Enjoy a morning of mindfulness and peace.
Given public health concerns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, we are unable to host in-person visits and Days of Mindfulness at this time. However, during our annual 90-day retreat at Deer Park Monastery, from November 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021, we offer you—as a free course on our Teachable platform—a series of Days of Mindfulness entitled “The Wisdom of Non-Discrimination”. Register here.
All of the activities will be freely available, streamed live on the Deer Park Monastery YouTube channel, and they will remain on the channel for on-demand viewing after the live session. For more information about when and how to join us, please see our calendar.
Here is a sample schedule of the day:
5:45 AM – Guided Sitting Meditation
9:00 AM – Walking Meditation
10:15 AM – Dharma Talk
(Times are in Pacific Time)
We want to invite fellow mindfulness practitioners, old and new, to join us during these three months. Since this is an online event, we want to invite our friends who live in the Midwest, on the East Coast, or even outside of the US to join us. This is one of the wonderful things about an online Day of Mindfulness.
Even though you cannot physically be there with us, you are invited to practice with us. Also, if you feel inspired, you can make these three months a time of turning inward, returning to your practice, if you are an experienced practitioner, or perhaps turning a new leaf and discovering a wonderful way of being if you are newer.
We look forward to a time when guests will be able to come for the day in person! Below please find more information about our usual day visit program.
Typical In-person Day of Mindfulness Schedule (temporarily unavailable)
Please park in the main parking lot and make your way up to the Solidity Hamlet campground. If you arrive early, feel free to enjoy a cup of tea in the dining hall, the building one level up from the meditation hall.
9:00 AM – Outdoor Walking Meditation
Walking meditation is a practice of walking together and being present with each step. We walk with freedom and solidity, no longer in a hurry, allowing our body and mind to be calm.
10:00 AM – For first time visitors: Introduction to our practice in the campground/ For returning visitors: Dharma talk in Ocean of Peace Meditation Hall
A dharma talk is a teaching about meditation and well-being. Also, the monastery gate closes at this time.
11:30 AM – Dharma Sharing or Ceremony
On the first Sunday of each month, we usually have a ceremony to recite the Mindfulness Trainings and on other Sundays, we generally break up into smaller groups for sharing.
12:30 PM – Mindful Lunch
Eating a silent meal together can be a meditative practice. We establish ourselves in the present moment and practice eating with a sense of peace, ease, and gratitude.
1:30 PM – Bookshop Opens
The bookshop carries a variety of books by our Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh in English and Vietnamese, as well as other items that support mindfulness practice.
2:00 PM – Deep Relaxation Meditation
Also known as “Total Relaxation Meditation”, this is a lying down guided meditation in which we relax and send gratitude to all parts of the body.
3:00 PM – Day of Mindfulness Concludes
Please check our calendar to confirm that the monastery will host a Day of Mindfulness on the date you wish to visit. Next, click on your preferred visitation date to register.
There is no fee for taking part in a Day of Mindfulness, but you are welcome to make a donation. Donations are our main source of support, so every offering is greatly appreciated. Your contribution can help us to keep the monastery open throughout the year. You can make your offering in the donation box in the Ocean of Peace Meditation Hall, any meditation hall, or either dining hall.
During most months, there is a children’s program for children ages six to twelve. A short dharma talk may be offered, followed by inspiring games and activities including art, meditation, nature walks, and singing. The program takes place after walking meditation and concludes at lunchtime so that parents may fully benefit from the dharma talk, recitation ceremony, and dharma sharing sessions. Children are invited to join their parents or guardians for walking meditation, mindful lunch, and Deep Relaxation Meditation. Meet at the star sign outside the Ocean of Peace Mediation Hall right after walking meditation. If you can help with the children, please let the program facilitators know.
Deer Park is deeply committed to inclusiveness. If you have a particular need for assistance, please contact us so we can offer you as much support as possible. Our meditation hall and dining halls are wheelchair accessible. All meals are vegan. There is generally a variety of options available at mealtime, but feel free to bring supplementary vegetarian food for yourself if you have a particular dietary need.
What to Wear
Please wear casual and modest clothing that is comfortable for sitting. We ask that all clothing cover the shoulders, midsection, and knees. No shorts or tank tops. Please wear or bring weather-appropriate clothing and shoes suitable for walking on nature trails so you can fully enjoy the outdoor walking meditation with the community. Also, avoid wearing perfumes or other products that may affect those who are sensitive or allergic to fragrances.