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.

Calendar of Events

Sharing from the Monastery

90-Day Rains Retreat

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

Our sangha of monastics share with you the practice of the annual Rains Retreat at Deer Park for a 90 day period. The Opening Ceremony for the Rains Retreat will […]

Day of Mindfulness and Thay Giac Thanh’s Memorial Day

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Please register by 8 AM on the day of the event. If you need to cancel, please click the link for "View and Manage your order online" in […]

Free

No Death. No Fear. (Online)

A live dharma talk online with Hòa Thượng Thích Phước Tịnh. The talk will be offered in Vietnamese with English translation. For those needing translation, please register with the link […]

Free

Stepping Into Freedom: A Day of Mindfulness

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Please register by 8 AM on the day of the event. If you need to cancel, please click the link for "View and Manage your order online" in […]

Free

Retreat to Ring in the New Year at Deer Park

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

Holiday Retreat 2021 Lottery registration is not closed, but we do have a Waiting List that you can add your name to. If you entered the lottery, you should hear […]

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Monastic Retreat at Deer Park 2021

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