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May the Road Rise With You

Dear Beloved Community,

On 25th September, our Deer Park Monastery in California held a memorial service to remember and celebrate the life of our dearly beloved Brother Phap De (“Young Brother”), who passed away peacefully on August 4, 2016, at the age of 81.


Brother Phap De had been in ill health for a few months, and passed away surrounded by the love and chanting of his monastic brothers and sisters and close family.

Memories of his beautiful smile and loving presence continue to keep us company. We even hear his voice echoing through our monasteries and hearts saying to us:
May the road rise with you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again
May love hold you in the hollow of her hand
If you would like to learn more about our beloved brother and friend, please enjoy reading last year’s “Meet the Monastics” interview with Brother Phap De.
You may also like to read his inspiring reflections on “A Day in the Life of a Catholic Zen Monk,” or his beautiful teaching on Advent, the Mystics and Mother Earth, given at Deer Park Monastery in December 2011.

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  • Young brother was very kind to me…


    At the gate of kindness,
    a smile appears.

    To respect all life
    and be of service,
    I will sustain
    the following intentions:

    May I be awake,
    sensing clearly what is given,
    here and now.

    Into all these relations…
    may I bring
    the energy of loving kindness.

    The wish to be happy,
    free from suffering
    is universal…
    may I understand
    what is present for others…
    and never forget…
    this moment is infinite.

    Smiling, at ease,
    my heart is lifted
    as gratitude quiets fear.

  • Brother Phap De was very special to me, his presence and guidance was deeply felt and appreciated. Phap De’s spirit still lives strong within the Deer Park community and in my heart.

  • Rest in peace, thay Phap De. I will miss you, your Chi Gong guidance, and your beautiful voice singing Amazing Grace on early mornings at Deer Park for us. Although it was short, but it is wonderful to have a retreat with you.

  • Many of day me and Brother Phap De would be in the Kitchen together at Dear Park. I would make Coffee and he would give me insight about the bridge between Jesus and Buddha. I will miss him Roller skating. I know nothing is permanent. Parts of Brother Phap De continue in me and much like him Jesus and Buddha.

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