At the start you can go to the Land of Medicine Buddha or the Enchanted Forest. The LMB trail or the Trail of 8 Verses is a 2 mile stroll which at which there are 8 stations each with a bench, and beautiful signage with a Buddist verse. Each is so serene and invites meditation.
The path of Eight Verses contains stations like this...very inviting, yes?
About 40 minutes into my workwout I come to my first special place. But just before that I go under this branch that seems to have grown just perfectly for someone to pass under.
Then up a little further and around the corner to the first of some special surpirses. People doing this for the first time are so moved.
From this point on you need to look carefully as there are small "memorials" just off the beaten path. It's not uncommon for me to find a new one that I have passed by many times. An example of just two:
Further down the hill. Depending on which way you are going you might not even see this one. It's tucked into a little grove.
Coming further down the hill there is another sacred grove:
As I continue on getting closer to main buildings I go up a small but steep hill and begin to drop into a beautiful and sacred meadow.
Over the crest of the hill and the lovely meadow with prayer flags and large tent are in front of me. I believe larger events are held up here.
Further down the meadow is also the Stupa path for the blessing of animals. Unfortunately I didn't catch the shadow on the painted signage which reads: "Special Blessing for Animals by Following the Stupa Path". What I love about this painted signage is that it's an exact rendition of what you are looking at as you read it.
Then just a little further on the path and you start approach the main parts of the retreat. Turn right on the paved road to the Wish Fulfilling Temple...what a lovely lane...
Around the corner to the Wish Fulfilling Temple. You can go in if you get the key but I'm always in a hurry (shame on me), so I gaze at the building and go and look into the windows.
On down the hill I keep going and I love this fence post that is part of a retaining wall.
A little further down the hill and you encounter the first of several sacred terraces. This has a smaller prayer wheel and a beautiful gongs. I always stop here and turn the prayer wheel and bang some of the gongs or chimes.
The small prayer wheel:
The gongs and bells:
Beautiful statue ringed with small prayer wheels.
Going further down the hill I start to come into the main set of buildings.
The kiosk of all the things happening at LMB
Another small prayer wheel.
A lovely artistic designated walking lane, similar to the art on the lane to the Wish Fulfilling Temple.
Almost done...just before I head down the last, short, but steep hill, to my bike is the largest prayer wheel on the grounds. I always stop to turn this one.
Information about the prayer wheel and how it is built. Very interesting!
How lucky am I that this is in my backyard? If you live in the area don't miss spending some time up at LMB. Trail running, easy hiking, or advanced moutain biking all in a place of serene beauty and spirituality. And animals welcome!