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

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

Monks and lay friends on Escondido Rock

Help Build Our New Monks’ Residence!

With more young people inspired to ordain and continue our monastic tradition, the monks’ residence has now reached capacity. This is a happy moment: with a flourishing resident monastic community, Deer Park can continue to be a refuge for thousands of practitioners who come every year for retreats and Days of Mindfulness.


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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.

Thay Man Tue at Deer Park with hand over heart

Qigong Meditation with Br. Insight

One of our resident monastics is Thich Man Tue (Brother Insight), a beloved elder who you can usually see smiling …
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Brother Ngo Khong

Freedom through Letting Go

Chân Trời Ngộ Không, also known as Brother Freedom, shares his journey to monastic life through letting go. It was …
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Gratitude to our Sangha

Dear Friends, We hope that you are staying warm and finding some stillness and rest during this holiday season. We …
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Oak canopy

Day of Gratitude Photo Gallery

On Thanksgiving Day (2022), the sangha gathered under the oak trees of Clarity Hamlet. Following walking meditation, we gathered together …
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No Day of Mindfulness

During our lazy time following the Tết celebrations, we will not offer a public Day of Mindfulness on this date. The next Day of Mindfulness will be Sunday, February 12, […]

The Good News: A Day of Mindfulness

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

We return after several weeks of special events and some lazy time. Today our Dharma talk will be offered by Br. Pháp Xứ, a more recent arrival to Deer Park […]

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Pháp Thoại / Dharma Talk

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA
Virtual Event Virtual Event

Thay Pháp Xứ will offer a Dharma talk in Vietnamese with live English translation on Zoom. The theme is The Power of True Love (Sức mạnh của tình yêu đích […]

Mindful Hiking in Nature Retreat

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

This one week backpacking trip in the wilderness surrounding Deer Park Monastery will entail approximately 3-6 miles of walking with a fully-loaded backpack per day. Participants are required to bring […]


Wake Up 2023 Retreat

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

An in-person 7-day retreat for young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 years old, hosted by Deer Park Monastery with the support of monastics and practitioners in the […]

442: Year-End (lunar) Dharma Talk Deer Park Dharmacast

Dear friends, This is the English translation of a Dharma talk offered by Sr. Uyển Nghiêm at the close of the lunar new year. The talk occurred in the Ocean of Peace Meditation Hall with several hundred people present for the new year celebrations. During the talk, she uses poetry to explore the dharma plus a song is shared with those present. Please enjoy. The translation is offered by Br. Minh Dia. 
  1. 442: Year-End (lunar) Dharma Talk
  2. 441: Confidence in the Dharma
  3. 440: How to Know if This Is the Path
  4. 439: The Path is Our Home, a Dharma Talk with Su Co Dang Nghiem
  5. 438: The Mind of Distraction