Once a spot for meditation and group chanting (above), the stupa court now lies under a thick coat of mud following the July 30 flash floods. (Photos courtesy of Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple)
Tiobe Barron, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple, a 45-acre oasis for those in search of meditation or a spiritual retreat, is tucked along Lockwood Valley Road and separated from Ojai by about 40 miles, but for many it is still very much part of local culture. For more than 15 years, the Revs. Phoebe and Seikai have opened their sanctuary — three houses, outdoor shrines, hiking trails and gardens — to those seeking some solitude and silence in a world overrun with noise.