Useful Things

May you have every good blessing.                                        Updated March 31, 2020

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

Thank you very much to our local friends and distance supporters who are helping our monastery to survive through your offerings of food and essential supplies during this period of Coronavirus "Social Distancing" which is preventing our bhikkhuni teachings from offering regular outside teachings and going on almsround, as well as not allowing our regular monastery visitors and participants.

The Four Primary Requisites for Buddhist Monastics are Robes, Food, Medicines, and Lodgings

Special Medical: COVID-19 Coronavirus Prevention

  • Our monastery and hermitage care for the health of our monastic residents and visitors. These supplies will help us do so. Thank you for your support.
  • aloe vera gel (example)
  • 91% isopropyl alcohol (example, example)
  • witch hazel (examplepledged -- thank you!
  • sage oil: quantity 2 (example)
  • paper towels (examplepledged -- thank you!
  • non-latex gloves S, M, L (example)
  • masks: quantity 50-100 (example)
  • cinnamon and sage lozenges (examplepledged -- thank you!
  • zinc lozenges: quantity several (example, example)
  • red root: quantity 2 (example
  • licorice root tea (example)
  • cordyceps (example, example)

Monastic Lodgings

  • Ongoing monthly financial support for lodgings. Recurring donations in any amount will help to fully fund the monthly mortgage expense. Dhammadharini Support Foundation is $800 short of having all monthly lodging expenses offered by recurring donors, especially important at this time
  • Financial support for repair of monastery roof.  Shingles have reached their lifespan.  $5,000 needed to complete this project in 2020. Thank you for your donations! -- this project was funded and has been accomplished this winter
  • A high-capacity top loading washer. This is to replace an older washer that's approaching its lifespan.* [examplethank you! -- a washer has been offered and installed at the end of winter retreat
  • heavy-duty hanging clothespin bags (2) for hermitage (example)
  • Two 3-tier folding step stools, nice enough to be permanent furniture.  These are to give access to the newly installed fire-escape skylights in our loft sleeping areas.  [Purchase on-line example.  Or make in your home woodworking shop example example]
  • gift certificates for Ace Hardware (sold here for Ace Hardware). These locally-owned stores in our area carry many useful supplies for maintenance, repairs and renovations.
  • 18’x30’ large event canopy (example)
  • Outdoor folding chairs for large events (examples)
  • reed privacy fencing 6' tall x 60' to restore two structures at hermitage (example)

Dhamma Books

  • 5 copies of Mindfulness of Breathing: A Practice Guide and Translations. This is Bhikkhu Analayo's new book, which will be a focus during our upcoming winter retreat. (Available here) thank you! -- these books have been offered and were greatly supportive for our winter retreat

Monastic Robe Supplies and Monastic Warmwear

Monastic Medicines

Monastic Afternoon & Evening Tonics (Allowables)

  • cheese
  • honey
  • dark chocolate WITHOUT added nuts or fruits  [These are allowables:  dark chocolate, dark chocolate w/ salt, dark chocolate w/ ginger, caramel or mint]
  • unsweetened soy milk, almond milk or other nut milk
  • protein powder
  • Ginseng tea (example)
  • regular black tea and coffee
  • Herbal teas such as peppermint, chai spice or liquorice

Cleaning, sewing & household care:
  • six soft Asian style brooms, for hermitage kutis (example)

  • recycled cardboard matches for hermitage (example)

  • USB candle lighter (example, example)

  • natural fiber twine for hermitage (example)

Tools for making and repairing monastic lodgings and furnishings:
  • pipe clamp set for woodworking (example) (example)
  • coat hook hardware (exampleexample) and cup hooks (example)
  • replacement ceramic filters for hermitage water filtration ("Rio 2000" replacement 6-pack available hereoffered -- thank you!

Non-food items for Monastery Kitchen

Food Items for Monastery Kitchen (maintained by lay friends of the monastic community): 

  • brown rice, black rice, millet
  • gluten free tamari
  • nut butters (peanut butter, etc...) with just nuts and salt
  • nuts and seeds
  • tofu and tempeh
  • powdered milk or Nido™
  • greens (ex: kale, collard greens, chard, dandelion greens, bok choy, spinach ....)
  • durable root vegetables (ex. potato, turnip, carrot)

*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