Deer Park Monastery was established by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh to share the practice of mindful living.

This 400-acre sanctuary rests peacefully in the chaparral mountains of southern California, surrounded and protected by oaks and the natural landscape.


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The monastery is slowly reopening to visitors. This makes us happy and brings joy. Always check the calendar below for when we might offer in-person events. We are not open for drop-in visitors. When we do have visitors, everyone must be fully vaccinated and be able provide proof of vaccination.

North American Order of Interbeing Retreat

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido

Cultivating True Love in the Presence of Suffering Blue Cliff Monastery, Deer Park Monastery, and Magnolia Grove Monastery are hosting an online retreat for Order of Interbeing members and formal […]

Seasonal Retreat (1 or 2 weeks)

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido

Seasonal retreats at Deer Park Monastery are available during many months of the year. Guests register to practice mindfulness with the community while following the daily schedule of the monastery. […]

Summer Retreat 2021

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido

The Summer Retreat at Deer Park Monastery marks the first time we open the valley in the hidden mountain to welcome the larger lay community since the beginning of the […]

Offerings from the Monastery

Lazy Days in Sedona with Deer Park

The monks emerged for the first time since the pandemic began to enjoy some lazy days camping in red rock ...
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Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake Lying in Wait

Out on a walk Tuesday evening we discovered this small Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake—coiled, lying in wait, but not threatening. ...
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Mind and Objects of Mind Manifest At the Same Time

Question from Secondo: Dear Deer Park Monastery Sangha,In the book How to See, in the chapter "The Wisdom of Nondiscrimination", ...
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Vesak 2021: Celebrating the Buddha’s Birthday

On Sunday May, 23rd the Brothers and Sisters of Deer Park Monastery were joined by friends from many local sanghas ...
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Joyfully on the Noble Path

By Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh This is an excerpt from Thay's last Dharma talk at Deer Park Monastery during ...
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The Buddha Statue Reminds Us to be Compassionate

Question: Beyond just having a Laughing Buddha statue in my living room, may I pray to Him? Does he really ...
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