Established by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and practicing in the Plum Village Tradition, we 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 reopened for visitors. 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.

Hearing My Songs

by Misa Nguyễn I did not expect to be at Deer Park Monastery for this long – almost three months! …
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The Little Buffalo in Pursuit of the Sun

IconZen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh”The Little Buffalo in Pursuit of the Sun” originally published in the book Call me by …
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Brother Ngo Khong

COsmic REligion (CORE) – A Music Infused Contemplation

Our dear Brother Freedom is in Europe for a few months and is offering this piece of music in honor …
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Yucca

Wild Flowers of Deer Park

For a short period of time in the spring (right now!), Deer Park explodes with colors and smells from the …
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Today

Monastery Closed

The monks and nuns of Deer Park are taking some time to be together as a sangha. During this period the monastery is closed and we will not hold any […]

Body-Mind and Environment (Class #31)

Virtual Event Virtual Event

The 40 Tenets of Plum Village with Thầy Pháp Lưu Dear friends, In tonight’s class Thay Phap Luu will discuss the 31st tenet. The 31st Tenet: “Retribution consists of both […]

A lotus just bloomed on the ocean: A Day of Mindfulness

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

June is National Ocean Month and so we pulled a line from one of Thay’s poems published in Excerpt From Call Me by My True Names: The Collected Poems.

Currently full $0.00 – $100.00

Armfuls of Poetry, Drops of Sunshine: A Day of Mindfulness

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

Join us for an in-person Day of Mindfulness for walking meditation, a Dharma talk by Thầy Pháp Nhỉ, and dharma sharing. Lunch provided.

Currently full $0.00

Teen Camp

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

Enough! Enough! You are enough! The Art of Unmasking Your True Self Register HERE NOW The Monastic Sisters and Brothers of Deer Park Monastery are thrilled to be hosting Teen […]

$160.00

One Arrow, Two Illusions: A Day of Mindfulness

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

Join us for an in-person Day of Mindfulness for walking meditation, a Dharma talk by Su Co Hương Nghiêm, and dharma sharing. Lunch provided.

Currently full $0.00

Family Retreat

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

This is a happy moment. It’s been 3-years since our last Family Retreat and we are happy for its return. We hope you are too! Join the Waiting List Note: […]

$24.00 – $400.00

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