Beginning planning in 2003, the Buddha Garden is located in the Jocko Valley on the land of the Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation north of Arlee, Montana. It is scheduled for completion fall of 2011. Some more information follows from the Buddha Garden website.
Many years ago Rinpoche had a vision of the Garden of 1,000 Buddhas constructed on this sacred land. The Garden was surrounded by these mountains in Arlee and shaped like a lotus blossom with the Garden in the center. Rinpoche recognized that this land is a sacred site and had been blessed by prayer for many generations by the Native American people.
The original dream had included the 1,000 Buddha statues, but with the increasing violence after 2001, Rinpoche added the central statue of Yum Chenmo (Prajnaparamita), the Mother of all Buddhas, in order to help beings realize their true compassionate natures. Underneath this central statue are items to represent the suppression of negativity, in the central area are sacred relics to increase peace and vitality of the earth, and within the statue are numerous texts of the Heart Sutra.
There are also the relics of the Buddha and many masters of the past. In 2009, the 40-foot pavilion of steel and copper was erected over Yum Chenmo. The garden is a complete mandala that represents the Buddha’s teachings and represents the Peaceful Buddha Activity. The entire garden is dedicated as a Peace Center.
Awesome. I love randomly learning that something cool is only a few states over (although, granted, the state are quite large). Ironically, I have some pretty decent molding/casting experience and can probably bang out Buddha statues like eating potato chips! Either way, very cool and the statue of Prajnaparamita is very nice.