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18 Jun
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, MT

Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, MT

 

Yesterday I stopped by the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, in Arlee Montana, for a brief visit.  It has been a while since last I’d been there and as the garden is an ongoing and unfolding project every visit yields new developments.  If you are interested in the garden please go to: http://www.ewambuddhagarden.org/

 

Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee,  Montana

Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana

The garden is quite beautiful with a colorful assortment of flowers, a pond surrounded by lavender, rocks engraved with quotes from the Buddha, and 1,000 buddhas on the 8 spokes of the dharma wheel surrounding a 24-foot statue of Yum Chenmo (or Prajnaparamita in Sanskrit meaning Transcendent Perfection of Wisdom), all set next to a backdrop of mountains and fields of green grass.  And encircling the 1,000 buddhas is a wall topped with 1,000 stupas.  

Stupa.  Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana

Stupa. Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana.  Photo taken from the garden’s website.  

From the garden’s website:

ONE THOUSAND STUPAS

The stupa is one of the world’s oldest architectural forms. Originally constructed as reliquaries to honor the remains of great kings and warriors, evolving in sophistication since the time of Shakyamuni Buddha stupas have enshrined the relics of enlightened masters. The one thousand stupas which encircle the Garden are in the style known as the stupa of enlightenment. Each element, from the base to the tip of the spire, represents an aspect of the path to enlightenment, collectively symbolizing the mind of awakening. Each of these one thousand stupas also enshrine an image of the female deity Tara, serving as a potent reminder that spiritual liberation is equally the birthright of all beings.

For more great pictures from the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas check these out: http://www.ewambuddhagarden.org/media/photos/nggallery/ewam1/brenda-ahearn-photos-aug-2013

Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana

Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana

 

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Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Everyday Practice

 

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One response to “Buddha Garden

  1. goingoutwordsandinwords

    June 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    This is my 200th post! How wonderful :)

     

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