Supporting Our Bhikkhuni Sangha

Support for our bhikkhunis comes from you, dear friends, ​in conjunction​ with ​our​ Dhammadharini support foundation.

In places where the Sangha gathers together, it is an important time of communion and community building and strengthening together. It is a time that provides opportunity for study and practice of Dhamma and Vinaya. 

For new bhikkhunis and those in training, it is only when a bhikkhuni sangha is gathered together that there is the opportunity to train first hand in all of the rights and responsibilities of full Sangha functions. These practices and this knowledge and fluency is what unites smaller sanghas with the greater international Sangha. 

These strengthen and support the monastic community and Buddhism as a whole, fulfilling the vision of the Buddha for the long term of the Sasana (sharing of the Dhamma) that he set in motion and established. Gathering and practicing together so puts down and deepens roots for Buddhism in America.

It is our honor to be able to take part in this. Traditionally Buddhists have thought it to be a great merit to be able to have the opportunity to offer such support. One of our elder bhikkhu mentors, Bhante Seelawimala, translates "merit" (Pali: puñña, Thai: boon), as "positive energy". The positive energies of generosity and virtue are essential elements in the foundation of the gradual and progressive Path of Practice as taught by the Buddha. Having such a healthy, wholesome and positive foundation allows our practice of meditation and insight base to further stabilize and develop. This allows for liberating breakthroughs of wisdom to happen, rather than the breakdowns that can occur when the human mind/heart opens without the integrity of such a context and network of wholesome and positive energy, that is puñña in the supportive network of sangha.

Supporting the Sangha during Vassa:  the Monastic Rains Retreat

Since ancient times, Vassa is a time when Buddhist monastics undertake a three-month period of stability, stopping most outside travels, and deepening their practice and communal life, This year's Vassa is from the full moon on July 8 until the full moon on October 5. 

Longtime friends of our community Mahin & Sepali together with their daughters--the whole Gunasekera Family--will be the lead supporters of our Dhammadharini monastic community's Vassa observance, and they have pledged to offer the Kathina cloth upon the completion of the Vassa. Doing so is a beautiful tradition from the time of the Buddha until now in the Theravada Buddhist cultures of South & Southeast Asia and around the world. The Gunasekera Family warmly invites you to join them in supporting and contributing to the Vassa.

Offering the Four Requisites

If you would like to join together in supporting our monastics' Vassa this year, there are these ways you can contribute from both near and far:

lodging requisite 

Join in supporting lodging expenses at the monastery and hermitage {make a one time or recurring monthly donation}
Thank you and anumodana to those who have already pledged to offer monthly monastery lodgings dana.  

food requisite 

Come to the monastery or hermitage to offer a meal dana {one time during the Vassa, or regularly}.  
Come to offer food at the regular pindapat alms round in Petaluma, Sebastopol, and Santa Rosa.

From afar, sponsor one or more day's meal dana each month for the monastic community at the hermitage {contact Dana coordinator Lal}.  Thank you and anumodana to those who have already pledged monthly grocery dana.

medicines requisite 

Offer needed medicines & supplies in person or via web order {email hermitage or monasteryuseful things list online here}

robes requisite

Offer robes and warm wear for Kathina on Oct 29th. After the Kathina robe is offered, needed robes and winter warm wear may be offered as part of the Kathina Robe Season from Oct 29th thru Jan 31st.