News and Updates

2018 Seasonal Retreat Schedule

We are happy to announce the Spring/Summer 2018 seasonal retreat schedule. Seasonal retreats offer participants the opportunity to enjoy the daily schedule of the monastery and the basic practices such as sitting meditation, walking meditation, and mindful eating. Currently, only one-week or two-week stays are available. Friday, April 6, 1 week or 2 weeks Friday, April […]

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A New Generation of Monastics at Deer Park Monastery

As the spring retreat opens we have several people participating in our aspirant training program here at Deer Park. The monastic community continues and is growing deeper roots on this land! This past winter retreat the monks of Solidity Hamlet offered a class entitled: Introduction to Monastic Life. The class was open to all friends […]

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End of Winter Retreat Offering

Dear Friends of Deer Park, As you may know, the Winter Retreat at Deer Park Monastery is coming to an end on Sunday, February 25, 2018. For more than 2,500 years, this retreat has been an occasion for the lay and monastic practitioners to benefit from each others’ presence and to deepen their practice of mindfulness, […]

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2018 Retreat Program

We are happy to announce the program of our major retreats in 2018. We hope that many of you from around the world will be able to join our community to experience the art of mindful living. A significant change for the coming year is the annual 90-Day is much earlier and this allows for […]

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A new season of Days of Mindfulness

Starting Sunday, November 26, our gathering space for walking meditation will change. As you arrive to our main parking lot, please enjoy your steps up the paved road. Our day of mindfulness can begin as we make our first step at Deer Park, allowing our body to relax, bringing our attention to our feet, letting […]

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Mindfulness of Painting

“The environment, the sights, and the sounds of the monastery begin to work in you for healing and transformation, even before you listen to any teaching” – Thich Nhat Hanh in Living Buddha, Living Christ.   Dorm room with a fresh coat of paint.   Working meditation is a very happy practice. A good example […]

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The Eight Movement Shaolin Qigong BaDuanJin with Thich Man Tue

Buddhist philosophy believes Qigong allows access to higher realms of awareness, awakening a person’s true nature. Qigong means “Life Energy Cultivation” and the BaDuanJin form is primarily designated as medical Qigong meant to improve health. By being aware of our breath and our movements, it is possible to feel at ease, even after only a […]

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Benedict Cumberbatch narrates film featuring Thich Nhat Hanh

This August marks the premiere of Walk With Me in the U.S. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, British actor and 2015 Oscar’s best actor nominee for his performance in The Imitation Game; Walk With Me is a cinematic journey into the world of Plum Village, communities of practitioners who perfect the art of mindful living with the Vietnamese […]

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Community & Friendship’s Delight

Here is a video collage of friends sharing on the topic of community. This video was recorded at Deer Park Monastery during our recent retreat for members and aspirants to the Order of Interbeing, Turning Outward with Inward Stability. David Nelson filmed and edited this 7 minute video. These are Davids words: A diverse collection of […]

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Our Prayer for a Happy, Peaceful and Free New Year

Today we hosted our New Year’s Day of Mindfulness. In our Ceremony to greet the new year we read this prayer to our blood, spiritual and land ancestors. New Year Prayer to Mother Earth and All Our Ancestors Dear Beloved Thay, Dear Beloved Ancestors, Dear Beloved Mother Earth, We have gathered as a fourfold sangha […]

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