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A collection of recent entries in the blogs on the Deer Park website.

Nunnery Straw Bale construction workshops

Posted by Chân Lưu Phong at Feb 02, 2015 07:10 PM |
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On January 17th, and January 24th we had our straw bale construction workshop and over volunteers worked side by side with the monastics to carry, cut and stack straw bales in the walls of the sisters new residence. With many helping hands and mindful efforts, we were able to make good progress on the walls.

The full set of workshop pictures are hosted here:

Nunnery construction update #5: Frames, roofing.

Posted by Chân Lưu Phong at Nov 24, 2014 05:40 PM |
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Construction at the Nunnery project continues to move at a rapid pace. We have enjoyed warm and clear Fall weather which is perfect for framing. All four buildings are now framed and we are in the process of installing the roofs.

Rough plumbing and electrical is underway and the bathrooms are being designed. The sisters have given much thought to planning the lay-out of their future homes to be in the best way possible.

The excitement is building as the first delivery of straw bales is now scheduled for December 4th. The months of December, January and February will be exciting as the straw bales are stacked and the earthen plaster is applied to the walls. Look for more information on work days to join the sisters in raising the straw bales and applying the earthen clay plaster to their new homes!

Thank you all for following our progress and supporting green building at Deer Park!

Ed Earl, Construction Project Manager

Escondido Walk to Feed the Hungry event (Oct 23, 2014)

Posted by Chân Lưu Phong at Sep 27, 2014 07:55 PM |

Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi and about 45 Monks and Nuns will be leading the Buddhist Global Relief 1.8-mile Escondido Walk to Feed the Hungry on Thursday, October 23, 2014 including all Buddhist denominations.

Please see this site for more details:


Orange County Viet Wake Up Day of Mindfulness (Sept 28, 2014)

Posted by Chân Lưu Phong at Sep 07, 2014 04:40 PM |

Day of Mindfulness for Vietnamese American Young Adults.
Led by Dharma Teachers of Deer Park Monastery.

You may have heard about “The Mindful Revolution” (as published in Time Magazine, February 3, 2014) and wondered what it is all about. Here is your chance to come and experience it for yourself!

Join the Viet Wake Up of Orange County for a day of peace and happiness where you will have opportunities to learn more about mindfulness meditation, how to find peace in a stressed-out and digitally dependent culture, and how to reconnect with yourself and those around you.

The English speaking event will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sunday, September 28, 2014 at:

Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

(at Park Shelter #1, on the south shore of South Lake, corner of Warner Ave and Euclid St)

Admission is free and a vegetarian lunch will be provided. Donations are voluntary and greatly appreciated. Please RSVP at Thank you for your support.


Nunnery construction update #4: Retaining wall

Posted by Chân Lưu Phong at May 13, 2014 04:55 AM |
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200 feet long, north facing, 2 - 10 feet tall, retaining wall

April 17 - 24, 2014

May 2-7, 2014

Adding water proofing layers

Nunnery construction update #3: Building A footwork

Posted by Chân Lưu Phong at Apr 27, 2014 02:30 PM |
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Building A will be Thay's hut and living quarter for his attendant when Thay visits.  It will be about 931 sq. ft.  The building requires substantial foundation and restraining wall to bring the structure to the same elevation as the other buildings in the project.

Pictures from April 19th to 27th, 2014

Cultivate a Mind of Love for Mother Earth

Posted by Chan Phap Ho at Apr 18, 2014 04:41 PM |

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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Nunnery Construction Estimates Reduced.

Posted by Chân Lưu Phong at Apr 07, 2014 03:25 PM |
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Thanks to success in Phase I of construction, the total expected costs for the nunnery project have been reduced significantly! We now estimate that the project will cost $1.7 million dollars instead of the original estimate of $2.2 million. The project originally budgeted for contingencies that might have required the higher cost, but we can safely say that these contingencies will not arise. Fund raising for the project has been adjusted accordingly.

Thanks to our generous donors, the project has raised $914,000 as of March. With the help of our sanghas we hope to raise the remaining $786,000 this year.


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Nunnery Construction Update #2: Grading

Posted by Chân Lưu Phong at Mar 15, 2014 06:45 AM |
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March 12, 2014

Nunnery Construction Update #1: Demolition

Posted by Chân Lưu Phong at Mar 10, 2014 05:30 AM |
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Demolition, making room for the nunnery building

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Demolition preparation for nunnery constructions

Posted by Chân Lưu Phong at Feb 15, 2014 12:00 AM |
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Nunnery constructions is starting!

Here are images from the community work day to save plants and building materials from demolition.

Please visit this page for more information about the project and funding status:

Updated Contemplations before Eating

Posted by Chan Phap Ho at Jan 26, 2014 06:00 AM |
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Enjoy every bite, it’s a gift of love from the Cosmos.

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Nunnery at Deer Park

Posted by Chan Phap Ho at Dec 24, 2013 06:10 AM |
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a video to learn more of the need and how to help - thank you!

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Thay shares about Compassion at Stanford

Posted by Chan Phap Ho at Nov 12, 2013 04:44 AM |

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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Smiles at Deer Park - heart warming

Posted by Chan Phap Ho at Oct 31, 2013 05:12 AM |
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during our Finding our True Home a friend carried a Smile Cam around the monastery

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Field of Great Vows - Parking lot

Posted by Chan Phap Ho at Sep 28, 2013 04:30 AM |

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

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Deer Park Dharma Cast Continues

Posted by Chan Phap Ho at Jun 05, 2013 04:51 PM |

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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Nunnery - plans in progress

Posted by Chan Phap Ho at Feb 17, 2013 03:30 AM |


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

Posted by Chan Phap Ho at Jan 04, 2013 03:25 AM |

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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The Wonder of Children at Deer Park Monastery

Posted by Chan Phap Ho at Dec 27, 2012 04:15 AM |

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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