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 April 2021: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the monastery is only offering in-person events outdoors. 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.

All Flavors of Buddhism

All forms of Buddhisms in one place: our retreats are led by monastics from each of the three traditions.

  • Theravada
  • Mahayana
  • Vajrayana
Meditation Practice

The Dharma Gates are endless. Practice vipassana and samadhi meditation techniques from different contemplative lineages.

Sutta Study

The Noble Eightfold path starts with Right View. Learn what the Buddha said by studying the teachings in his own words.


We offer several weekend retreats per month, and longer 7, 10, 14 and 30-day retreats to deepen your practice and study the Dhammā.


Empty Cloud is a Buddhist monastery located in the small town of West Orange, NJ. We are a place dedicated to spiritual self-development, personal and social transformation, and positive community engagement.

Located right outside of two major cities, NYC and Newark, we are easily reachable via public transit from both.

If you are interested in joining us for mindfulness days to learn meditation or to participate in retreat, we welcome you at Empty Cloud.

Support Our Monastery

How much does it cost?

There is no set fees to participate in any of our gatherings. Buddhist Insights is an organization that runs entirely on generosity. We are not funded by grants or other foundations, but only by individual free will donations.

Giving Back

Buddhist Insights is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 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. All monetary donations are tax-deductible.

See what we need on our Dāna for the Monastery Page


Recurring Donations


Buddhist Insights Meditation Inc.
29 Ridgeway Ave., West Orange, NJ

Empty Cloud
29 Ridgeway Ave.,
West Orange, NJ

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Come Practice With Us

Wednesdays: 6:00 pm

Tea with a Monastic
(Currently Postponed)

Saturdays: 6:00 pm

Meditation on the Front Lawn


Community Days
(Currently Postponed)

Buddhist Insights is a non-profit connecting people with monastics. We invite monks and nuns from various Buddhist traditions to teach meditation in NYC and NJ, and make monastic teachings more accessible to the general public.

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