I went for a terrific hike this past Sunday into an area called the enchanted forest next to the grounds of Land of Medicine Buddha. On the way to the trailhead for the hike through this sacred Soquel Real Estate there is a separate loop trail with small areas set aside that offer welcoming teak benches to sit and meditate on Tibetan verses. This is a great way to get in tune with Mother Nature and connect with your inner spiritual being so that you can properly appreciate the trail itself as it leads you through huge redwood groves.
Located in Soquel, the grounds of Land of Medicine Buddha feel worlds removed from the rest of Santa Cruz County. This beautiful piece of Soquel real estate contains 108 acres of redwood forest and a peaceful meadow which house numerous statues, paintings, prayer wheels and other holy objects to create positive imprints, purify negative karma and plant the seeds for liberation and enlightenment in our mental continua. I feel blessed for living close enough to walk the land.
Land of Medicine Buddha is a green certified non-profit retreat center located in Santa Cruz County that offers Buddhist classes and retreats and rental facilities for private groups to hold their own spiritual workshops, conferences or trainings. For a list of upcoming events, visit www.landofmedicinebuddha.org.