Monastery History

main entryBodhi Monastery is a distinctive Buddhist monastery located in the rolling hills of Sussex County, New Jersey. Set on 188 acres of verdant woodlands and fields, amidst herds of deer, the monastery offers a fresh yet ancient perspective on the practice of Buddhism in today’s world. The origins of Bodhi Monastery lie in the comprehensive, non–sectarian vision of Master Yin–Shun, the foremost Chinese scholar–monk of modern times, whose work has inspired a Buddhist intellectual renaissance in Taiwan. In line with the vision of Master Yin–Shun, Bodhi Monastery aims to promote the study and practice of Buddhism as an integral whole rather than to focus on the teachings of a particular Buddhist sect or branch.

Bodhi Monastery aims to promote the study and practice of Buddhism as an integral whole, with special focus on the clear and direct teachings of ancient Pali Buddhism and their philosophical and ethical elaboration in the early Mahayana. The monastery thus represents a unique, spiritually enriching synthesis of these two major Buddhist traditions.

Daily Liturgy Services

Buddhist Liturgy Daily: 4:30-5 PM – Evening chanting liturgy is held seven days a week. This beautiful and elevating service held in classical Chinese style. First Saturday of the month: 10:40-11:10 AM – Devotional service (Circumambulation, chanting,...

Meditation Programs

Sitting and Walking Meditation The Sunday morning group meditation is guided by the resident monks, and meets from 9:00-10:00 am. Currently, we first sit for 30 minutes, walk for 15 minutes, and then sit again, leaving time for a short question and answer period at...

Daily Life Schedule

  Daily 4:30 – 5:00 pm Chanting Liturgy (Not open to public) 5:05 – 6:00 pm Sitting meditation (Not open to public) Scheduled Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:15 pm Majjhima Nikaya Sutta Study Class Saturdays 9:00 – 10:50 am English Dharma Talk 9:50 –...

Overview of Teaching in Monastery

From Master Yin Shun‘s perspective, “although the teachings are varied, all are interconnected. The different teachings start at different places, but each arrives at the others.” ( From The Way to Buddhahood by Ven. Yin-Shun, Wisdom Publications,...