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.

A Simple Life: A response to the climate crisis

As a monk I take care of my emotions around the climate crisis so I can help other people to …
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A Well-Regulated Nervous System

Dharma Teacher Jo-ann Rosen helps work with our non-stop stressers by understanding our nervous system. And learn about practicing with …
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Mindfulness

Collective Awakening: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Vision for Mindfulness in Public Health

A New Class for the Rains Retreat We are happy to offer a new in-person (and online) series of classes, …
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Healing Your Inner Child

Sister Dang Nghiem offers a short teaching on healing the inner child …
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Peaceful Dwelling: 90-Day Retreat

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

Our sangha of monastics and lay friends share with you the practice of the annual Rains Retreat at Deer Park for a 90 day period. Peaceful dwelling in the great […]

The Illness and Trauma of War

Hybrid Hybrid Event

In Class #2 we will use Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire as our foundational text. You may attend in-person or watch on YouTube below.

Here Are My Hands: A Day of Mindfulness

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

The Dharma talk today will be offered in Vietnamese by the Most Venerable Thích Phước Tịnh with live English translation.

Currently full Free

Community Work Day

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

Please join us in supporting with monastery projects and upkeep. Skills welcome but not necessary. Please complete the RSVP so we know you are coming.

Community Work Day

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

Please join us in supporting with monastery projects and upkeep. Skills welcome but not necessary. Please complete the RSVP so we know you are coming.

Día de los Muertos: A Day of Mindfulness

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA

Únase a nosotros para un día especial de atención plena en español, con traducción al inglés y al vietnamita. La charla de Dharma será ofrecida por el hermano Phap Luu. […]

Currently full Free

Deer Park YouTube Channel