The Buddha brought light into the world. May that light continue to shine forth from our hearts and minds. We pray that our Stupa will support all who see and/or visit.

Right now we are offering supporters, old and new, an opportunity to sponsor holy images of Shakyamuni Buddha and a variety of mantras. In appreciation, we will offer lights at our Stupa on Lab.bab Du.chen and beyond.

Offer Holy Mantras, Images and Lights!

Stupa second levelThe base of our Stupa has been filled and sealed according to the advice of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Ngawang Drakpa and Geshe Wangdu. We couldn’t be blessed with more wonderful guides. Our supreme advice combined with an amazing group of supporters brought us to where we are today. Holy objects arrived at the center from around the globe. You will find summary list of items that were placed inside the first level is here.

We are in the process of completing the preparations to fill the second level and seal it before the winter rains come. The Tengyur, holy Collected Works of Lama Tsong Khapa and his two disciples, tsa tsas, stupas, millions of mantras and thousand images of Shakyamuni Buddha will fill the second level of the stupa.

We invite you to take part in the launch of our second official fundraising event 
by sponsoring mantras and images of Shakyamuni Buddha  
  • We are aiming to raise at least $8,888 during this fundraiser.
  • We welcome any amount of offering!
  • We have also created special perks with sponsorship levels ranging from $108 – $5,000

The 34-day period of offering light will coincide with the favorable dates, as advised by Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, according to the time in India – the place of the Buddha’s enlightenment. Land of Medicine Buddha Sangha members, Sangha members from Santa Cruz, Board members and staff will help to fill the Stupa and offer lights . In this way, as a community, we will be able to create the karmic causes for the success of the Stupa project.

Join us in this Special Project and Event

Here are the different way you can join in this phase of the Stupa’s creation. We will dedicate the merits from the light offerings to all the sponsors.
  • Donate any amount!
  • Select a ‘perk’ and donate a specific number of images or mantras at the $5,000, 1008, $500, $250, $108 level.
  • Invite your friends, family members, co-workers or employers in making a donation or sponsorship.
  • Join us in making the light offerings on Lab.bab Du.chen in November.

Ways to Contribute

    • Preferred Method: Write a check payable to Land of Medicine Buddha
      Note: Stupa Project
      Mail to 5800 Prescott Road, Soquel CA 95073
    • Contribute through our Indiegogo campaign
    • Make a donation to the Stupa Project using a secure server and your credit card.

Contributions may be received up until December 31st, 2014. In order to be included in the light offerings on Labab Duchen we will need to receive your names by 12noon on November 12th. The Indiegogo campaign will remain open for 60 days so that donations can be made there toward our goal. And, of course, donations can be made for the Stupa Project in general until the project is completed.

Make a Donation to Help Build the Stupa Now! 

We will thank you by making light offerings on your behalf from Nov 13, 2014, the special Buddha Days of the Buddha’s Descent from Tushita through Lama Tsong Khapa Day, Dec 16, 2014.

LTK light offerings

A Project inspired by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

Rinpoche pledged US$50,000.

Since its inception in 1997, the Stupa Project has undergone many stages of architectural design, planning, consultations, working with government agencies, redesigns, further consultations. After observations and consultation with Lama Zopa Rinpoche and also Khandrola, we were advised to build a Mahabodhi Temple, similar to the one in Bodhgaya, which was built at the site where the Buddha attained enlightenment.

We thank you for your interest, support, and generosity towards this project.

We are currently accepting applications for a Front Office Manager. This position is similar to a hotel/retail office manager.

Land of Medicine Buddha is busy Buddhist retreat center. Our retreat center exists in order to be of service to others. Our staff members demonstrate our spiritual values in their work.

Front Office Manager Duties include:


  • Supervising staff in reception & bookstore
    • In conjunction with the Assistant Director, doing performance reviews every 3-6 months for reception & bookstore employees
    • Training new reception office staff
    • Vacation/day off requests
  • Management of information to our kitchen and operations department. (I.e. meal numbers, set-up needs).
  • Responsible for monitoring communication between reception and housekeeping
    • Ensuring that documents and lists are up to date and correct
  • Conducting periodic reviews of guest rooms to check for any maintenance or housekeeping needs.

Reception Office / Bookstore

  • Provide reception & bookstore coverage; i.e. being available regularly to answer phones, take reservations, check in guests and help bookstore customers.
  • In conjunction with the Assistant Director, develop new policies and procedures as needed.
  • Ensuring that policy and protocol are followed.
  • Making sure opening and closing procedures are followed correctly
  • Interfacing with other managers to ensure smooth interdepartmental communication
  • Work with receptionists to make sure all forms are printed, office is kept clean, daily communication with housekeeping is clear, and the reservation system is accurate.
  • Work with the bookstore coordinator to make sure the store is well-stocked, clean and organized, and orders are being place in a timely fashion.
  • Working with the bookstore coordinator to do a complete physical inventory at the end of each year.
  • Filling in for the lower office staff as needed to accommodate vacation requests and sick leave.
  • Maintaining and updating the needs of the bookstore reception office including :office manual, guest welcome books, and staff phone lists, reception forms, replacing lost room keys

Our ideal candidate must have:

  • Excellent customer service & problem solving skills including:
    • Great communication skills
    • A healthy sense of humor
    • Hospitable, welcoming demeanor
    • An inquisitive mind that can bring calm to high stress situations.
  • At least two years’ experience in reception offices, retail, and/or retreat centers
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Experience and confidence with computers, particularly documents, spreadsheets, reservation system.
  • Flexibility in their schedule
  • Must be able to work weekends

Other helpful qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of & experience with Google Drive/Docs/Apps
  • Knowledge of & experience with Resnexus Reservation System
  • Knowledge of & experience with iPads & PayPal

This is a full time position salary position. Starting wage will be based on experience. Tangible benefits include vacation, holiday, sick pay and dental insurance.

To apply, please submit the following information to: employment at medicinebuddha dot org

  1. A one page cover letter explaining why you are right for this job and why this job is right for you.
  2. A professional resume
  3. Two professional references and one personal reference

The first level of the stupa has been filled and sealed (see video below). The filling was completed on September 2, 2014, with the help of many hands. The concrete slab covering the whole level was done on September 16, 2014.

Here is a brief list of some of the things that went in the first level:

  • Four sets of the Kangyur (Buddha’s sutras).
  • Other classical Buddhist scriptures and commentaries in English and Chinese.
  • Over five billion (5 followed by 9 zeroes) mantras.
  • Over 400,000 printed images of buddhas and holy beings.
  • Over 3,000 tsatsas (plaster cast images) of buddhas.
  • Many cartons of audio and video recordings of Buddhist teachings by modern-day masters.
  • All sorts of objects symbolic of worldly resources.
  • Nine wealth vases.

All the empty spaces were packed with pine shavings to serve as incense.

There is a very informative video that shows the work of two months that went into getting all the things together, packing them, and putting them in the central chamber and the outer corridor of the first level. Watch: