Dhammadharini Monastery

The Greatest Gift to the Sangha — Offering a Monastery for our Bhikkhunis

After 10 years of preparations, Dhammadharini Support Foundation has purchased monastery property for our Bhikkhuni Sangha to put down deep roots in this land.

❧ a space of refuge, sanctuary & practice for those inspired to fully live the monastic path,
❧ where aspirants can explore monastic life, learn, train & ordain,
❧ where lay friends of the Sangha can visit or stay for periods of immersion, sanctuary & service,
❧ accessible for Dhamma teaching & alms round, located at the western foot of Sonoma Mountain midway between the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento & Dhammadharini's forest hermitage on the Sonoma Coast. 

OUR GOAL: As sufficient funds are raised, to transform the property into a true monastery including lodgings, meditation garden area and spaces for gathering.

HELPFUL CONTRIBUTIONS: 

 financial donations for repairs & renovations, pledges of monthly support. Go to Donations Page. 

How Can I Participate?

Meditation & Dhamma Study

❧ Participate in monthly daylong retreats, Tuesday evening meditation group, and Wednesday afternoon sutta study group ...
 Attend evening puja, devotional chanting, and meditation daily ...
❧ Invite the monastics to speak to your group, school or organization ...
❧ Visit and speak individually with the monastics ...

Offerings & Invitations

❧ Offer a meal at the monastery and stay for Dhamma sharing after the meal ...
❧ Meet the monastics at their regular alms round in surrounding communities, and offer food for the day ...
❧ With family & friends, invite the monastics for a meal and Dhamma sharing at your home ...
❧ Offer needed supplies. 

Volunteering

❧ Sign up to offer monastic rides, shop for needed supplies, and many other creative ways you can be of help and support ...
❧ Help with repairing and renovating Dhammadharini's new Monastery
❧ Help with harvesting and caring for the Monastery's fruit trees.
❧ Help with developing the Monastery's 1.3 acre grounds into a meditation garden.

Visiting

There is space for one or two women to visit Dhammadharini Monastery overnight, or for a few days or longer. To explore the possibilities for a visit, write to dhammadharini.monastery@gmail.com, or complete our on-line application.  Here is a look at the  pattern of daily life at Dhammadharini Monastery.

Monastic Life Immersion

Stewardship & Nekkhamma are rich opportunities to live among dedicated monastic women, to practice metta in action, to engage more fully with the Buddha's teachings & to practice the Noble Eightfold Path. 

❧ Live together for two weeks to three months or longer with the Dhammadharini monastic sangha.
❧ An ideal opportunity for monastic life aspirants and for whoever appreciates and supports the revival of the Bhikkhuni Sangha in Theravada Buddhism.
❧ Experience monastic life immersion, with a daily schedule of meditation, chanting, study, discussion & mindful service.
❧ Train in the eight renunciate precepts as a lay steward or as a nekkhamma (temporary white-robed monastic form) or anagarika (white-robed postulant).  
❧ Be a part of the generosity of friends and donors from afar through your daily on-site offerings of donated foods and medicines.