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 has been reopening to visitors over the summer months. 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.

Questions and Answers: A Day of Mindfulness

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

This event is In-Person and requires advance registration. Please join us for our weekly Day of Mindfulness. We love offering the dharma to friends who are able to physically visit […]

Free

Being Peace: A Day of Mindfulness

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

This event is In-Person and requires advance registration. Please join us for our weekly Day of Mindfulness. We love offering the dharma to friends who are able to physically visit […]

Free

Being Peace: Live Dharma Talk

Online CA

This event is Live Online. thong dich tieng Viet san sang Please pre-register here.

Free

Creating True Peace: A Day of Mindfulness

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

This event is In-Person and requires advance registration. Please join us for our weekly Day of Mindfulness. We love offering the dharma to friends who are able to physically visit […]

Free
Tree Bud

Ask A Dharma Teacher: Fearing Death

Question MarkAsk a Dharma Teacher Dear Teacher, Hello. I stayed with your monastery several years ago. I have a question ...
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Wake up to Life

Belonging to Sanghas

Belonging to SanghasBy Sara Henry—True Manifestation of Offering I’m writing this letter from a snowy, cold, and cloudy day in ...
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Sunrise over the Valley

Appreciating Beauty on a Lazy Morning

Lazy Morning at Deer Park MonasteryBy Amine Ben Jelloun Touimi I opened my eyes a few seconds before 5 am, ...
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Procession Great Precepts Transmission Ceremony 2021

What is the Great Precepts Ordination Ceremony?

Deer Park Monastery hosted the worldwide Great Precepts Transmission Ceremony (Đại Giới Đàn in Vietnamese) in the Plum Village Tradition from ...
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