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

Staying at Land of Medicine Buddha

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

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...
Apply for Work-Study
We are accepting applications for work-study residency. Work-study participants generally contribute their time to the following departments at the center: Kitchen, Housekeeping, Event set-up/breakdown, Grounds/Gardening, Maintenance, Altar care. Work-study participants contribute 25 hours per week, generally broken up into five 5-hour days. Find out more and apply
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.

Here are the highlights of our upcoming programs.


Senior Dharma teacher and author, Jon Landaw will teach “Buddhism for Beginners”, Thursday evenings, June 2, 9, 16 (2016).


Our annual Medicine Buddha Festival is Saturday, June 18. Park and ride the shuttle from Main Street School in Soquel. Revision: Onsite parking at 5800 Prescott Rd, Soquel CA 95073: $20 fee. Cars will not be allowed to arrive between 10am and 11:30am because of the procession and the shuttle buses needing to get back and forth during that time.


Meditators are still welcome on Saturday and Sunday mornings (9:30am). Even though we have the big gate at the entrance now, it is open for you at meditation times. You can get in between 9am and 10am to attend the Saturday Medicine Buddha Meditation (in the Gompa) and the Sunday Guided Contemplations (in the Wish-fulfilling Temple).


The current cycle of DB ends with the practice day on Sakadawa (which is open to others as well). A new cycle of DB starts up on July 5, with the class moving to Tuesday nights. We will start at the beginning with DB1: Mind and Its Potential.


The Basic Program: “Our Buddha Potential” (Sublime Continuum) will have a break of a few weeks after the Festival (June 18) and will resume in mid-July, moving to Monday nights.

See full calendar here.