Tết (New Years Event): A Day of Mindfulness

Tết (New Years Event): A Day of Mindfulness

January 30 @ 9:00 am 6:00 pm PST

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 we welcome you to visit for the whole day. These events usually fill up due to limited space, so be sure to register in advance so you can attend. And if your circumstances change, please cancel your reservation so others may take advantage of the Great Hidden Mountain. If you have questions, please post a comment below. 

Hòa Thượng Thích Phước Tịnh
Hòa Thượng Thích Phước Tịnh


Please register by 8 AM on the day of the event. If you need to cancel, please reply to the confirmation email you received.

Our hope is to enjoy this time together in a way that keeps everyone healthy. For admittance, please be prepared to share your CDC card upon arrival showing complete COVID-19 vaccination. This means that at least 2 weeks will have passed between your second vaccination shot (if you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine) or your single vaccination shot (if you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and the day you are scheduled to attend.

We ask for your understanding when we say that if you cannot provide a record of complete vaccination, you will not be allowed to enter the monastery. This requirement applies to every person who wishes to attend, regardless of age. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

In addition, we now require that you bring a face mask. Masks are required at all indoor activities, including listening to the Dharma talk, attending the recitation ceremony, and using the public restroom. 

In addition, we ask that all guests please observe our dress code: out of respect for our monastic brothers and sisters, please wear sleeves that cover the shoulders (short sleeves are acceptable), shirts that cover the midriff, and long pants or long skirts that are loose-fitting and cover the knees at all times. Please do not wear shorts, tank tops, nor tight-fitting clothing. We kindly ask friends to dress modestly for the duration of their time with us and to share this information with anyone attending the event with you. 

There is no cost incurred for participation in the Day of Mindfulness, but a donation is greatly appreciated to keep the monastery open and able to receive guests. You will find donation boxes in the meditation and dining halls or you can donate online.

Scheduled events occur rain or shine.


8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Gate open to receive registered visitors

9:00 AM – Walking Meditation

10:30 AM – Dharma Talk with Hòa Thượng Thích Phước Tịnh (Vietnamese with English translation)

12:30 PM – Vegetarian Lunch

3:30 PM – New Years Eve Ceremony

5:00 PM – Dinner

6:00 PM – Day of Mindfulness concludes

2499 Melru Lane
Escondido, CA 92026 United States
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35 responses to “Tết (New Years Event): A Day of Mindfulness”

  1. I’m planning on bringing my two children both under two years old. Hoping this is a family friendly event and the sound of children will not disturb the event. Please let me know.

    • We are definitely family friendly. However, as part of our covid protocol, everyone needs to show proof of vaccination. Including the children.

    • Hi Linh. We don’t have a waiting list for this event. The best option is to keep checking the page for when tickets become available again. Most likely in the last few days before the event. That’s when most of the cancellations occur.

  2. Dear community,

    I don’t have all the words to express my concerns of community spread at this in-person Tet Day of Mindfulness while COVID-19 and the highly transmissible Omicron variant is overwhelming our healthcare systems or to express my plea to protect all lives by changing this event from in-person to remote. I want to instead offer this article written by a disabled activist urging people to act in a way to protect all people, especially those at greatest risk, during this pandemic and sharing her rage at how disabled people continue to be devalued. One common example she uses is when large in-person events continue happening when cautioned against it. This article ends with a quote I’ll place below, where I see the term “interdependence” used by Mia Mingus as what we use in the practice to refer to as “interbeing”:

    “If there was ever a time to be in solidarity with disabled people, it is now. It has been through this entire pandemic. This is about what you can do now. Now is the time to recalibrate, to get (back) in alignment with your values. We don’t need your apologies, we don’t have time for that, we just need you to do better. If you are abled, talk to other abled people. Because of ableism they will be more open to hearing it from you than from us. Help to educate them. Do not participate in upholding abled supremacy. Unlearn everything that doesn’t serve interdependence.

    Interdependence is ultimately about “we,” instead of “me.” It understands that we are bound together, by virtue of existing on this planet. Interdependence is generative and grounded in care for one another. It doesn’t live in obligation or entitlement, but rather a loving willingness and a sacred giving. Interdependence cannot exist in scarcity, competition, comparison, domination or greed. It flourishes in abundance, appreciating and honoring difference, collective care and collective access. Interdependence can exist between two people or six billion and everything in between.

    Interdependence asks us to imagine new ways forward with intention and soulful commitment to each other. We need you. We need all of us. There is no getting out of this pandemic alone. There is no stopping the spread or pushing our government, schools and businesses to do more, alone. We need each other. We need each other. We need each other”


    • Hi Stella, there is no wait list so you will need to check the page from time to time and see if a spot opens up. Typically people cancel in the days leading up to the event.

    • Yes, it will change in some form but no details have been provided to me yet. Today or tomorrow I will work on getting more information on the plans for Sunday.

  3. Namaste, Precious Sangha, I will be traveling from Phoenix & hope the opportunity will open to attend. I am vaccinated w/ my card & had hoped there would be a wait list, but I note you mentioned to check back; which I will. Could u contact me vi email with best info to have an overnight stay the night before and after? Weather permitting I enjoy camping in the forrest or park nearby. Warm hearted regards, M

  4. Hi! Are there any rsvps left or waitlist? Is it possible to show up the day of the event in case there is space? Much appreciated, been planning to come by for a while and I finally have the day off this weekend. Please let me know!

    • Hello Kata. We are full for Sunday but sometimes people cancel in the last minute so just keep checking the website for a new RSVP.

      • Hi,I see you mentioned there are cancellations this morning, though the rsvps is still closed? How can I rsvp for one? Many thanks

      • Hi, is 155 the total amount of spots? I’ve been refreshing for the last hour but only see the same thing. Please advise. thank you!

          • Hi chan, it says 156 now, yet it won’t let me rsvp. Please let me know how i can resolve this… been on the website all morning and can’t seem to open the rsvp page. I’m on both my computer and iphone. thank you!

          • Our registration office may add people manually for specific needs. Still no additional cancellations.

  5. Hello, I registered for 2 yesterday and still waiting for a confirmation email. Do we need the confirmation email to come or just show up tomorrow?

  6. I just watched the livestream from DP, on YouTube, of the last of these sessions. Is there a printout available of the two phrases for this Tet?

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