Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple is a small, rural temple and meditation retreat located in Southern California, in the mountains of Ventura County. We are affiliated with the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, in the Serene Reflection Meditation tradition. There are two resident Buddhist monks, Rev. Master Phoebe, the abbess, and Rev. Master Seikai. Both monks have lived in the monastic environment for at least 30 years. We offer instruction in meditation practice, Dharma talks, weekend and three-day retreats, festivals of the Buddhist calendar (held on Sundays), private retreats, and basic Buddhist teaching and spiritual guidance. The monks regularly visit meditation groups in Morro Bay and Ventura (please see About). Funerals and memorial ceremonies can be arranged at the temple and elsewhere, and house blessings are available upon request.
People have described the temple as a physical and spiritual oasis: our many trees and the park-like appearance around our three houses is in contrast to the generally dry surroundings. Our 45 acres of land extend up into the hills which lie to the north. There are numerous outdoor shrines and walking paths, and a hiking trail takes one to the top of our hill, about 200’ above the valley floor, providing a splendid view of the surrounding countryside.
The climate is generally dry, which makes for a wide swing in temperatures between early morning and afternoon. Any time of year it will be cool in the morning, then warming up during the day. In winter we have relatively little snow, but regular freezing weather; in summer, hot afternoons but pleasant mornings and evenings.