What is Land of Medicine Buddha?


Land of Medicine Buddha is a supporter of the sustainable business community. We have been a green certified business since 2008. We support a healthy body, mind and environment.  We have operated as nonprofit Buddhist retreat center on this land since the spring of 1991. Read more about our history.

Our unique facilities, beautiful land and warm, compassionate staff have garnered us the honor of being voted the Best Spiritual Retreat Center in Santa Cruz County by two independent newspapers two years running. We are open year round in order to offer Dharma teachings, meditation, and group or personal retreats.

With the motivation to promote Buddhist and universal spiritual values and ethics we open our facility to others.

Day Visits
To help maintain our property and trails, we request a $20 donation/car for hikers, dog-walkers and visitors. (Participants in our programs or retreats are exempt.) If you walk into Land of Medicine Buddha through the front gate, please be sure to leave the land before the gate closes at 4:00pm. The gate automatically opens for vehicles leaving the property. No walking after dark.
Location & Land
We are located in Santa Cruz County, California, near Monterey Bay, a marine sanctuary. Miles of beaches and the towns of Capitola, Aptos, and Santa Cruz are all within a fifteen-minute drive. Read more about our forest land...


Dogs must be on leash on all trails and in the meadow, parking lot, driveways, and around our buildings. Please pick up after your dog.
We are affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), with Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche as the spiritual head of the organization. The center is locally managed and supported with its own non-profit corporation and board of directors. See more at fpmt.org...
We Host Group Events
• Meditation retreats
• Buddhist classes and retreats
• Yoga retreats
• Health and wellness retreats
• Spiritual Retreats for a variety of faiths
• Personal/individual retreats
• Family gatherings
• Employee offsite retreats and workshops
Road Scholar educational adventures
Bring your group...
Individual/personal retreats & stays
We welcome you to visit for a personal retreat or a getaway. Many people plan a getaway with family & friends, while others come as couples or alone to recharge. You are welcome to visit our website for online reservations or call our office at 831-462-8383. Go to reservation site - Reservation Nexus...
Living in Harmony
In order to develop the practice of compassion and loving kindness towards our fellow sentient beings, and to preserve the pure energy of this sacred land, we ask our guests to abide by certain guidelines of conduct during your entire stay at the Land. more...