Established by Zen Master
Thich Nhat Hanh and practicing in the Plum Village Tradition

We openly and warmly welcome the diversity of your experience to this place of refuge and healing – wherever you come from, however you look or identify, whomever you love.

Monks and lay friends on Escondido Rock

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Scholarships for Retreats

A limited number of scholarships are available through a grant we have received from the Hemera Foundation. To learn more and apply, visit the grant information page.

Featured RetreatS

Rains Retreat
  • The US Tour at Blue Cliff Monastery (Photo Gallery)
    Last month, the monastics of Magnolia Grove Monastery, Deer Park Monastery, and Blue Cliff Monastery gathered together in New York for two special retreats. The … Read more
  • The Science of Mindfulness
    We’ve all heard that mindful breathing can reduce stress and positively affect our health and mental wellness. Sister Đẳng Nghiêm, a former physician, has reminded … Read more
  • Incredible Gift
    by Anna Gerner Deer Park has had a transformative impact on my life, leading to growth, healing, and change. Despite initially feeling hopeless about my … Read more
  • The Redwood Sutra
    Thus have I heard one time when the Venerable Mṛgāvataṃsakā was residing in the redwoods by the banks of the Smith River, California. After eating … Read more
  • An Earth Peace Treaty
    This sheet offers a number of steps we can take to reduce the impact of our ecological footprint. Please look over this and, if you … Read more
  • Communing with Redwoods
    by Sister Hướng Nghiêm In June, the Deer Park monastic sangha visited the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Here I share some of my experiences … Read more
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Monastery Closed

From August to mid-October, the Deer Park monastics will be participating in the Monastic Teaching Tour. As a result, the monastery is closed and will not hold any public Day of Mindfulness during this period. We will open for the The Buddha the Scientist Retreat and the Vietnamese Retreat in late September and October. Advance […]

Thich Nhat Hanh Calligraphy & Art Auction

We are happy to announce that the Brushes of Enlightenment calligraphy & art auction to support Deer Park Monastery. This auction is being held to raise funds to build a … Read more

The Buddha the Scientist Retreat: Public Health & Collective Awakening

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA, United States

Join us from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 at Deer Park Monastery for an extraordinary retreat and symposium open to all, merging the timeless teachings of the Buddha with the forefront of scientific inquiry. The Buddha the Scientist Retreat is a transformative journey into the present moment, empowering scientists and the wider community to cultivate […]

$425 – $750

Hội vui

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA, United States

Khóa tu Tiếng Việt 2023 tại Tu Viện Lộc UyểnChủ đề:“Hội vui” Thư ngỏ  Kính thưa quý đạo hữu khắp xa gần! “Thắp lên ngọn đèn mới Ngọn đèn sẵn trong tim Hiến dâng nụ cười mới Nụ cười nở trên môi” Trong không khí sum vầy của US Tour 2023 có đến gần 150 […]

Stable · Joyful: 2023-2024 Rains Retreat

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA, United States

Our sangha of monastics and lay friends share with you the practice of the annual Rains Retreat at Deer Park for a 90 day period. Peacefully dwelling in the great […]

Rains Retreat Opening: A Day of Mindfulness

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA, United States

Join us for this very special day of practice. We will participate in walking meditation, listen to a Dharma talk and then hold a special ceremony to open the annual 3-month Rains Retreat. Advance registration requested. Registration will open on Sunday, October 8th Tentative Schedule 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Gate open to receive […]


454: How to Stop, Rest, and Heal Deer Park Dharmacast

A Dharma talk with Br. Man Tue from the Ocean of Peace Meditation Hall at Deer Park Monastery during our Day of Mindfulness, Sunday, July 23, 2023. Our theme is how to stop, rest, and heal. 
  1. 454: How to Stop, Rest, and Heal
  2. 453: Understanding Our Impulses
  3. Moments of Suffering
  4. Anxiety and Coming Back to the Present Moment
  5. How can I let go of attachment to worldly love?