Deer Park Monastery
Most Sundays, the Deer Park Monastery opens up its gates for visitors to explore the grounds and have a chance to participate in the day’s practices of “sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful eating, deep relaxation meditation, and sharing togetherness.” This 400-acre center for monastic training and mindfulness practice sits nestled in the chaparral mountains. The day’s program starts with a guided meditation walk which sets the peaceful tone. Afterwards, a Dharma Talk is held in the Meditation Hall followed by small group teachings or discussions and a silent lunch. There is a children’s program for those ages 6 to 12. Free, but donations encouraged.