Their white exterior blinds the viewer when the sun hits them just right. They sit along eight spokes of a Dharma wheel which encircle the colorful contrast of Yum Chenmo, The Great Mother of Transcendent Wisdom.
Below the fall color of Montana hills just north of Missoula a monument waits to be finished. The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, also known as the Ewam Buddha Garden, is being built under the guidance of Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, who is believed to be an incarnate Tibetan Buddhist lama.
It is an unexpected site down a dirt road in between ranch homes and hay fields in the Jocko Valley, a new relic of ancient Tibet full of symbolism and dedicated to inner peace.
The monument is still in the process of being completed and lives off of both in kind donations and sponsorships. But eventually 1,000 buddha statues will be finished and encircled by 1,000 miniature stupas in a small northwestern Montana valley.