News and Updates

Community Work Days

For the coming three Saturdays (Aug 19, 26 and Sept 2) the monastic brothers and sisters are looking for help in preparing for the US Tour retreats at Deer Park. Each Saturday we will offer one main project outside: including erosion control and brush cutting along mountain road; brush cutting and chipping in Eucalyptus grove. […]

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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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One Year Residential Program: Application for March 2017 to February 2018 is now available

Since March we have had 6 friends participating in the One Year Residential Program here at Deer Park Monastery. We have decided to continue this program and the application is now available. Here is some input from our current friends in the program: “This internship has given me time and opportunity to examine and heal […]

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Winter Retreat 2016 – 2017

Our Sangha of Monastics have met to look at our retreat schedule for the time ahead. We would now like to share with you the practice of Winter Retreat at Deer Park this coming 90 day period. First arrival day for the Winter Retreat is Friday, November 25. All available arrival days for this practice […]

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