Useful Things

May you have every good blessing.                                                 Updated 22 February 2017

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

For the Buddha's shrine

  • white or ivory taper candles
  • taper candles (beeswax or palm wax are very helpful!)
  • beeswax tea-light candles

Timely! For 2017 six week spring retreat

  • thermos 40 oz
  • propane cylindars, 20, 30 or 40 pound (example)
  • toilet paper
  • portable commode for kuti. example [free commodes offered here]
  • fire logs  example 
  • beeswax tea-light candles
  • tan replacement cover for 12'x20' canopy in laundry area, plus 25 pack of "bungee balls" (here and here)
  • "hypervent" mattress pads 6' x 39" (sold here) This provides ventilation under the sleeping mat for warmth and mildew resistance.
  • brooms (example)
  • electric dehumidifier (example, example)
  • bamboo reed garden fence role, 6'x16' (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.

Essential! For basic maintenance of new monastery grounds

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

Supplies & furnishings for new monastery

  • cork flooring for residential wing room, 350 square feet of flooring. (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)
  • adjustabel commode, for handicap access (example.  Free commodes are offered here).

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")
  • 1 to 10 instant cold packs for first aid kits (example here)
  • cough drops (example)
  • Arnicare (example) 
  • earbud headphones

Cleaning and household care:

  • tea tree oil
  • hydrogen peroxide 3% solution
  • kitchen tall trashbags
  • spray bottles
  • filters refill for air purifier (example, note: both filters parts are needed)

For the composting toilets:

*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