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Deer Park Blog - Embracing the Road

"Embracing the Road" is a blog space where monastics are invited to share their experiences with mindfulness practice, notes from teaching tours, and sources of inspiration on the path.
Footsteps on Ipanema

Footsteps on Ipanema

Brothers Phap Hai and Phap Luu have begun a three-week teaching tour in Brazil. Here they share about the first few days in Rio de Janeiro, where the Dharma has been quietly blossoming amidst a number of local Sanghas.

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A Week in Rio

A Week in Rio

This past week included a meeting with teenage boys in a military sports training center, two public talks, and a meeting with the combined local sanghas.

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Images

A folder to hold images for Embracing the Road.

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Arriving in Delhi, Retreat in Dehradun

Thay and the International Plum Village Sangha have arrived in India for a tour or more than one month. This week the trip began with a welcome in Delhi, followed by a train ride to Dehradun for the first retreat on Mindfulness in Education at the Doon School.

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Photos of Monastics

Photos of Monastics

We've recently assembled photo galleries of the monks and nuns currently in residence at Deer Park. Follow the links below to see the slideshow.

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Fourteen Verses on Meditation

Fourteen Verses on Meditation

practicing meditations two wings: stopping & deep looking with joy and creativity

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Wake Up Retreat Opens

Wake Up Retreat Opens

The first Wake Up Retreat at Deer Park, for young people aged 20-35, began on Wednesday night. Friends from all over the country descended upon the hidden valley in the afternoon, for dinner, some games, and orientation. This morning as the sun rose over the fog-laden mountains, we enjoyed walking meditation down to the big hall, where Sister Lang Nghiem led us in a guided meditation on the breath.

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Giving Thanks!

Giving Thanks!

Thank you! What a wonderful thing to think and say. Thanksgiving is coming up... Let's start practice today, so that when Thanksgiving Day is here we are prepared and already in grateful mode.

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The Winter Retreat at Deer Park has started

The Winter Retreat at Deer Park has started

Today the community of Deer Park Monastery celebrated the opening of the Annual Three Month Winter Retreat.

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Wake Up: The Music of Community

Wake Up: The Music of Community

The Wake Up Song recorded by Joe Reilly, Melina Bondy and the Plum Village Sangha on Thursday, January 28th, 2010, in the Dharma Nectar Hall of Lower Hamlet, Plum Village, France. This article provides a link to download the song.

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Let the Light Shine up Your Life

Let the Light Shine up Your Life

Brother Phap Ho's reflections on going back to Plum Village for the Daffodils Great Ordination Ceremony, January 12-19, 2010.

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New Smooth Road to Deer Park - Please Drive Slowly

New Smooth Road to Deer Park - Please Drive Slowly

We lay the road as we go. Melru Lane & Cindy Jo Lane was just paved last week.

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Buddhist Monastics in the West gathered at Deer Park

from Oct 22-26 a group of 40 celibate Buddhist Monastics came to Deer Park

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Dear Mr. & Mrs. 1 %

a love letter for the holiday season

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Give the Priceless Gift

a wonderful practice for the Holidays offered by Brother Pháp Dung and the Plum Village Community

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The Wonder of Children at Deer Park Monastery

A few Thursdays ago Deer Park was privileged to host a fifth grade class of twenty-two children and six adults including their teacher, Ms. Walker, from the Waldorf School of San Diego.

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A New Year - Looking deeply into our life and relationships...

During our annual Holiday Retreat we celebrated New Years Eve. We practiced walking in candle light each step in joy and peace, sitting meditation and at midnight the bell and drum of Insight was invited. We continued the celebration with chanting and a New Year's prayer, which you can find below.

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Summer Camps at Deer Park

Summer Camps at Deer Park

Chill out, Zen in - for teens; Nurturing our Beloved Family - for children, teens, parents and grandparents

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the 38 Blessings MahaMangala Sutta

last Sunday brother Phap Hai gave a Dharma Talk on the 38 blessings

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Bat Nha: A Koan

Bat Nha: A Koan

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's response to the persecution of his students in Vietnam

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Love & Understanding Program in Vietnam

Love & Understanding Program in Vietnam

This is the recent sharing from our friends working for the Love & Understanding Program.

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Cultivating Awakened Culture

Cultivating Awakened Culture

What is awakening and awakened culture?

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With Mindfulness We Smile

With Mindfulness We Smile

a video with sharings by friends during the World We Become Retreat at Deer Park, July 21-25

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Interview with Dharma Teachers in Singapore

Interview with Dharma Teachers in Singapore

During the recent teaching trip of Thay in Sngapore, a number of Dharma Teachers were interviewed on how to use the practice to transform strong emotions. Enjoy!

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The Healing Embrace of Deer Park Valley

The Healing Embrace of Deer Park Valley

May we help protect this sanctuary for future generations.

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Winter Scenery at Deer Park 2010-2011

Winter Scenery at Deer Park 2010-2011

new pictures of people, animals and plants

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Course on Meditation - Continuation Day

Course on Meditation - Continuation Day

On Sunday February 20 we had our last class on the Fourteen Verses on Meditation here at Deer Park.

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Community Day of Mindfulness in Ojai

Community Day of Mindfulness in Ojai

The lay and monastic community of Deer Park Monastery offered a day of mindfulness at the Ojai Foundation in Ojai. This is one of the first places where our teacher, Thay offered talks and retreats in California in the 1980s.

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Monastic Lazy Days Camping Trip

Monastic Lazy Days Camping Trip

Twelve nuns and seven monks enjoyed a 5 night camping trip during our lazy period after this past Winter Retreat.

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Rocks of Mindfulness

Rocks of Mindfulness

creativity in and for awakening

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On the Road With Thich Nhat Hanh

Upcoming film about Thay, his monastic students, and their tour of the US together sharing their happiness, their practice, and their real life of transformation and healing.

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On the Road with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

a documentary about his monastic students in the making - please help support

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Let the Earth Heal You

a short video made by students about Deer Park Monastery

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Mindful Development

Mindful Development

a message from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh to the 8th United Nation International Vesak Conference 2011

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Hidden Treasures on this website

Hidden Treasures on this website

images from events at Deer Park always available to us

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Recorded songs at Deer Park

Recorded songs at Deer Park

staff and monastics sining - warming up for Family Retreat

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Together We Are One

Together We Are One

inspired poetry from the recent retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh here at Deer Park

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Deer Park Retreats 2013

Dear Friends, please mark your calendar with the following theme weekends and retreats for 2013.

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Poetry from the Heart

written by David Percival, OI member and Sangha builder in Albuquerque

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Breathing in, Breathing out - a week in Las Vegas

Breathing in, Breathing out - a week in Las Vegas

practicing in harmony - wherever we are - Brother Phap Ho reports from a week of practice in Las Vegas

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A Wonderful Video from Deer Park during our Holiday Retreat - The Spirit of Giving

come in contact with nature, the teaching and community of Deer Park in this lovely slideshow

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Mindful Eating as Food for Thought - NY Times Article

visit our brothers and sisters at Blue Cliff Monastery, NY through this article and pictures

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Vesak - Buddha's Birthday Celebration - pictures

On Sunday May 6 over 300 people enjoyed celebrating the birth of the Buddha and at the same time touching mindfulness, understanding and love - the energies of a Buddha.

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Children's Program on Vesak Day

a sharing by Sister Phu Nghiem

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Photos from People of Color Retreat Weekend

over 100 people came for this weekend, including a couple of wonderful Dharma Teachers

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Wake Up Tour in OR & WA: Sept 27 - Oct 15

Wake Up is a movement for young adults for a healthy and compassionate society. Five monks and nuns from Deer Park will go on a tour together with 4 long term lay practitioners. Please help us share this good news!

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Nunnery - plans in progress

PLEASE HELP US BUILD A HOME FOR CLARITY SISTERS

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Deer Park Dharma Cast Continues

We are grateful to have a new coordinator for our podcast. New Dharma Talks and Question and Answer Session etc. are being posted.

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Field of Great Vows - Parking lot

Friends of Deer Park with the help of many kind hearts and strong arms has transformed our parking lot.

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Smiles at Deer Park - heart warming

during our Finding our True Home a friend carried a Smile Cam around the monastery

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Thay shares about Compassion at Stanford

This is a unique sharing and talk by Thay, Thich Nhat Hanh, at Stanford on October 24, this year together with Compassion Researcher MD James Doty.

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Nunnery at Deer Park

a video to learn more of the need and how to help - thank you!

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Updated Contemplations before Eating

Enjoy every bite, it’s a gift of love from the Cosmos.

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Cultivate a Mind of Love for Mother Earth

We are aware that the planet, the ecosystem and many beings in the human, animal, plant and mineral realms are challenged. Let us open our hearts and ease our impact on the Earth, hence on ourselves.

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