News and Updates

Community & Friendship’s Delight

Here is a video collage of friends sharing on the topic of community. This video was recorded at Deer Park Monastery during our recent retreat for members and aspirants to the Order of Interbeing, Turning Outward with Inward Stability. David Nelson filmed and edited this 7 minute video. These are Davids words: A diverse collection of […]

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2017 Lunar New Year “Parallel Verses”

We are very happy to announce the new Plum Village practice phrases to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year of the Rooster!  The practice phrases are a traditional parallel verse (or “couplet”) for the Lunar New Year (“Tết”), which will soon be celebrated in Plum Village practice centers. This Saturday,  January 28th, 2016 is New Year’s day.  The couplet […]

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Program for celebrating Lunar New Year 2017

Dear friends, In the spirit of practicing the three-month Winter Retreat 2016 -2017, this year at Deer Park Monastery, the community celebrates the Holiday Season and Lunar New Year very simply so that the monastics can have more time to study and practice during this three-month Winter Retreat. Therefore, you see that the program for […]

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Our Prayer for a Happy, Peaceful and Free New Year

Today we hosted our New Year’s Day of Mindfulness. In our Ceremony to greet the new year we read this prayer to our blood, spiritual and land ancestors. New Year Prayer to Mother Earth and All Our Ancestors Dear Beloved Thay, Dear Beloved Ancestors, Dear Beloved Mother Earth, We have gathered as a fourfold sangha […]

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Children’s Program at Deer Park Monastery (2017)

Dear Parents and Children, On the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, after walking meditation, the community listens to a dharma talk followed by either the 5 or 14 Mindfulness Trainings Recitation. On these days, we offer a children’s program for children aged 6-12 so that parents may fully participate in the activities. However, […]

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No Buses on Lunar New Year 2017 Pilgrimage

(English below) Ngày 20.12.2016 Nam Mô Đức Bổn Sư Bụt Thích Ca Mâu Ni. Kính bạch chư Tôn Đức Tăng Ni. Kính thưa chư cư sĩ Phật tử của Bổn tự. Cũng như mọi năm cứ vào Mùa Đông hai chúng Xuất sĩ Tăng Ni chúng con tại Tu viện Lộc Uyển, Escondido, California đều […]

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Sunday Dharma Talks during Winter Retreat

The Monastic Dharma Teachers of Deer Park are offering talks each Sunday under the theme: Nurturing our Roots, Strengthening our Branches – essentials of Plum Village Practice. The three characteristics of Plum Village Practice: continuous practice, present moment and dwelling happily, will also guide the teaching. This list of Dharma Talks is subject to change, […]

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Young Brother – Brother Chân Pháp Đệ

Adrian Aloysius Stier, born May 8, 1935, in Grand Meadow, to Alvin and Marcella Stier, died Aug. 4, 2016, in Escondido, California where he was a resident at Deer Park Monastery. As a monastic, he was known as Brother Chân Pháp Đệ or “Young Brother.” During his lifetime, Br. Pháp Đệ was a Catholic priest, a stock […]

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Classes Offered During Winter Retreat

Meditation Class This is an open meditation class based on the sutra, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, offered by Brother Phap Ho. In this class, we will learn how to practice the exercises in the sutra in our sitting and walking meditation practice, as well as in daily life. In each class, instruction will be […]

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One Year Residential Program: Application for March 2017 to February 2018 is now available

Since March we have had 6 friends participating in the One Year Residential Program here at Deer Park Monastery. We have decided to continue this program and the application is now available. Here is some input from our current friends in the program: “This internship has given me time and opportunity to examine and heal […]

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