A New Monastery & Retreat Center

Give a new home to Buddhist Insights

Help Buddhist Insights benefit even more people! We have the opportunity to acquire this magnificent stone building for our new monastery and retreat center. Located just outside of Newark, NJ, it is easily reachable by public transit from NYC and Philadelphia. Immersed in several acres of lightly forested parkland, it offers a peaceful refuge for resident monastics and will host meditation retreats for up to 60 people.


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-Over 2 acres of forested land, surrounded by a park
-18 Rooms
-Two Meditation Rooms
-Sleeping space for 50 people
-1 hour or less public transit from Manhattan
-Close to Pennsylvania and Connecticut
-30min from Newark Airport
-Quiet snd secluded grounds
-Space for Resident Monastic community and Retreatants
-Retreats by Donation (room&board included)
-Meditation, Tea Ceremony, and Yoga programs

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For the past three years, Buddhist Insights has offered over 100 free meditation retreats led by Buddhist monastics, at the Rockaway Summer House, its donation-based retreat center in New York City.
Now the lease of the retreat center is coming to an end – it’s time to move on, and we are happy to announce that we have found the ideal place in West Orange, NJ. It is a beautiful stone monastery on several acres of land, easily accessible by public transit from NYC in less than an hour and from Philadelphia in 90 minutes.
To make this possible, we will need to reach our target amount by August 15th, 2019. Please consider supporting as best you can, both through your own direct contributions and by sharing the word as widely as possible. If we all come together to support this goal, we can make this place a refuge for generations to come – a place where the teachings of the Buddha are readily accessible to all who seek awakening. May all beings be happy and secure!


We have reached the goal! So humbled by this incredible outpour of generosity! Big shout out to the hundreds of #Bodhisattvas left and right who have made it possible by donating from every part of the world. Rejoice in the merit of your actions! We are keeping this fundraiser going so more people have the chance to make merit and contribute to any expenses that might arise in the foreseeable future for this property!


Have any questions?  Please send us an email with what you have in mind. 


This monastery is located in West Orange, NJ, at 29 Ridgeway Ave. Built by the Schweinler family over a century ago, the property was modeled after a house in Saint Cloud, France. The family donated the house to the Catholic order of the Augustinian Recollects several decades ago and it’s been the home of their monastic community ever since.

West Orange, NJ, is easily reachable via public transit, either by bus or train from New York City and Newark. The town is close enough to major urban centers, but far enough to be peaceful. Newark airport is also easily reachable via car.

Please click on the photos below to see the property.