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Membership Options and Benefits (2/21/2018) - Are you already a pledged member of Land of Medicine Buddha? If so, many thanks! If not, please consider supporting the center through one of our levels of membership, with monthly or yearly contributions. Memberships can be funded monthly through our website or with an annual donation by sending in a check. Currently our most popular membership level is the Scholar level which allows students to attend all regularly scheduled classes and meditations and not need to remember to bring their wallet! Scholar: Individual – $50/month or $500/year Family – $60-$100/month or $600-$1000/year All the benefits above plus: 15% discount at the Book/Gift Store Drop in at our weekly classes and meditations without making a donation:  free attendance at regularly scheduled classes/meditations is a benefit! Reserved seating at special teaching events If you are not a member yet, we welcome you to join us and become one. If you are a [...]
Jhado Rinpoche at LMB 2018 (1/18/2018) - Rinpoche has kindly accepted our invitation to return to LMB. Rinpoche will arrive at LMB in the early morning of January 29, 2018, giving several commentaries and transmissions through until February 19. List of Topics: The Path to Enlightenment based on Lama Tsongkhapa’s “Foundation of All Good Qualities” (Yonten Zhi Gyurma): Jan 30–Feb 1 Teachings on Medicine Buddha: Feb 5–7 Two jenangs: Kalachakra jenang and Garuda jenang – Feb 8 Kalachakra teachings: Feb 9–15 Two jenangs: Chenresig jenang and White Tara Long Life jenang: Feb 17 Samayavajra jenang and Tsog Offering: Feb 18 Jhado Tulku Rinpoche is one of the most highly esteemed lamas in the Geluk lineage today.  He served as the abbot of Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala, the personal monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and is also an ex-abbot of Gyuto Tantric College in lower Dharmasala. In addition to his excellent education in [...]
Sculpture Added to Stupa (5/18/2017) - We are so glad to have our amazing artist Good Virtue back at LMB! He is creating beautiful molds to go on the top Kadampa Stupa right now. During the raining season, we were working with a landscape designer to create the stupa garden. Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised a Japanese-style garden in the area. Now that our artist is back, he overlaid a mandala design on the garden layout. We are looking forward to breaking ground on the gardens this summer. There will be opportunities to sponsor trees, benches etc. We will keep you updated. We just received the okay from Rinpoche on a revised entrance to the shrine where the Buddha statue will be placed. While I was in Nepal, Good Virtue and I had a chance to order the pinnacle for the top of the Kadampa stupa and see a photo of the wax mold for our Buddha [...]
Busy Season: May-June 2017 (5/3/2017) - Our schedule of events is getting busy this late spring/early summer, with visiting teachers and new courses. Masters Program graduate and touring teacher, Don Handrick will be giving two public talks, May 11 and May 18, and teaching an entire module of the FPMT Basic Program – Transform your Mind, Transform the World (The Wheel of Sharp Weapons) – over two intensive weekends, May 12-14 and May 19-21. Don is based at our center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he teaches intermediate-level courses when he’s not on tour. To commemorate the holy month of Saka Dawa – the anniversary of Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana (passing away) – we are offering four classes on What the Buddha Taught, June 4, 8, 11, and 15. Later in June, we will be honored by the visit of Dagri Rinpoche, one of the high incarnations who has stepped up to [...]
Gratitude: 2016 Annual Appeal (12/11/2016) - We are grateful for YOU! Those of you who give — monetarily and energetically — year after year, to help us fulfill our mission as “a center for healing and developing a good heart”, deep bows to you! SEE DONATION OPTIONS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST Land of Medicine Buddha is not just a dot on the map, we are a community of Dharma practitioners. A family. Without YOU, Land of Medicine Buddha would not BE. Those of you who are just becoming acquainted with Land of Medicine Buddha, we cordially invite you to become more deeply involved — drop in for a class, come for a hike, spin the prayer wheel, volunteer. Our hope is that you find a place that feeds you spiritually– a place to heal in a world that might feel a little out of control. Visit our Dharma programs calendar! If you feel moved [...]
The Root of Samsara (11/12/2016) - By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche (Archive #394, from www.lamayeshe.com) Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche explained how delusion and karma bind us to samsara, at the 11th Kopan Course in November 1978. This teaching is an edited excerpt from Session 38, Section Seven of the course. Wherever we are born in any of the six realms—in the lowest, unimaginable suffering state of the narak realm, or in the highest, what’s called the point of samsara—all these realms are completely under the control of delusion and karma. There is not one single realm that is not formed by delusion and karma. This is the pervasive compounding suffering of our aggregates. These aggregates that are formed and bound by delusion and karma are called the cycle of samsara. As long as we carry the burden of the aggregates bound by delusion and karma, we will circle in these six [...]
Visiting Teacher from Sera Je Monastery – this Fall 2016 (10/5/2016) - We are delighted to announce that Geshe Ngawang Sangye (Geshe Sangye, for short), from Sera Je Monastery, will be visiting Land of Medicine Buddha again in October-November (2016), and teaching courses on key Buddhist topics such as the the bodhisattva’s path, Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings on emptiness, and more, starting Thursday, October 13. Geshe is a title indicating an advanced degree, something like a PhD, literally ‘virtuous friend’ (kalyana-mitra). San-gye is the Tibetan term for buddha, literally ‘purified-developed’. Sera Je is the major Tibetan Buddhist monastery that our organization is connected with. It used to be in Lhasa for hundreds of years, but was re-established in the South Indian state of Karnataka about 50 years ago, near Mysore. Geshe Sangye is a Lharampa Geshe and is currently one of the leading residental teachers at Sera. He is also the teacher of Ven. Steve Carlier and Ven. Samten and more recently, [...]
Late Summer Program News 2016 (8/3/2016) - 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 [...]
Summer Program News 2016 (5/10/2016) - Here are the highlights of our upcoming programs. NEW SERIES: Senior Dharma teacher and author, Jon Landaw will teach “Buddhism for Beginners”, Thursday evenings, June 2, 9, 16 (2016). FESTIVAL: 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. MEDITATION: 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). [...]
Stupa Update April 2016 (4/25/2016) - Level 8 filled. On April 18, 2016, we filled Level 8 of the Mahabodhi-style stupa at Land of Medicine Buddha. Our regular stupa volunteers were joined by some of our Sunday-morning meditators to create a “bucket brigade” going from truck to ladder to ladder all the way to the top, handing items over head. Sangha members from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s house in Aptos were a big help in actually placing the holy objects in careful order into the chamber. The items in Level 8 are similar to before: 1 set of the Kangyur (collection of Buddha’s teachings), many rolls of microfilm (of the Stainless Pinnacle mantra and the Four Dharmakaya Relic mantras), more boxes of tsa-tsas (plaster cast images of buddhas), and other printed materials. Having filled seven previous chambers, this one seemed like a breeze. Now, there is just one more level to fill to complete the central tower. [...]