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Land of Medicine Buddha
Retreat Center
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5800 Prescott Rd Soquel, CA 95073
5800 Prescott RoadUSCaliforniaSoquel95073
Retreat Center, Buddhist Temple
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"A wonderful setting and staff for personal and group retreats."
"Breath-taking scenery as you walk the circular trail around their grounds."
"Great food, great location, wonderful helpful people."
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Meiyi Cheng
4 months ago
This is an incredible place. I visited it twice during my week-long stay in Santa Cruz. The first time I spent a couple of hours walking around and meditating in the Gompa. The second time I went there for a hike with two other friends who are also spiritual seekers. The redwood forest is majestic! The energy here is really powerful.
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saturne22
2 months ago
Best experience,my wife, and I ever had,. After 2 days there,we felt so peaceful. Even we moved from San Francisco,to Las Vegas,we still go there once in awhile.
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Blessed* Never Give Up
a year ago
I stayed here for the four-day holiday weekend. My friend surprised me and treated me to this wonderful getaway (you do not have to be Buddhist, but you do have to agree to a few things that Buddhists practice, like not killing insects, etc.). I enjoyed scenic views (see pics), a peaceful atmosphere, and palpable mystic energy. AFFORDABLE ROOMS: All rooms are $100. Each room has 3-5 beds per room. If you go with a group, you'd be paying under $40/day. If you go with a group of 5, it's only $20/day. The rooms looked newly renovated and were clean and you could see actual stars from the skylight at night. Warning: the bathrooms are claustrophobic (think cruise-sized). GOOD, WHOLESOME, ORGANIC FOOD: They offer vegetarian-only meals. Dinner usually consists of soup, salad, bread, and dessert. It's delicious! Breakfast and lunch were equally yummy. Breakfast was $7, lunch $13, and dinner $11. FREE FOOD: Homemade gluten-free cereal and granola and milk is available 24/7, as well as an offering of fruit and tea. Some days I paid for meals, some days I didn't. You have to reserve 24 hours in advance and I missed the cut off, but I still had access to good food. FRIENDLY NUNS AND MONKS: I actually had a lengthy conversation with one of the venerables. The venerables here are very down to earth and exude peace and love. WIFI and CELL RECEPTION: Yes, I thought I was off the grid but on my way to the temple/gompa (?) I was pleasantly surprised when my phone registered a bar (it was good for picking up texts, voice calls were difficult though. Also, there's a nearby business with wifi and I was able to go on the net for limited periods. This was good for downloading books onto my Kindle. YURT LIVING - I flirted with the idea of renting a yurt because I want to own a tiny cottage, but the yurts were off the beaten path and a hike to get to and from. (Some yurts have plumbing installed in them, but the yurts at LMB do not). Needless to say, I stayed in the cabin. Rules and Stipulations: No killing of insects (or any other creature), but you're so blissed out you don't want to harm anyone or anything. The rule about not doing sexual misconduct had me rather confused, but my confusion was cleared up when they give you a form to sign upon checking in. For those that want to know, "sexual misconduct" translates into doing no sexual harm to anyone (i.e. consent).
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Avinash Herle
9 months ago
Had an amazing time hiking here. So calm and so serene. Really nice way to spend quality time.
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Noah Lehman
in the last week
Amazing, beautiful, peaceful, just a perfect place to center yourself and center yourself.
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Stacey Brighten-West
10 months ago
This place is a great place to disconnect from all of the rig-a-ma-row and connect into your innerself and mother nature. Beautiful scenery, such a peaceful vibe. They had an amazing cook. I was there in 2010. I need to go back. Such a healing experience for me.
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Brady Sewall
10 months ago
Breath-taking scenery as you walk the circular trail around their grounds. Very tranquil and relaxing.
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Xavier Lee
5 months ago
Beautiful and peaceful sanctuary for the soul and senses.

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