Useful Things

May you have every good blessing.                                        Updated July 13, 2018

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

ideas to offer something to Ayya Tathaloka for her 30-year Anniversary in monastic life

Supplies & furnishings for new monastery and for hermitage

  • room dividers (@monastery) (contact monastery for type needed)
  • 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 maintenance, repairs and renovations.

Furnishings through IKEA gift registry

Thank you & anumodana!  Several donors joined in to order the parts to assemble two storage cabinets for the Monastery, and basic mattresses for the accessible guest kuti at the Hermitage & lay steward's room at Monastery.   

For meditation spaces

  • beeswax taper candles or tealight candles
  • white, unscented taper candles (we have enough tealight candles)

For transportation

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

For the office

  • Dry Erase markers for white boards
  • Box of 100 file folders like this
  • Black and Color ink cartridges for Epson WF 2540 (like this)

Medicines, safety & personal monastic requisites:

  • activated charcoal filters for Mega Home distiller (example)

Cleaning, sewing & household care:

  • Rit color remover (2 oz. or 1 lb.)
  • unbleached paper towels (@hermitage) (example)
  • gallons of distilled white vinegar
  • replacement battery for Shark light weight sweeper Euro-Pro X1725QN. (order online here)
  • 4  Shower squeegees (example)
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloths example one color

Tools & supplies to maintain our buildings:

  • replacement blade for Stanley Surform pocket planer, Part # 21-398 (example)
  • Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty, 1 lb. (example)
  • five gallons of wood deck stain in the TWP 1500 series / color 1502 Redwood.  Can be picked up locally from Kelly Moore Paints
  • Shur-line 3.5 in x 9 in tear resistant stain pad.  This product matches the line of supplies we are using on our decks. (example)


  • cheese
  • pickled ginger
  • dark chocolate WITHOUT added nuts or fruits  [These are allowables:  dark chocolate, dark chocolate w/ salt, dark chocolate w/ ginger or mint]
  • unsweetened soy milk
  • unsweetened nut milk
  • protein powder
  • ground coffee
  • Herbal teas such as peppermint, chai spice or liquorice

Food Items: 

  • rice cakes (plain brown rice or wild rice)
  • millet
  • quinoa
  • peanut butter with just salt and peanuts
  • nut butters with just nuts and salt
  • nuts and seeds
  • tofu and tempeh
  • unsweetened soy milk and almond milk
  • powdered milk or Nido™
  • greens (ex: kale, collard greens, chard, dandelion greens, bok choy, spinach ....)

*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