Earth Holding Practice at Deer Park Monastery
Escondido, CA, USA
At Deer Park Monastery, monks, nuns, and lay practitioners practice and teach mindful living in the Plum Village tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. The practice of mindfulness and the insight of interbeing are core to our actions. Our tradition’s teachings are ecologically founded as they rely on the interconnectedness and interrelationship of all things.
When Thay addressed UNESCO in 2006 he called on all the world’s residents to “wake up” to the dangers of global warming and take action to stop it. To demonstrate this message the monks and nuns at Deer Park have taken significant actions to respond to the ecological threat of global climate change.
The residents at Deer Park Monastery have implemented a visionary environmental plan to reduce their collective greenhouse gas emissions. As part of their environmental initiative, residents and visitors to Deer Park Monastery adhere to joyful lifestyle choices that minimize environmental impact through community living, including minimizing the environmental impact of meeting our needs for transportation, electric, water, and food. You can see a complete list of practices here.