Buddhist Insights Meditation and Retreat Center in NYC

For: Buddhist Insights
New York, NY
Organizer: Buddhist Insights
$12,263
of $25,000 goal.
Raised by 131 donors
49% Complete
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UPDATE (12/14/2016): 

The retreat center is now up and running but we still need your help to finish some construction, buy appliances and be able to pay the rent while offering free meditation programming.

In December we opened the doors of the Rockaway Summer House to the local community and hosted our first weekend retreat. In a few weeks we'll start our year-end weeklong retreat and in 2017 we have a packed schedule featuring 3 retreats in January. Help us to do more!

We are also very happy to have received press from mainstream media outlets like Lion's Roar, The New York Magazine and CBS.

Please keep in mind that all donations are tax deductible and we'll send a receipt to all donors in early 2017. Thank you for your kindness!

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UPDATE (10/05/2016): 

We have now found a location where we can provide regular meditation retreats, and also host visiting monastics: the wonderful house in the photo above, which is located in a quiet neighborhood in Rockaway, two blocks from the subway station.

The house comes with a HUGE backyard that will be used to grow organic vegetables for retreatants, as well as provide outdoor programming to the public.

In order to provide free retreats and to adjust the interior to better suit our needs, we need sufficient capital. Every little bit helps, so please donate as much as you can.  

Buddhist Insights is a 501c-3 non-profit organization. If you would like your donation to be tax deductible, please email us at [email protected]

May you be well, happy and peaceful.


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Help Buddhist Insights find a home in Rockaway Beach, NYC!

Buddhist Insights is a non-profit organization connecting people in NYC with monks and nuns of different Buddhist traditions.

Since we started in January 2016 we have offered FREE meditation classes, retreats, cultural events, and mentorship programs led by Buddhist monastics, who we regularly fly into the city for extended teaching engagements. Our monastics bring the Dhamma everywhere: from yoga studios to museums, all the way to the streets and the subways of the city. 

Up until now, we have been relying on the generosity of NYC residents to accommodate visiting monastics in their own homes. We have also been renting out event spaces from other organizations to provide retreats. Currently we are looking to acquire our own location where we can both host visiting monastics and also provide regular daylong and weekend retreats.

Our search has revealed a very promising opportunity to cover both requirements in a single venue, in Rockaway Beach. In order for this to be possible, we need sufficient initial capital to secure the location for a minimum of 6 months, and to adjust the interior to better suit our needs.

Every little bit helps, so please donate as much as you can. You can also help by sharing this campaign via social media or forwarding a link to those you know who would be interested. 

Buddhist Insights is a 501c-3 organization. If you’d like for your donation to be tax deductible, please email us at [email protected]

May you be well, happy and peaceful.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 15, 2016

Posted on December 15, 2016

The retreat center is open. Please support free programming at the Rockaway Summer House

Posted on November 6, 2016

Posted on November 6, 2016

The center will be launching next month: please support our fundraiser so we can offer meditation programming without a price-tag to the people in New York. 

Posted on October 4, 2016

Posted on October 4, 2016

We have found the location! Please help us reach the goal.

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