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press releases from Deer Park and the international Plum Village Community
Teen & Family Retreats at Deer Park 2010
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Dear Family! We feel very happy and grateful to be able to have our annual Teen Camp and Family Retreat coming up. It is a time of real joy and togetherness.
Celebrating Deer Park 10 Year Anniversary
Deer Park Monastery was first established 10 years ago. Through offered time, energy and material resources from many close friends, Deer Park has been growing and maturing. With your support we can continue to practice love and understanding in this hidden valley for a long time.
The Miracle of the Sangha
Last year at the One Buddha is Not Enough Retreat, YMCA of the Rockies, our teacher Thay was receiving treatment in the hospital and could not attend the retreat. This became a wonderful learning experience for all of us. Read some sharing from the retreat evaluation below. Articles about the retreat can be found in the Mindfulness Bell & Buddhadharma.
Lunar New Year - Tết - of the Cat
The brothers and sisters of Deer Park warmly invite you to come and celebrate the Lunar New Year - Tết - with us.
North American Teaching Tour with Thich Nhat Hanh
During the months of August through October 2011 our teacher, Thay will lead retreats and offer public talks in Vancouver, Canada; Colorado, California and New York.
Theme for Dharma Talks at Deer Park this Spring
On Sunday, Day of Mindfulness, Dharma Teachers residing at Deer Park take turns to offer the teaching and practice of mindful living in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Thich Nhat Hanh in California September 2011
Calligraphic Meditation - the Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh
Moment by Moment - Nov 27-Feb 19 & online
This winter a group of Monastic Dharma Teachers here at Deer Park will offer a course based in the Buddhas Teaching on the Four Noble Truths and Noble Eightfold Path.
Intimate Conversations with Mother Earth
Here you can find the first part of Thay's letter. At the bottom of the page you can download the complete letter.
Spring at Deer Park Monastery
On Sunday February 19 we will end our annual Winter Retreat and close Deer Park for a while.
NEW FILM - Planting Seeds, The Power of Mindfulness Practice
Thich Nhat Hanh interview by Oprah Winfrey
“Super Soul Sunday” episode Oprah and Thich Nhat Hanh: Living Mindfully will premiere May 6 at 11am ET on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
New offerings at Deer Park on Sundays
Deer Park is blossoming this spring and we want to offer some more opportunities of play and practice.
A new wave of Children's Program
Registration is still open for our 6 Day Retreat in September
This 6 day retreat will give as an opportunity to come back to ourselves, renew and deepen our insight. We will practice as a spiritual family and there will be monastics joining us from Blue Cliff Monastery, NY and Magnolia Grove Monastery, MS.
Deer Park Monastery - an exploration
for our Open House this year a brother put together this inspiring slideshow
New funding opportunities from the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation
The Ten Gates - Online Course Winter 2012-2013
Deer Park Retreats 2013
Announcing a New Children's Blog
Announcing a new blog: Mindful Kids: resources for sharing mindfulness with children and a place to share ideas.
Announcing Wake Up
Announcing the Wake Up movement: resources for young Buddhists and non-Buddhists for a healthy and compassionate society.
New Year's Letter by Thay from Plum Village
Thay has written a letter addressed to all of his students about the Toadskin Hut, the hermit of Still Sitting Hut, walking meditation paths that have become legendary, and the new young Dharma Teachers in Plum Village.
2009 U.S. Teaching Tour with Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh in California - Sept 2009
join our teacher Thay and our community of monks, nuns, laymen & laywomen for retreats, public talks and days of mindfulness
Help Protect Deer Park
Fundraising benefit to preserve the wildlife habitat and wetlands bordering Deer Park Monastery and Daley Ranch.
Deer Park Ridge Preservation Project makes headlines!
Deer Park's Council Ridge coalition project with local environment groups get local attention.
Recently Updated Five Mindfulness Trainings
Mindfulness Bell magazine transformation (upgrade)
Urgent news about our monastic brothers and sisters in Vietnam
Dear Friends, this is a letter from sister Chan Khong written in Plum Village on December 15
Bat Nha: A Koan
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's response to the persecution of his students in Vietnam
Deer Park - Closed for overnight guests - Feb. 15 - March 26
Every year after the Winter Retreat the Monastery is closed for a couple of weeks. We hope that you will continue to nourish yourself, your family, friends and society with mindfulness, concentration and insight.
Celebrating 1,000 Years of Hanoi
In the year 1010, one thousand years ago, the first king of the Ly dynasty founded Thang Long, the city now known as Hanoi. The Ly dynasty has been described as “the most compassionate, peaceful and harmonious in the history of Vietnam” by the eminent historian Hoang Xuan Han. This, he wrote, was “thanks to the influence of Buddhism."
12 Proposals for the Millenium
Twelve points proposed by Thich Nhat Hanh to celebrate the 1,000-year anniversary of the founding of Thang Long, the ancient capital of Vietnam
Minfulness Bell Sangha DIRECTORY Needs Upgrading!
International Sangha Directory on the Mindfulness Bell website needs your input and insights about how to make it more effective and useful.
Deer Park TET Pilgrimage
The Deer Park Fourfold Sangha will visit local Southern California Temples to share the Lunar New Year greetings. All friends are invited to rendezvous with us.
Thich Nhat Hanh to Stream Live Dharma Talk
Made possible by the Plum Village International Online Monastery team.
On the Road With Thich Nhat Hanh
Upcoming film about Thay, his monastic students, and their tour of the US together this Fall, sharing their happiness, their practice, and their real 'behind-the-retreat' life of transformation and healing.
2011 Wake Up US Tour
Our society is overloaded with intolerance, discrimination, craving, anger and despair. Young people are subject to stress, anxiety and frustration and acute pressure to succeed in their studies, work and social life. Depression and addiction have become a daily reality.

 Each one of us has the power to understand why this has happened, and to transform the situation in our daily life. There is a different way to live, a different way to be: there is pain in life, but suffering is optional.
Teaching Tour with Thich Nhat Hanh in North America in 2013
registration in now available for the English Speaking Retreat at Deer Park: Fining our True Home, Oct 11-16
A Christmas Message from Thay
Christmas time is a time for the family, when family members return to their home. Wherever we may be, we try to find a way home to be with our family. It is like the Tết holiday in the Vietnamese culture. We decorate our house and find ways to make our home warm and cozy. We all yearn to have a home that is warm and loving; where we feel that we do not need to go anywhere, or to do or to pursue anything anymore. It is what we can call our ‘true home’. We all have this yearning, this deep desire to be in our true home.
Closure of Deer Park after Winter Retreat
The year at the Monastery ends with the closing ceremony of the Winter Retreat, this year on Sunday, February 17.
Deer Park in August and September
a number of monks and nuns from Deer Park will travel with Thay and our brothers and sisters from Plum Village, Blue Cliff and Magnolia Grove and therefore the events here at Deer Park will be limited
Deer Park Retreats in 2013-2014
The Community at Deer Park has met to come up with our retreat schedule for 2013-2014.