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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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Community Work Days – Saturday September 2, last chance

For the last two Saturdays we have had many generous friends coming out to offer their joy, time and energy. We have laughed together, sweated in the sun, enjoyed refreshments and stopped to breathe. Thank you! We will have one last work day on September 2, when we will all help out in cleaning dorms, […]

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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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Children’s Program at Deer Park Monastery (2017)

Dear Parents and Children, On the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, after walking meditation, the community listens to a dharma talk followed by either the 5 or 14 Mindfulness Trainings Recitation. On these days, we offer a children’s program for children aged 6-12 so that parents may fully participate in the activities. However, […]

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Sunday Dharma Talks during Winter Retreat

The Monastic Dharma Teachers of Deer Park are offering talks each Sunday under the theme: Nurturing our Roots, Strengthening our Branches – essentials of Plum Village Practice. The three characteristics of Plum Village Practice: continuous practice, present moment and dwelling happily, will also guide the teaching. This list of Dharma Talks is subject to change, […]

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Young Brother – Brother Chân Pháp Đệ

Adrian Aloysius Stier, born May 8, 1935, in Grand Meadow, to Alvin and Marcella Stier, died Aug. 4, 2016, in Escondido, California where he was a resident at Deer Park Monastery. As a monastic, he was known as Brother Chân Pháp Đệ or “Young Brother.” During his lifetime, Br. Pháp Đệ was a Catholic priest, a stock […]

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Classes Offered During Winter Retreat

Meditation Class This is an open meditation class based on the sutra, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, offered by Brother Phap Ho. In this class, we will learn how to practice the exercises in the sutra in our sitting and walking meditation practice, as well as in daily life. In each class, instruction will be […]

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