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Vesak Weekend (May 16 - 18, 2014)

Celebrating the Buddha's Birth
  • Retreat
When May 16, 2014 02:00 PM to
May 18, 2014 02:00 PM
Where Deer Park Monastery
Contact Name Registrar
Contact Phone 760-291-1003 x 100
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Vesak Day, also known as Manifestation Day, is the day we celebrate the birth of our Beloved Teacher, the Buddha Shakyamuni - the Fully Enlightened One, who found the wonderful path of compassion and understanding and shared it with all beings.

As part of our Vesak Celebration Weekend, the Four-fold Sangha of Deer Park Monastery will hold a special Day of Mindfulness on Sunday, May 18th. We will practice sitting meditation together, chanting, and touching the Earth. There will be a special Dharma Talk and a ceremony of chanting, paying respect to our ancestors, and ‘bathing the baby Buddha,' beginning at 9:00 AM.

We invite you and your family to come celebrate this weekend with us, beginning Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.  This weekend is Dana-based (giving from the heart).


Registration for this retreat is now open.



To ensure that we have space available for you, and in order to properly prepare for your visit, it is important that you register at least one week prior to the start of the retreat. Please plan to arrive at the monastery by 5pm on the retreat arrival date.

Dorm Registration for Vesak

Tent Registration for Vesak

If you are unable to register online, please contact our registration office.


"Two thousand six hundred years ago in the town of Kapilavastu, a Buddha known as Shakyamuni was a human being just as we are, but in him understanding and love were developed to a very high degree, and he became a fully awakened being. He was a beautiful and precious flower in the garden of humanity, an udumbara flower that blooms only once every three thousand years. He practiced the Way for countless lives. He appeared on this Earth as a prince who left his royal palace to practice at the foot of the Bodhi Tree. He conquered illusion. When the morning star arose, he realized the great path of awakening and turned the wheel of the Dharma."


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