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The 13th Annual Festival of Peace set for September 17

ARLEE — The 13th Annual Festival of Peace and 7th Annual Walk-A-Mile for Peace at Ewam Sang-ngag Ling is set for Sept 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas located at 34574 White Coyote Rd.

From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the free 13th Annual Festival of Peace kicks off with the 7th Annual Walk-A-Mile for Peace held at the Ewam Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. The walk-a-mile for peace is designed as a contemplative walk to help raise funds for the Garden. Visitors are encouraged to raise $100 or more to walk the one-mile of inner walkways while contemplating love, compassion, joy, and equanimity. Register for the walk-a-mile for peace and begin fundraising at

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. the 13th Annual Festival entitled An Interfaith Dialogue: The Sacred Sound of Prayer will feature speakers/performers from 10 cultures, religions, and faiths to demonstrate their cultural prayers and explain their significance. With Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist lama and founder of the Garden, Namchak Khen Rinpoche, his brother and Ewam resident abbot, Laurie Franklin of Har Shalom of Missoula representing the Jewish faith, Samir Bitar of the Islamic Studies program at University of Montana, Stephen Small Salmon of the NÂusm Salish Language Revitalization School, and Native American award-winning educator Julie Cajune, with Hindu spiritual music Kirtan led by Cami Coté, Native rap and hip hop musical performance by Tahj and Sweatshop Sneakers, Dances of Universal Peace led by Peter Reynolds, the Pura Vida Choir from Missoula led by Joshua Farmer, and headlining acts The Drum Brothers and Josh Farmer bands with special guest Joan Zen! With arts and crafts, food vendors, live music and dancing, and more!

For more information, call (406) 726-0555 or visit or
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