BI Monastery and Retreat Center

UPDATE 08/09/2019: Only $19k are missing. More donations have trickled in across all platforms and we've now reached $180,246 (plus the $100k that we had already raised), so we are lowering the goal amount to reflect the offline offerings. Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu to all the donors!
UPDATE 08/02/2019: How marvelous that hundreds of people have come together to make the Dharma accessible to so many. In only one month people have donated $160,731 for the benefit of others, both online and offline. What an incredible display of generosity! Now we only have $39,269 left to fundraise to turn this dream into a reality and we are updating the GoFundMe and Facebook fundraisers goal settings. May everyone be happy and peaceful!
UPDATE 07/25/2019: Wonderful news! We've received many off-line donations that combined to GoFundMe and Facebook fundraiser amounts to $133,942 (in addition to the $100k that we had already raised). The goal amount of this fundraiser is lowered to reflect this wonderful result. Donate so that all beings may practice Dharma freely.


We have raised $100k and we only need $200k more to secure this beautiful monastery as the new home for Buddhist Insights.

For the past three years, Buddhist Insights  has offered over 100 free meditation retreats and countless talks and classes led by Buddhist monastics, at its donation-based retreat center in New York City.

As the lease of the current retreat center is coming to an end, we now have the opportunity to acquire this magnificent stone monastery and turn it into a new monastery and retreat center for Buddhist Insights! Located just outside of Newark, it is accessible by public transit from NYC in less than an hour. Immersed in several acres of lightly forested parkland, it offers a peaceful refuge which will house several residents and host sleepover retreats of up to 50 people.

To make this possible, we will need to reach our target amount by August 15th, 2019. This gives us the opportunity to cover the downpayment for the mortgage, which will be less than our current monthly rent. 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!
Buddhist Insights has been featured on the New York Times , Vogue, and many other national and local publications.

* Silent Retreats from monks and nuns of all Buddhist traditions 
* Day and Overnight Mindfulness programs
* Special Events featuring Tea ceremony and Yoga
* Sustainability programs
(All is offered without a price-tag (room & board included) and we operate thanks to free-will donations.)

The address of this beautiful monastery is:
29 Ridgeway Ave, West Orange - NJ

Less than 1 hour commute from:
- NYC locations, such as NY Penn Station
- Newark International Airport and Newark Penn Station
- many NJ and some NY areas 

Please direct all questions and comments to Debbie Steincolor [email redacted]

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Bank: Chase Bank
AC Name: Buddhist Insights Meditation Inc
AC Number: 883363553
Routing Number: 021000021

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Deb Steincolor 
Raised $920 from 9 donations
New York, NY
Buddhist Insights 
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Raised $415 from 8 donations
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