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/
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.
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