Making the Great Vow
As the Blue Moon rises over Deer Park we mindfully prepare the ground to be the main host of this year's Đại Giới Đàn, or International Great Precepts Transmission Ceremony: the solemn moment when a novice makes the great vow to take on the full precepts of a bhikshu or bhikshuni. Learn more about the path of a novice in A Portrait of Novice Life in Solidity Hamlet.
We love and appreciate when you can visit Deer Park Monastery in person. If you are nearby, please join us for a Day of Mindfulness on August 29th or September 5th. For a longer stay, we have begun opening up registration for the annual Rains Retreat. Right now you can register with the intention to remain for the full 90-days. Coming soon we will open for weekend, one week, or multi-week stays.
Enjoy as well this Dharma talk from the recent Summer Retreat where Sister Kinh Nghiem explores establishing and sustaining our connection.
With trust and respect,
The Monks and Nuns of Deer Park Monastery
In an interview with the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, Deer Park Monastery’s Brother Freedom (Brother Ngo Khong) shared his hopes and aspirations for the upcoming Happiness is the Way: Road Retreat.
Day of Mindfulness
Deer Park Monastery is offering in-person Days of Mindfulness on Sunday, August 29th and Sunday, September 5th. Advance registration is required.
We begin at 9am with walking meditation followed by a dharma talk with Brother Phap Nhi and Dharma Sharing. The dharma talk is offered in Vietnamese with English translation.
We begin at 9am with walking meditation followed by a dharma talk (Pháp Thoại) with Brother Phap Dung and then the Ceremony. The dharma talk is offered in English with Vietnamese translation.
Sister Kinh Nghiem offers the third dharma talk from the recent Summer Retreat on the theme Be a Refuge: Sacred Rain to Sustain our True Home. This is a newsletter exclusive.
Monastery Life and the Rains Retreat
In anticipation of the upcoming Đại Giới Đàn, or Great Precepts Transmission Ceremony, taking place at Deer Park on October 1st-4th we offer this snapshot, taken from our The Day I Turn Twenty book, of a few novice brothers who are eligible to receive full ordination as bhikshus.
The Opening Ceremony for the Rains Retreat will be held during the Sunday, October 17, 2021. The Closing Ceremony will be held during the Sunday, January 16, 2022. The community is offering weekend, one week, and two week stays during the 90-Day retreat for those wishing to visit for a shorter period.