Useful Things

May you have every good blessing.                                                 Updated 21 June 2017

With deep appreciation ... the items here are useful to our sangha, both at the Dhammadharini Monastery and at Aranya Bodhi Hermitage.

Essential! For basic maintenance of new monastery grounds

Donation or regular loan of a riding mower.  Caring for our 1.3 acre yard, needs heavy duty contractor level equipment. The monastery now has only one 30" mower and two string trimmers in good working order.    

Books for Dhammadharini's library

  • The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha (Oxford's World Classics), John Ross Carter & Mahinda Palihawadana, translators. Available from Amazon & many sellers.  This book is the only source for English translation of the Pali word commentaries!
  • Collected Bodhi Leaves, Vol I, II, III, IV, V.  Available from Pariyatti

Supplies & furnishings for new monastery and for hermitage

  • cork flooring for residential wing room, 350 square feet of flooring. (example)
  • faucet for bowl washing sink  that has a high profile on the faucet  (example)
  • skylight shades for meditation hall (example
  • room dividers (contact monastery for type needed)
  • color and black ink cartridges for HP WF2540 printer/copier. color and black There are many options that will fit this printer. butcherblock counter for kitchen, 1.5" x 25" x 8' (example)
  • gift certificates for True Value Hardware or Ace Hardware (sold here for True Value and here for Ace Hardware). These locally-owned stores in our area carry many useful supplies for hermitage maintenance, repairs and renovations.

For meditation space and teaching

  • white, unscented taper candles, beeswax taper and tealight candles
  • several packs of 9 volt batteries (for microphone in meditation hall)

For transportation

  • 16 ride punch passes for Mendocino Transit - $17 each - these can be purchased at:

Medicines & personal monastic requisites:

  • refill cartridges for Mach 3 razors (example) or
  • Harry's bargain razor refill online plan (example, order "one day per week or less" "blades only")
  • cough drops (example)
  • "hypervent" mattress pads 6' x 39" (sold here) This provides ventilation under the sleeping mat for warmth and mildew resistance.

Cleaning and household care:

  • filters refill for air purifier (example, note: both filters parts are needed)
  • electric dehumidifier (exampleexample)


  • cheese
  • pickled ginger
  • dark chocolate WITHOUT added nuts or fruits - OK - dark chocolate, dark chocolate w/ salt, dark chocolate w/ ginger or mint.
*Before donating larger items, please email us to discuss the specifications.

To contact Dhammadharini: 
Email:, phone: 707-583-9522 or 9523
Shipping Address:  Dhammadharini, 6791 Sturtevant Drive, Penngrove, CA 94951