Live in joy,
In love,
Even among those who hate.

Live in joy,
In health,
Even among the afflicted.

Live in joy,
In peace,
Even among the troubled.

Look within,
Be still,
Free from fear and attachment,
Know the sweet joy of the way.

From the Dhammapada




Pine Mtn. Buddhist Temple Stupa


Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple is a small, rural temple and meditation retreat located in Southern California, in the mountains of Ventura County.  There are two resident Buddhist monks, Rev. Master Phoebe and Rev. Master Seikai, both of whom have lived in the monastic environment for over 30 years.

Because of its remote location and our overnight accommodations, the temple is ideally suited for meditation retreats for both groups and individuals.  Such retreats can be arranged at any time.  Once every month we schedule a two or three day Silent Meditation Retreat for people who are already familiar with our practice. For newcomers all other weekends are open and include a meditation workshop on Saturday morning, and general instruction in our practice throughout the weekend. We offer spiritual guidance and Dharma teaching to our guests on a daily basis.  For longer-term private meditation retreats we have two meditation huts available.

The monks visit two meditation groups, in Ventura and Morro Bay, California, once a month (please see About).  Funerals, memorials and house blessings can be arranged 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.

On July 30th there was a flash flood in Lockwood and Ozena Valleys. A series of thunderstorms dropped several inches of rain in a couple of hours, and the enormous amount of water that came down the Lockwood Valley Road turned to the north and completely flooded our temple grounds, leaving behind a thick layer of mud and sand. The houses are raised and were not affected, but our workshop and barns were flooded, roads and paths washed out, irrigation systems destroyed and the Stupa court and gardens covered in sand and mud. In other words, 15 years of landscaping was wiped away in a few hours, like a Tibetan sand painting.
Fortunately no harm came to people or pets, but the groundsquirrels and rabbits and probably snakes that live underground suffered badly.

Thanks to an outpouring of many kind donations we were able to hire two men who operated a big road grader and a backhoe. In one day’s work they leveled the roads which had been gouged out by the torrents of water running over our property, graded the roads to shed water better, and dug water diversions for the future. Later in August, we were able to hire a work crew from Taft who cleaned the mud out of our workshop, from the stupa surround, and the storage barn—really hard work. They also repaired a fence, and cleaned out all the rain gutters and water access boxes, which had filled with mud.  These men needed the work, as their regular job is roofing, which is hard to come by at the moment.  So our cleanup job in the end was beneficial to many people and gave a real sense of our interconnectedness.  

We will continue with Saturday work mornings through the fall, as there is still a lot to do—particularly in the gardens, which were buried in a layer of silt and sand.          


Meditation Group Meetings:
      Central Coast Meditation Group in Morro Bay: October 14th and November 9th, 7 - 9 pm

      Ventura County Meditation Group: October 1st and November 3rd, 6 - 8 pm                       

Temple Cleanup:
Saturday, October 10th, and 24th and November 28th, from 9am to 1pm

Retreats: Oct 31-Nov 1st, 2-day Segaki Meditation Retreat
                Nov. 12th – 15th,  Autumn Retreat (contact Temple for information)

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Pine Mtn. Buddhist Temple Stupa

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