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Vesak Celebration Day

May 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join the monastery outdoors to celebrate the Buddha’s birthday, enlightenment, and passing away, with senior guest monk Luang Por Passano!

A day of celebration and a potluck meal.

Join us for a daylong celebration of the Buddha’s birthday, enlightenment, and passing away at Empty Cloud Monastery—with special senior guest monk Luang For Pasanno.

Come enjoy an organic potluck lunch (please bring something to share) and spend the day listening to the Dharma and engaging in the practice of noble community.

There is no entry fee for this daylong event. Donations are welcome to sustain the Dharma freely offered. Please park on the street.

Schedule of the Day

  • 10:00 – Arrive & Settle In
  • 10:15 – Welcome
  • 11:00 – Potluck Lunch
  • 1:00 – Dharma Talk
  • 2:00 – Walking Meditation
  • 3:30 – Q&A Discussion
  • 4:00 – Closing Remarks

For info on how to get to Empty Cloud from NYC via public transit, please see here: https://buddhistinsights.org/how-to-get-here-from-nyc/


To ensure the safety of all participants, we will be practicing social distancing during the event. Please wear a face mask at all times, and bring all the supplies you will need to comfortably practice outside, which may include a blanket, cushion, insect repellent, and bottled water, etc.

There will be also access to a portable restroom.


Ajahn Pasanno took ordination in Thailand in 1974 with Venerable Phra Khru Ñāṇasirivatana as preceptor. During his first year as a monk he was taken by his teacher to meet Ajahn Chah, with whom he asked to be allowed to stay and train. One of the early residents of Wat Pah Nanachat, Ajahn Pasanno became its abbot in his ninth year. During his incumbency, Wat Pah Nanachat developed considerably, both in physical size and reputation. Spending 24 years living in Thailand, Ajahn Pasanno became a well-known and highly respected monk and Dhamma teacher. He moved to California on New Year’s Eve of 1997 to share the abbotship of Abhayagiri with Ajahn Amaro. In 2010 Ajahn Amaro accepted an invitation to serve as abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England, leaving Ajahn Pasanno to serve as sole abbot of Abhayagiri for the next eight years. In spring of 2018, Ajahn Pasanno stepped back from the role of abbot, leaving the monastery for a year-long retreat abroad. After returning from his sabbatical, Ajahn Pasanno now serves as an anchor of wisdom and guidance for the community. The monastery is now under the active leadership of Ajahn Ñāṇiko, who Ajahn Pasanno requested to serve as abbot.


Empty Cloud
29 Ridgeway Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
West Orange, NJ 07052 US
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