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According to the Buddha’s teachings, the sharing of the Dhamma
is freely offered. The monastic community cares for the spiritual
needs of the lay community.
Since monastics cannot handle money and can only eat or drink
that which is offered to them, they are totally dependent on the lay community for their physical support. From the time of the Buddha, support forthe monastic life has been provided entirely by lay supporters through daily acts of generosity.
Click the button to make a tax deductible* donation to our daily care.
For the non-monastic community in the West, it is important to understand how the monastic community lives day to day. In a Buddhist country such as Thailand, the monastics are seen each morning, walking through the villages, receiving offerings of food for their daily meals. The lay community in Buddhist cultures fully realizes the dependence of the monastics on them for physical needs such as food, clothing, and toiletries–things we take for granted. Because of their vows of renunciation, the bhikkhunis cannot buy these basic necessities for themselves. Through the help of generous lay people, they are able to continue their lives as monastics and spiritual seekers. This commitment to support the bhikkhunis creates a rewarding relationship, and the spiritual friendship that develops is a beautiful and precious gift.
Today this generous support in offering food, medical needs and providing and maintaining the monastery continues to enable the monastic community to survive and prosper. Dhammadharini Support Foundation is the non-profit formed to provide the means for supporting the DD monastics’ requisites of food, shelter, clothing, and medical care, and donations are tax-deductible. Scroll down to General Requisites to see a list of currently-needed provisions if you would like to donate in kind.
*Dhammadharini is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the State of California with Federal church status. Your financial and in-kind donations may be tax deductible.
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Bhikkhuni Vibhanga Project
Bhikkhuni Vibhanga Project — Supporting an international team led by Ayya Tathaloka to create a new translation of the Bhikkhuni Vibhanga (the analysis of the bhikkhunis' monastic precepts).
Offering a Meal at the Monastery
Offering food to the monastic community provides an opportunity to visit the monastery.
The monastic community must finish eating their main meal by noon. If you wish to offer a freshly-prepared meal, please plan to arrive by 10 AM. When offering the meal at the monastery, the kitchen manager can help explain the protocol for offering food to the bhikkhunis, as well as our COVID safety protocols. If you are interested in offering a meal please check the online meal-offering schedule or call/email the monastery.
Pali: Parikara, Sinhala: Pirikara, Thai: Borikan
It is traditional in Theravada Buddhism for lay supporters of the monastics = Bhikkhu/ni Sangha to regularly and faithfully offer the basic requisites of life - soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, etc. - to the monastic community.
Please see the Useful Things List. Thank you!
Thank you very much to our local friends and distance supporters who are helping our monastery to survive through your offerings of food and essential supplies during this period of Coronavirus "Social Distancing" which is preventing our bhikkhuni teachings from offering regular outside teachings and going on almsround, as well as not allowing our regular monastery visitors and participants.
Please call the monastery prior to donating food items to inquire about which specific things are currently needed.
Kitchen needs change frequently and this is particularly the case with fresh food.
Check or Money Order
Donations by check or money order (U.S. funds only please) can be made payable to:
Dhammadharini Support Foundation
6791 Sturtevant Drive
Penngrove, CA 94951
Ways to Donate
Donations can be made to the monastery by credit card, debit card, or check.
Secure online donations can be made via Dhammadharini Support Foundation through Network for Good. The Network for Good donations can only be made by USA residents.
For international donors, we are able to receive donations by Xoom; please contact us for the necessary details.
Here s/he rejoices, there s/he rejoices –
the doer of beneficent deeds rejoices in both places,
finding joy, inspiration and great gladness
in seeing the fulfillment of their pure intentions and deeds.
— the Buddha, Dhammapada 16