they crop up in our minds, we can use Vipassana to pull them out by the roots. We do this by penetrating through the appearances of things, to the essential nature of the outer world we’re perceiving, and the essential nature of the perceiver—ourselves.

Join two master teachers—a Tibetan lineage scholar and an American lama—to learn this time honored and scientifically proven technique to gain real freedom by stepping ever more into your true self.

This retreat is appropriate for those with a basic mindfulness practice.

April 6-8 | David Brower Center

Friday: 6:30 – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

April 13 - 15 | MNDFL

Friday: 6:30 – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm


  • $225 general admission* or $100 if first time at a Namchak weekend workshop
  • $100 for 65+ seniors and students

Our intention is to make this workshop accessible to all. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please contact

Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are also available. Please contact for more information.

Note: Beverages and snacks will be provided, lunches will be on your own. There will be ample time to leave the premises to eat lunch nearby.

Khen Rinpoche Ewam Buddhist Institute

Pema Traktung

This practice is from the Vajrayana tradition that utilizes the methods of deity yoga. A dharma treasure discovered by Namchak Tsasum Lingpa. It is a vital practice both on the path to enlightenment and is specifically meant for overcoming obstacles, negative forces and alleviating both mental and physical illness. This retreat is lead by Khen Rinpoche at Garden of One Thousand Pema Traktung Buddhas and is open to all practitioners. Location: Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.

  • May 4th: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • May 5th - 6th: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sang Ngag Rinpoche Garden of 1000 Buddhas.

Annual Dzogchen Retreat with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche

Join us for an amazing and rare few days delving into the meaning and practice of Trekcho with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

This program is open by invitation.  Students of Rinpoche who have been to this Dzogchen retreat previously may register without inquiry. Other interested practitioners who have completed at least half of a vajrayana ngondro should send an email to requesting permission to attend.

May 11th - 15th: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Longchen Nyingtig Tsalung Teachings with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche

This is first part of a multi- year program of Tsalung teachings in the Longchen Nyingtig tradition.  Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche will give the transmission and methods as he received them from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

This retreat is open by invitation.  Rinpoche's students who have completed at least half of the ngondro may register without inquiry. Other interested practitioners who have completed a full vajrayana ngondro may request permission to attend.  An interview with Rinpoche and other practice commitments may also be required. Contact with questions and request permission to attend this retreat.

Ewam Pema Khandro Ling - Santa Fe, New Mexico.

May 17th - 21st: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Sangwa Yeshe Drubchod

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Sangwa Yeshe Drubchöd,  June 8 - 16, 2018. Our founder and teacher Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche as well as many esteemed Khenpos, tulkus, lamas, and students will come to the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas to preside over this practice and ceremony.

Continue to check our website for more information about this year's guest teachers and an updated schedule of events happening throughout the week-long group practice.

We would like to extend our invitations to all who are interested in joining in the deity practice of the Dakini Sangwa Yeshe. Chod or "severance" is a main feature of this practice where one cuts through mundane concepts and ego clinging.  Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche is requesting all of his students and new students to attend. This is an unbelievable opportunity to experience the power and majesty of vajrayana practice.

  • June 8th - Empowerment of Sangwa Yeshe
  • June 9th - Teaching by Jetsunma
  • June 10th - Pacifying fire puja
  • June 11th - Six fold chod practices for the sick people
  • June 12th - Magnetizing fire Puja
  • June 13th - Ceremony for the deceased
  • June 14th - Teaching by Rinpoche
  • June 15th - Receiving the Siddhis (the blessed substances)
  • June 16th - Morning Boddhicitta Monlam Ceremony , Tibetan Festival, Gate Opening

June 16th ceremony - This is a one day event open to the public.

Summer Buddhist Studies Program

Registration now open! The Ewam Buddhist Institute hosts a program on the 9th chapter of Jigme Lingpa’s seminal text Treasury of Precious Qualities. This text is a definitive, detailed presentation of the entire Buddhist path. This year's program covers Bodhichitta and the meaning of wisdom in the Buddhist tradition.

This program is taught by Namchak Khenpo and is suitable for both students new to Buddhism and intermediate students. This text was taught by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche at Shechen Monastary every year and considered so valuable that his students wore it on their bodies. Patrul Rinpoche said to hear one word of this text would place one on the path to liberation and to study the whole text would lead to Buddhahood in this life.

On site accommodations or commuting available.

  • Arrival and Orientation July 1st at 4 p.m.
  • July 2nd - 27th: 9am - 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday - Saturday
  • Sunday off

Khen Rinpoche’s Phowa Teaching

Phowa is the transference the consciousness at the time of death. Direction of one's consciousness leads to rebirth in the Buddha's pure lands through skillful means and methods . Khen Rinpoche is a master of this practice and many of the students have achieved the signs of accomplishment.

August 31st through September 4th

Yangti Nagpo

Ratna group (Year 2) - September 14th - 22nd.

For those who have completed year one and their Yangti ngondro commitments.  Students will receive instruction on the Lama Sadhana.

Pema group (Year 3) - September 23rd-October 7.

Open to students who have accomplished the Lama Sadhana. Students will receive teachings on the Khandro Sadhana and Tsalung teachings. New group starting 2019 - for more information click here:

Nyingtig Yabzhi: The Four-fold Heart Essence

Empowerments (wang), Reading Transmission (lung), and Explanation (tri)

November 2 - 11, 2018 with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche in Santa Fe, New Mexico

A multi-year cycle on the whole of Longchenpa's cycles with an emphasis on Dzogchen, in the lineage and transmission of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. The retreat will begin with the Nyingtig Yabzhi empowerments, along with some of the oral transmission, and beginning with an explanation of Semnyi Ngalso.

The intention for these teachings is to emphasize the actual instructions and commentaries on the Nyingtig Yabzhi. One of these oral explanations (tri yig), will be the Stainless Oral Instructions (Drimed Shelung) by Jamgon Kongtrul, which has never been taught in the west. Tulku Sang-ngag directly received these rare teachings from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Space is limited. Vajrayana practitioners only. Sponsorship opportunities available.

Save the date. More information to follow soon. Check back often. Contact with questions.