Land of Medicine Buddha provides classes and space for group and personal retreats, on a forested piece of property at the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, just a mile and a half from Soquel Village, California. We are an active Buddhist community. Through teaching, meditation, prayer, retreat and community service, we engage in preserving and transmitting the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values, specifically in the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa. Click through on the links below to find out more about our spiritual program - Dharma - or about our facilities - Staying.   Find out more about us.
Dharma at Land of Medicine Buddha

Find out about:
♦ weekly classes
♦ special events
♦ meditations and pujas
♦ holy objects on the land
♦ getting involved

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Staying at Land of Medicine Buddha

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♦ overnight accommodations
♦ group facility rentals
♦ day visits and tours
♦ pool and spa facilities
♦ preparing for your visit

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Stupa Project
We are building a replica of the Mahabodhi Stupa - the monument marking the site where Shakyamuni Buddha manifested enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree at Bodhgaya, India. This is currently under construction on the upper part of the property at Land of Medicine Buddha. Find out about donating to the project and see updates about the progress of the construction. continue...
Main Gate - Open Hours

Main Gate - Open Hours

Main Gate is Open:
  • Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm
  • Sunday noon to 8pm
  • and for special events
Note: The main gate is also open to meditators, a half-hour before and after the scheduled start of meditation sessions.
Closed on Saturdays, except for times mentioned above.

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The first weekend in August coincides this year with the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha’s first teaching, i.e., Turning of the Wheel of Dharma, at which he taught the Four Noble Truths at Deer Park, Sarnath, India. We will have several practice sessions on Friday evening and during the day on Saturday, Aug 5-6 (Chokor Duchen, the 4th day of the 6th lunar month). See schedule.

Several of our resident sangha (monks and nuns) are attending the Light of the Path retreat in North Carolina, led by FPMT’s spiritual head, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, August 14-28. Venerable Steve’s class, Our Buddha Potential, will be on hold for a couple weeks, resuming Sep 12. See calendar.

However, regular meditations (Sat am, Sun am, Mon pm) and pujas (Sunday afternoon Medicine Buddha puja, Aug 26 Lama Chopa Tsog) will continue to be held at Land of Medicine Buddha during this time. See calendar.

Ksitigarbha Day 2012Also, a new Discovering Buddhism course starts up on Tuesday, August 16 – How to Meditate – led by Venerable Drimay. This is part of the series of introductory Buddhist courses on various topics that takes about 2-1/2 years to get through. You can jump in at any point.

On Sunday of Labor Day weekend, September 4, we hold our annual Ksitigarbha Festival, organized by the local-area Chinese community. All are welcome to join us for prayers, offerings, free lunch, and performances to celebrate the enlightened activities of Ksitigarbha. Location: upper level, Ksitigarbha Pure Land. 11:30am to 3:30pm.