What We Offer
Dharma Classes and retreats, Universal Wisdom Education, Tara Home, many holy objects and shrines, our Land and Trails, Guest rooms and Facilities…
Dharma Retreats and Classes:
- Teachings by great lamas such as: Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khenshur Jhado Rinpoche, Dagri Rinpoche, Yangsi Rinpoche, and other great lineage masters and qualified teachers.
- A complete Discovering Buddhism program, the FPMT Education Department’s introductory program for new students.
- The Basic Program, for intermediate level students, guided meditations and practice days.
Weekend retreats and workshops on special topics.
“‘this earth (land) will be very beneficial in the future. Hard for the time being, but it’ll be very beneficial in the future.’ His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said this on two different occasions.” Lama Zopa Rinpoche, 1997
Universal Wisdom Education
Buddhist wisdom, philosophy and psychology presented in secular format. Programs include series on understanding the mind and emotions, and finding ways to improve our daily lives. Tara Redwood School is located on the grounds of our center and provides a curriculum and environment that nurtures the innate positive qualities within each child; focuses on development not only of the intellect, but also the child’s understanding of the inter-connectedness of all living beings and the environment. Tara Redwood School’s website is tararedwoodschool.org. See also: Creating Compassionate Cultures.
A residential facility to help the terminally ill die with a peaceful mind. Tara Home offers a residence and compassionate care for those who have no primary caregiver or for other reasons cannot remain in their own homes. http://tarahome.org/
The meditation halls and grounds of Land of Medicine Buddha contain many statues, paintings, prayer wheels, and other holy objects, which create positive imprints, purify negative karma, and plant the seeds for liberation and enlightenment in our mental continua.
“Holy objects benefit without words. The benefits are limitless, like sky” – Lama Zopa Rinpoche
The Wish Fulfilling Temple
The Wish Fulfilling Temple, with its exquisite traditional Tibetan artwork and murals of Buddha’s life story, provides a place where the remains of the deceased can be placed in special reliquaries.
The Main Meditation Hall
The Main Meditation Hall, or Gompa, is the place where most of the teachings at Land of Medicine Buddha are held. The Gompa houses eight life-sized Medicine Buddha statues, blessed by His Holiness Dalai Lama (in 2001) and other holy objects.
Land of Medicine Buddha is home to three beautiful large prayer wheels, and many smaller ones as well. The Mani Wheel outside the main hall is packed with 64 billion Om Mani Padme Hum mantras, microfilmed from an original script written by His Holiness Dalai Lama. This is one of the most powerful prayer wheels on earth. The large prayer wheel in the Ksitigarbha garden has 11.8 billion mantras, and the Ksitigharba statue is being surrounded by thirty two smaller prayer wheels each holding over one million mantras . At the entrance to the center (near the bookstore), work is in progress to completely fill our big prayer wheel with the mantra of compassion, as well as other mantras for long life, to clear obstacles, purify negativities and develop wisdom.
“Turning a prayer wheel containing 100 millionOm Mani Padme Hum mantras accumulates the same merit as having recited 100 million of this mantra. In that few seconds, you perform so much powerful purification and accumulate so much merit.” Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Lama Zopa Rinpoche calls LMB: “Disneyland for Enlightenment!”
Our Land Itself
Situated on 108 acres adjoining 10,000 acres of state forest, our physical location provides a perfect space for guests to visit for the day to take a hike in the woods, meditate, relax, and connect to their spiritual inner being; recover from the stress of their busy lives, or just relax.
The Eight Verses Pilgrimage Trail
These verses from one of the most beloved Tibetan thought transformation texts are mounted on plaques and spaced throughout a loop trail that begins beside the little fish pond and small Kadampa Stupa in the north-eastern corner of the meadow and meanders through the redwood forest until it comes out at the Ksitigarbha statue. Each verse is accompanied by a teak bench to sit on while relaxing and contemplating the verses. More information HERE
Facilities & Guest Accommodation
Land of Medicine Buddha offers an excellent place for groups to hold their workshops, and a relaxing and affordable place to stay as a private guest where you can enjoy our beautiful environment and delicious vegetarian meals. We are open to the public year round and welcome everyone who wishes to come and enjoy.