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.

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Calendar of Events

Monastic Retreat at Deer Park 2021

The monastic centers of Deer Park, Magnolia Grove, and Blue Cliff gather together for a monastic retreat. Enjoy these photos ...
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Journey through the West, Part 2

Here we continue the diary from Brothers Gem, Earth, and Freedom as they journey with joy and siblinghood across western ...
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Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan Household

Question MarkAsk a Dharma Teacher Dear Teacher, I have a question. I try to not contribute to the suffering of ...
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Treasure in the Mountains

Treasure in the Mountainsby Juliet Hwang — True Emerald Ocean During our last trip to Deer Park Monastery, I watched my two children skip down ...
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