Deer Park attracts around 5000 students from dozens of countries each year to its plethora of nonacademic, experiential courses and workshops focussed on 'classical Indian wisdom'.
Ranging from two days to a month long, these include Buddhist and Indian philosophy, photography, writing, film-making, language learning (Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan and Chinese) and meditation retreats led by Buddhist masters. See online schedule. Very inexpensive on-site accommodation is available to registered participants.
The institute was founded by the lama Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, who also leads the Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute – and is a film director under the name Khyentse Norbu. There's accommodation for up to 100 people and a dining room serving vegetarian food.
Centred on a mini temple, Deer Park is a zero-waste campus and has its own organic garden. It works closely with the local Indian and Tibetan communities on educational, environmental and other programs.