Useful Things

May you have every good blessing.                                        Updated 11 August 2017

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

 Books for Dhammadharini's library

  • The Dhammapada, John Ross Carter & Mahinda Palihawadana, translators. There are two editions of the Dhammapada from these translators.  We are seeking the academic version which is the only source for English translation of the Pali word commentaries. ISBN-13: 978-0195041620.  ISBN-10: 0195041623 (example)

Supplies & furnishings for new monastery and for hermitage

  • waterproof hand-crank flashlight/s (@hermitage)
  • 6 swing bar door guards, so that monastery's vented sidelight patio doors can safely be left open for ventilation.  (example)
  • cork flooring for residential wing room, 350 square feet of flooring (@monastery) (example)
  • room dividers (@monastery) (contact monastery for type needed)
  • 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 maintenance, repairs and renovations.

For meditation space and teaching

  • beeswax taper and tealight candles
  • white, unscented taper candles

For transportation

  • A bike lock, to go with the monastery's donated bicycle
  • 16 ride punch passes for Mendocino Transit - $17 each - these can be purchased at:

Medicines & personal monastic requisites:

  • quick-dry cotton hand towels (monastic color, not large bath towels, example)
  • refill cartridges for Mach 3 razors (example) -or- Harry's below
  • Harry's bargain razor refill online plan (example, order "one day per week or less" "blades only")
  • "hypervent" mattress pads 6' x 39" (sold here) This provides ventilation under the sleeping mat for warmth and mildew resistance.
  • natural deodorants without aluminum 
  • natural toothpaste

Cleaning and household care:

  • eco-safe bio-degradable liquid laundry detergent (@hermitage)
  • "free and clear" unscented liquid laundry detergent for monastery
  • oxyclean
  • gallons of distilled white vinegar 
  • hydrogen peroxide solution - at least 6 bottles
  • facial tissues (i.e., Kleenex)
  • toilet paper  !!!


  • 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 nut milk
  • protein powder
  • coconut oil
  • ground coffee
  • jasmine tea

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
  • 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