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 continues to remain physically closed during the pandemic. When the time comes to reopen, we will share here on the website and through our newsletter.

Online Day of Mindfulness

Online CA

Join us online for our weekly Day of Mindfulness. We will begin with a guided sitting meditation, followed by walking meditation and a dharma talk.If you need Vietnamese or English […]

Free

The 40 Tenets of Plum Village with Thay Phap Luu (Class #8)

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido

Dear Friends, Welcome to a new weekly class from Deer Park Monastery on the topic "The 40 Tenets of Plum Village". This class will take place live on Wednesday nights […]

Free

Online Day of Mindfulness

Online CA

Join us online for our weekly Day of Mindfulness. We will begin with a guided sitting meditation, followed by walking meditation and a dharma talk.Links to the live-stream will be […]

Free

The 40 Tenets of Plum Village with Thay Phap Luu (Class #9)

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido

Dear Friends, Welcome to a new weekly class from Deer Park Monastery on the topic "The 40 Tenets of Plum Village". This class will take place live on Wednesday nights […]

Free

Online CA

An Online Retreat hosted by Deer Park, Blue Cliff and Magnolia Grove Monasteries How can we handle the feelings of dread, loneliness and anger within us and around us? There […]

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It Won’t Always Be This Way

Dear Friends, Within the last year, Brother Peace lost both of his parents, tragically, to suicide. He wrote this song ...
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What’s Cooking in Solidity Hamlet?

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the kitchen at Deer Park. Wonder no longer ...
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Let Me Count the Ways

By Deborah Westcott How do I love Deer Park Monastery? Let me count the ways! Deer Park is my spiritual ...
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Mushrooms Pushing Up

The marine layer in the morning creates conditions for mushrooms to come up now in the spring at Deer Park ...
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What does non-self mean?

Hello Deer Park Community and Sangha, I hope you all are doing well during this uneasy period. I am writing ...
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View from the Teahouse

By Brother Minh An Sometimes I look at the sky like it's a table, solid and limited and knowable. But ...
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