Monastery & Retreat Center

A Buddhist monastery just outside NYC.

“Innovative Dharma teachings with ancient ideals.”

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To register for retreats, meditation classes, workshops and more.


Update May 2022: The monastery is now open and hosting indoor and outdoor events. Click here to see our calendar. Additionally, there are opportunities to spend two weeks or longer as a resident. Click here for more info.

If you would like to offer a meal to support the monastic community during this time, please click here or email for more information.

In the meantime, please join us on YouTube LIVE for online Dharma and sign up for our newsletter to receive updates.

Sutta Study
The Noble Eightfold path starts with Right View. Learn what the Buddha said by studying the teachings in his own words. Currently we offer Sutta Study programs through our weekly livestreams.

Dedicated lay practitioners who wish to join the monastery’s daily schedule of chanting, meditation, and study may request to live in the monastery as a guest for a designated period of time — anywhere from several days to several weeks. 

We regularly offer outdoor daylong meditation events at the monastery on weekends. Additionally, lay guests staying at the monastery have the opportunity to join our in-house monastic retreats.

Lunar Observance
In Buddhist tradition, every full moon and new moon is a Lunar Observance Day (Uposatha) – a day when laypeople come to the monastery to practice generosity, renunciation, and meditation. Join us for our Uposatha days every other week.

Monastery Meals One of the easiest ways to be involved with the monastery is to offer lunch to the monastic community, by bringing food to share with the residents. You can sign up here.

Come Practice With Us

Saturdays: 6:00 pm

Meditation on the Lawn (Will resume in July)

Sundays: 8:00 am

Volunteer and Meet the Community

Learn the Dhamma Online


Empty Cloud is an international Buddhist Monastery based in West Orange, NJ.

We are a gender inclusive community of Bhikkhus and Bhikkhunis following the early teachings of the Buddha. While our practice is rooted in the Theravada tradition following the Pāli Vinaya, we welcome ordained monastics of all lineages and sects of Buddhism.

Everyone is welcome at Empty Cloud. The monastic community is supported entirely on free-will donations and there are no fees to participate in anything offered by the monastery. 

Click here to read about our founders

Support Our Monastery


Buddhist monastics rely entirely on generosity for their daily needs. If you would like to offer a meal, there are different ways to do so.

  • Almsround
    You can meet the monks on almsround on Saturday at Montclair Farmers Market (starting again in July 2022). Feel free to approach the monks with your offerings and place them in the bowl. You are also welcome to invite them to stop by your home to receive food as they walk on their way to the market. 
  • Meal Offerings – In Person & from Afar
    On any day you can bring your food offerings directly to Empty Cloud at 10am, or you can send a food delivery to the monastery. You can arrange to do this through our Dāna coordinator by emailing To keep the number of people at the monastery under control, while avoiding food waste, please make sure to check the calendar and select a date that is available before emailing our Dāna Coordinator.
  • Wishlist
    If you would like to offer items can check on the Amazon Wishlist or on our Dāna List at the end of this page.
See what we need on our Dāna for the Monastery Page
Giving Back
How much does it cost?

There are no set fees to participate in any of our gatherings. Empty Cloud runs entirely on generosity and the finances are handled by Buddhist Insights, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All monetary donations are tax-deductible. Buddhist Insights is not funded by grants or other foundations, but only by individual free will donations. If you wish for our programs to continue to flourish and would like to donate to the organization you can do so via the methods outlined below.



Recurring Donations


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29 Ridgeway Ave., West Orange, NJ

Empty Cloud
29 Ridgeway Ave.,
West Orange, NJ

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