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Mindful Living and Sustainable Building

 In the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

Deer Park Monastery is a Zen Practice Center located in the high
chaparral mountains above Escondido, California.



Dear Community,

Welcome to the Deer Park Nunnery Project Blog! This site is being offered by lay practitioners in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We are supporting and following the construction of environmentally-friendly building at Deer Park Monastery.

Four straw bale buildings will be raised to house the monastic sisters and provide living quarters for Thich Nhat Hanh when he visits the monastery.

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 $99,000 of this amount is in no-interest loans.

A History of Caring for the Earth

Respect for the earth is a basic practice in the Deer Park Community. This project joins a long list of environmental initiatives in place at the practice center including:

Solar Power: Solar panels have been providing as much as 90% of our electricity needs for the past several years. These panels will provide the energy needed in the new buildings as well as continue to power the older structures.

Composting and Recycling: Residents and visitors take part in extensive composting and recycling activities as part of every day practice. Visitors, including children, are taught composting methods and are actively engaged in processing used materials during long retreats.

Car Free Days: Every Tuesday is a car free day at Deer Park. No one uses gasoline powered cars to leave the practice center unless there is an emergency.