In the forest in Soquel is the Buddhist retreat of the Land of Medicine Buddha. The doors to the retreat are open to the public every day from 7 am to 5:30 pm.
We came here to walk the 8 verses loop trail, a 1.2 mile hike in the sacred Santa Cruz mountain setting. Parking is generally limited and you can use one of the offsite spots. But we found spots available during the week.
You are greeted by prayer wheels and encouraged to walk around spinning them. The verses are spaced out and have a bench to contemplate.
At the end of the hike is the dog blessings area. Dogs are welcome on leash. There are a few rules you should obey, e.g. talking in a low voice and not killing any animals, including bugs.
The store for the Land of Medicine Buddha is only open Friday to Monday noon – 5 pm. But you can also order online.
Donations are encouraged. Right now they match all online donations up to $8,888 until the end of February.
Where do you find solace?
While in the area pick up some fresh eggs from Glaum.