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Ordination Gift to My Sister

On September 9th, 2018, my sister was ordained at Deer Park Monastery along with nine other new monastics. It was an unusual experience to...

[Canceled] Wake Up Retreat @ Deer Park Monastery

*This retreat has been canceled due to Deer Park closing*   More information early 2020 here: https://deerparkmonastery.org/join-a-retreat/#WU Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2524626787769783

Wake Up Retreat @ Deer Park Monastery

This special retreat is for young adults, ages 18-35 years old, at Deer Park Monastery, California. Participation in the daily retreat schedule is required.

North American Wake Up Care-Taking Council

Dear friends, On behalf of our current North American Wake Up Care-Taking Council (NAWUCTC), we would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and...

U.S. Tour 2017: Awakening Together

We are happy to announce that the monastics from our 3 monasteries in the U.S. and 15 of our monastic siblings from Plum Village...

Right Livelihood

By Jonathan Borella As 18-35 year olds, Right Livelihood is an especially important practice. We’re at a time when we are beginning careers, developing passions,...

Wake Up Retreat @ Deer Park Monastery

This special retreat is for young adults, ages 18-35 years old. During this retreat, we will practice mindfulness together as a community, including… ▪ Getting to know our restless mind and befriending ourselves ▪ Sitting, walking, and working meditation and mindful meals ▪ Singing practice songs, exercising, and hiking ▪ Practicing mindful speech and deep listening ▪ Enjoying silence and nature ▪ Discovering our aspiration in life

Practicing with Donald Trump

by Jonathan Borella I shouldn’t have stayed up to watch the election at Deer Park Monastery. It was my intention not to. Even when a...

Witnessing a Birth

Reflections on Forming the Wake Up Collectivity of Ambassadors By Nhu-Mai Nguyen and Elli Weisbaum It all started during a Wake Up Order of Interbeing (OI) Skype...

10,000 Steps, 10,000 Thank Yous.

Our teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, shares that with each step we take we can say, “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” This is a...

The Sangha Boat

An Interview with Brother Chan Phap Ho Brother Chan Phap Ho was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. At the age of twenty-nine, he left...

Journey to Discovering True Love

By Monastic Brother Phap Man My journey has a lot to do with love. When I was 10 years old, my parents were divorced. It...

I Have Arrived, I Am Home

Weikei, one of the facilitators from Wake Up Los Angeles, shares about his arrival at Deer Park Monastery for the Wake Up retreat. Deer Park’s...

I Love Jesus But I Follow Buddha

Azariah, who attended the Wake Up retreat at Deer Park Monastery last month, shares how a Q&A session with the monastics about transgender roles...

Letter to Thay on Diversity

By Anthuan Vuong Leading up to my Order of Interbeing ordination at the 2015 Wake Up Ambassador Retreat during the North American Tour at Deer...