​​​​Mahapajapati Monastery

​​​​​​​living the buddha's ancient teachings in modern times

We are located at 3368 Chapparrosa Road, in Pioneertown, California.


If you are driving:

  • From Los Angeles, take 1-10 east to CA 62/Twentynine Palms Highway towards Twentynine Palms/Yucca Valley.
  • In Yucca Valley, turn left (north) on CA 247/Old Womans Springs Road.
  • Drive about five miles and turn left (west) on Pipes Canyon Road.
  • Go 1.2 miles.
  • You will pass a yellow diamond "Rock Slide Area" sign, and just after that you will see Chapparrosa Road and the sign for the monastery. Turn right onto the dirt road.
  • The second driveway on the left is 3368 Chapparrosa Road.


If you are flying:

  • We are one hour's drive from Palm Springs Airport. Please arrange your travel to this airport, rather than to one of the Los Angeles airports, unless you are going to arrange your own transportation from Los Angeles to the monastery.
  • From Palm Springs Airport, the #12 bus, run by the Morongo Valley Transit Authority, goes to Yucca Valley twice a day on weekdays, and the #15 bus (which is the weekend version of the #12 bus) runs twice a day on Saturdays and once a day on Sundays. Please arrange your travel to and from the monastery at a time that allows you to catch one of these buses, and if you are at all uncertain about the schedule, call the bus company at 760-366-2395 to be sure. We are happy to provide transportation between the Yucca Valley Transit center and the monastery. We cannot provide transportation to or from the airport.


If you come by Greyhound bus or Amtrak train:

  • Take the Greyhound bus or Amtrak train (or Amtrak bus) to Palm Springs. From there, you can catch the Morongo Valley Transit Authority bus to the Yucca Valley Transit Station, where we can pick you up. The way to do this is not clearly described on the Morongo Valley Transit Authority's website, and so before you actually purchase your Greyhound or Amtrak ticket, it is best to figure out where and when your Greyhound bus or Amtrak train/bus would arrive, and then call the Morongo Valley Transit Authority at 760-366-2395 to see if that would fit with their schedule. Some of these stops are regularly scheduled, but there are some stops that the Morongo Valley Transit Authority bus does not usually make, and therefore are not on the website. For those, the bus will make a special courtesy stop for you at two specified times a day at the Amtrak and Greyhound locations if it is prearranged.  Again, call the Morongo Valley Transit Authority with your Greyhound or Amtrak arrival time and location information to figure this out before purchasing your Greyhound or Amtrak ticket.