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Day of Mindfulness and Thay Giac Thanh’s Memorial Day

October 24 @ 9:00 am 2:00 pm PDT

Please join us for our weekly Day of Mindfulness. We love offering the dharma to friends who are able to physically visit Deer Park and we offer such activities as walking meditation, a dharma talk, and dharma sharing or a special ceremony. 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.


Please register by 8 AM on the day of the event. If you need to cancel, please click the link for “View and Manage your order online” in the confirmation email you receive.

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. 

To support the energy of serenity for the day, our monastery gate will open to receive guests at 8:00 AM and will close at 10:00 AM. The event will end at 2:00 PM.

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 – Gate opens to receive registered day visitors

9:00 AM – Walking Meditation to Thay Giac Thanh’s Stupa

10:15 AM – “No Death, No Fear” Dharma Talk by Hòa Thượng Thích Phước Tịnh (in Vietnamese with English Translation)

11:30 AM – Ceremony for Thay Giac Thanh

Thay Giac Thanh was the first abbot of Deer Park Monastery and the location where he passed away among his sangha family on October 15, 2001. Venerable Tam Tong, Chan Giac Thanh, Tram Nhien, birth name Le Van Hieu, was born on June 9, 1947 in the quiet and remote hamlet of Tra Loc, in Soc Son village, Tli Ton district, Rach Gia province. He became a novice monk in 1967 at Temple Thanh Hoa in Vietnam.

12:30 PM – Vegetarian lunch

2:00 PM – Day of Mindfulness concludes

Free Donations can be offered in the Donation Boxes located in the meditation hall.
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7 thoughts on “Day of Mindfulness and Thay Giac Thanh’s Memorial Day

  1. Thuy B. Pham-Remmele says:

    Deeply appreciate this opportunity. My husband David Remmele and I will definitely make every effort to come on time & attend.
    Thuy Pham-Remmele
    Madison, Wisconsin

    • Cristina Lindley says:

      I cannot reply for the Sunday Day of Mindfulness, but I would like to come very much. I have been to Deer Park many times before Covid-19, and I have missed you so very much.

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