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 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.

Raising the Flag: A Day of Mindfulness

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

This event is In-Person and requires advance registration (at bottom of the page). Please join us for our weekly Day of Mindfulness. We love offering the dharma to friends who […]

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Tết Dharma Talk: Live Online

Virtual Event Virtual Event

A special Dharma Talk for the arrival of Tết. Live from Deer Park Monastery, Ocean of Peace Meditation Hall. The dharma talk will be in Vietnamese, so please join us […]

Free

Tet (New Years Event): A Day of Mindfulness

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

This event is In-Person and requires advance registration (at the bottom of the page). Please join us as we start our Tet celebrations. This special schedule is all day and […]

Currently full Free

No Day of Mindfulness

As we are amidst our Lazy Days, we will not be offering a Day of Mindfulness Today. Our next Day of Mindfulness is tentatively planned for February 20, 2022.

Free

No Day of Mindfulness

As we are amidst our Lazy Days, we will not be offering a Day of Mindfulness Today. Our next Day of Mindfulness is tentatively planned for February 20, 2022.

Free

Falling In Love With Mother Earth Retreat

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

Please join us for this 5-day mindfulness retreat offering opportunities to come back to ourselves during daily sitting, walking, and eating meditation, in order to touch the nourishing and healing […]

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Our Holiday Retreat Slideshow

When we come back to ourselves, to what is going on in the here and now, we let go of ...
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Holiday Greeting from Deer Park

Our friend at Evermind Media created a Deer Park eating mediation video to share with you during this holiday season ...
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2022 Retreats with the Monks and Nuns

In Person Retreats at Deer Park Monastery Dear Friends. We are happy to share with you our planned retreat schedule ...
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Ask A Dharma Teacher: Fearing Death

Question MarkAsk a Dharma Teacher Dear Teacher, Hello. I stayed with your monastery several years ago. I have a question ...
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