Who said you needed to go East of the U.S. to learn more about Buddhist culture? Barely two hours away from San Francisco in Ukiah, you can find one of the largest temples in the Western world. The City of 10,000 Buddhas is one of California’s best-kept secrets and can make for a wonderful day trip from Mendocino. Read on to learn more about this unique attraction and start planning your visit today! Make your trip to Northern California the best it can be with our free Vacation Guide. You’ll get access to the top and local recommendations like restaurants, events, museums, shops, outdoor adventures, and more.
The City of 10,000 Buddhas is One of Mendocino’s Best-Kept Secrets!
History at the Heart of Ukiah
The City of 10,000 Buddhas is a rare gem at the heart of Ukiah, CA. This little town is nestled in the hills and vineyards north of San Francisco and is home to the largest Buddhist temples in the United States. As you approach by car, you are able to see the dazzling golden gate from afar. Over a hundred volumes of sacred texts have been translated within its walls and have contributed to the spread of knowledge within the Western World.
The City of 10,000 Buddhas was created in 1974 when the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association purchased the 700-acres of land on which it stands today. It’s home to the disciples of the Gold Mountain Monastery and all of those who seek wisdom beyond its walls. The number 10,000 is symbolic because it is a reflection of the immensity of the wisdom taught there. Anyone who comes through is like a seed waiting to grow, or as they say it: “There is nothing that does not flow forth from the Dharma Realm, and there is nothing that does not return to this Dharma Realm.” Therefore, anyone who arrives at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas will eventually enter the stream of wisdom.
Eighty acres of the 700 total area constitute the monastic complex, which ranges from religious, educational, to administrative activities. Thirteen buildings make up this complex:
- The Jeweled Hall of 10,000 Buddhas
- The Hall of No Words
- The Dharma Realm University
- The Jyun Kang Vegetarian Restaurant that serves some of the finest food in Ukiah
- The Tathagata monastery
- The Great Compassion Courtyard
- The Bell and Drum House
- The Tower of Blessings
- The Wonderful Words Hall
- The Five Contemplations Dining Hall
- The elementary and secondary school
- The organic Garden
The remaining land is dedicated to fields, orchards, vineyards, and woods. You can take a lovely stroll in the gardens and spot deer, hares, and even peacocks!
The monks living at the monastery adhere to the traditional Asian monastic culture. For example, they wear the long sashes and other traditional clothing and eat only one meal a day. Some even choose to make vows of silence. On top of being an influential temple, the City of 10,000 Buddhas also offers incredible learning opportunities, as well as celebrations and classes. Make sure you check their calendar of annual events to see what’s happening during your visit.
Tip: As a sign of respect, modest clothing is expected by visitors.
Stay in the Best B&B Near Ukiah
After your visit to the City of 10,000 Buddhas, drive back from Ukiah to the best B&B in Mendocino! Sea Rock Inn is the ultimate Mendocino getaway. Our stunning B&B offers amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Plus, we provide the modern amenities you desire and the serenity you crave while on vacation.
Browse our accommodations today and pick your favorite! Take a look at our Junior Suite 18. Wake up to a beautiful ocean view every morning and swoon over the sound of distant waves crashing on the shore. At night, relax in a hot bubble bath, slip into something comfortable, and enjoy a glass of wine on your private deck. Then, get a good night’s sleep in the luxurious queen bed. Before starting new adventures the next day, join us in the main inn, where a delicious homemade breakfast awaits you!