A few weeks ago I came to a Buddhist temple called Deer Park Monastery , nestled in a mountain in the beautiful San Diego. Deer Park Monastery is a mindfulness practice center and monastic training center founded by the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, author, and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh.
The environment is fantastic, peaceful and relaxing. Deer park Monastery is a peaceful, inclusive, and beautiful place that welcomes people of all practices, beliefs, cultures, political views. Sundays are Days of Mindfulness. People come from all over San Diego, LA to practice. Days of mindfulness usually start with a walking meditation at 9am. This is not about rushing and accomplishing anything except being present with yourself and with your breath.
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist, revered throughout the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.
I’ve spent almost all Sunday there and haven’t even noticed how time passed. I’ve done a walking meditation to the top of the mountain there’s an incredible view on a whole valley and there the Buddha Monument is located. Especially in the early morning when you come there, the reward is the totally peaceful sight and sound, along with the beautiful sunrise from up high above. I’d love to come back to this place again.