Deer Park Monastery is hosting a BIPOC Mindfulness Retreat as an expression of our continuing commitment to creating a nourishing, healing, and empowering space for members of our spiritual family who self-identify as BIPOC.
We understand that BIPOC people face specific issues due to their racial/ethnic identities and that cultivating affinity spaces is a necessary step and offers a beautiful opportunity for nourishment and healing, rest and restoration, and the cultivation of clarity and joy.
We are also partnered with Hemera, an organization that is offering fellowships for individuals to attend retreats. For more information or to apply, please click here.
If you do not qualify for a Hemera fellowship, please contact us via email for more information about available discounts.
BIPOC practitioners, new or more experienced, are welcome to join us at Deer Park Monastery on May 8-12, 2024. Deer Park is home to about 66 monastics, the majority of whom are BIPOC of Vietnamese descent.
The struggles for social justice and the search for the “beloved community” espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continue to serve as brilliant North Stars. His deep spiritual friendship with our Teacher continues to inspire many generations of monastic and lay practitioners; through deep spiritual practice, this journey can be sustainable, empowering, and liberating right in the present moment, starting with ourselves.
Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen Master, prolific author with over 100 books, poet, gardener, and peacemaker, played a pivotal role during the Vietnam War. He founded the School of Youth for Social Service and spearheaded the Engaged Buddhism movement. He initiated the European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Germany and received a Nobel Peace Prize nomination from Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
“…this gentle Buddhist monk from Vietnam…is a scholar of immense intellectual capacity. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in nominating Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967
These are some of the practices that we will engage in during this retreat:
It is our hope to make this retreat accessible to our BIPOC friends. We do not want the cost to prevent you from attending our retreats. If you cannot attend a retreat due to cost, we strongly encourage you to ask for a reduction. Please write to the registration office here with the subject BIPOC Retreat if you need financial assistance and your request will be reviewed case by case.
We reserve the right to refuse registration and to ask someone to leave the retreat with the opportunity to return at a later date.