Useful Things for Kathina

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

May you have every good blessing. 

Monastery furnishings through IKEA gift registry

Our Kathina gift registry lists all the parts that will add up to two storage cabinets for the Monastery residential wing, curtain hardware for privacy in residential areas, and a comfortable mattress for the accessible guest kuti at the Hermitage.  Welcome to contribute just one part or as many as you wish.   

Buy In-store

You can purchase registry items in any IKEA store. To get the registry list, simply visit one of the IKEA Gift Registry kiosks in-store, (It is listed with IKEA as a new home registry for a person named "Dhammadharini Sangha".) Or prior to your visit print out the list from the registry website (Dhammadharini Sangha's New Home Registry). When ready to purchase a product, simply present the gift registry print out to the cashier at checkout. The cashier will scan the registry barcode at the register.

Buy Online from

You can simply go to Dhammadharini Sangha's New Home Registry and buy a registry item online. When checking out online, be sure to add the registry number into the shopping cart in the IKEA FAMILY card/Gift Registry number field. Note that not all registry items may be available for sale online.

Sponsoring Repairs & Maintenance

  • Repair of Springbar canvass tent, estimated at $180-$210 through Kirkham's Outdoor Products
  • Fire breaks at Hermitage, one day of labor for a skilled logger and assistant costs $560.
  • Repair Monastery exterior siding,  $4,000 needed to meet a $10,000 goal.
Supplies & furnishings
  • 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
  • 14" or 16" heavy duty rolling plant caddy, for Bodhi tree (example)

For transportation

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

Medicines, safety & personal monastic requisites:

  • Tegaderm™ dressing for minor burns and wounds (4" x 4.75" and 2.75" x 2.375")
  • four loud signal horns for fire alarm (example)
  • quick-dry cotton hand towels (monastic color, not large bath towelsexample)
  • 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. 
  • tick removers (exampleexample)

Cleaning, sewing & household care:

  • Singer rolled hem foot (example)
  • Singer edge joining/stitch-in-the-ditch foot (exampleexample)
  • dark brown yarn for darning socks.
  • N-95 respirator masks
  • eco-safe bio-degradable liquid laundry detergent (@hermitage)
  • "free and clear" unscented liquid laundry detergent  (@monastery)
  • Oxyclean (laundry aid and stain remover)
  • hydrogen peroxide solution 
  • facial tissues (i.e., Kleenex)
  • toilet paper

Tools & supplies to maintain our buildings:

  • two durable hose nozzles (example)
  • 5/8 inch garden hose washers (example)
  • 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 inch "tear resistant stain pad."  This product matches the line of supplies we are using to stain our decks. (example)
  • replacement filter candles for drinking water filter at hermitage (RIO 2000 replacement 6-pack, available here)


  • 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
  • soymilk (aseptic box, needs no refrigeration)
  • unsweetened nut milk (aseptic box, needs no refrigeration)
  • coconut oil
  • ground coffee
  • Instant coffee

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 (aseptic box, needs no refidgeration)
  • powdered milk or Nido™

*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

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