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

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

Monks and lay friends on Escondido Rock

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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.

US 2023 Monastic Teaching Tour: The Beloved Community

The Beloved Community: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Monastics To Tour U.S. Aug. 2 to Oct. 24

Following in the footsteps of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, his monastics will lead a teaching tour across the United …
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Monastics Coming to Orange County

We last held a Day of Mindfulness in Orange County in Fall 2017. This year we are happy to return …
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Wake Up Panel. Sister Huong Nghiem, Brother Phap Luu, Sister Chuyen Nghiem, and Brother Minh An

Healing and Transformation at Wake Up 2023

Each year it brings great joy to host the Wake Up Retreat for young people ages 18-35 years old. This …
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Befriend My Feelings

By Jahnavi Newsom I notice when I’m tired after we’ve hosted a retreat, and we are having lazy days, my …
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Cooling the Flames: A Day of Mindfulness

Our Dharma talk (Pháp Thoại) today will be offered by Thầy Pháp Lưu (aka, Br. Stream) in English with simultaneous translation to Vietnamese on Zoom. Registration will open on Monday, […]

The Sun My Heart: A Day of Mindfulness

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA, United States

Trái Tim Mặt Trời – Our Dharma talk (Pháp Thoại) today will be offered by Sister Truc Nghiem (aka, Sr. Bamboo) in Vietnamese with simultaneous translation to English on Zoom. […]

Family Retreat 2023

Deer Park Monastery 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA, United States

Our very popular annual retreat for families to join monastics and other practitioners in the Plum Village tradition. The retreat is full. However, we will have a waiting list available on Tuesday, March 28 at 12 noon PDT. If you are interested in serving as staff, applications are open now. Family Retreat is a retreat […]

Moments of Suffering Deer Park Dharmacast

From our series of questions and responses on March 26, 2023 in the Ocean of Peace Meditation, we heard this question. When moments of personal suffering take over and have a combustable quality, what advice do you have for a person experiencing this? Or someone who is helping that person?  Our response is offered by Sister Phu Nghiem. 
  1. Moments of Suffering
  2. Anxiety and Coming Back to the Present Moment
  3. How can I let go of attachment to worldly love?
  4. What are the goals of the practice?
  5. Racial Bias and Cultural Insensitivity