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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.


Current Projects

Become an angel. Click on one of our current projects to donate directly to that cause.

Dhammadharini Monastery Mortgage

Pay down monastery mortgage, current balance: $333,000

Building Teacher's Kuti 

Build teacher's kuti at monastery or remodel/add on to monastery buildings, estimate: $50,000

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).

Alliance for Bhikkhunis

Supporting the wider Theravada Bhikkhuni Sangha both in Asia and in the West, Alliance for Bhikkhunis is an independent organization, not part of Dhammadharini.


Offering a Meal at the Monastery

Offering food to the monastic community provides an opportunity to visit and participate in the lifestyle of the monastery.
The monastic community must finish eating their main meal by noon. Plan to arrive by 10 AM. You are welcome to cook your food in the monastery kitchen or bring food you prepared ahead of time. When offering the meal at the monastery, the kitchen manager can help explain the protocol for offering food to the bhikkhunis.  If you are interested in offering a meal please check the online meal offering schedule or call the monastery.

General Requisites

As in the time of the Buddha, the monastery doesn’t grow or buy food and therefore is completely dependent on daily alms and donations of food. The Bhikkhunis walk alms round accepting food donations in Petaluma every Tuesday, and in Sebastopol on the 2nd and 4th Fridays. For the rest of the week, anagārikas and lay visitors prepare the daily meal from whatever food items have been given to the monastery.

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.

Special Medical Section: COVID-19 Coronavirus Care

Our monastery and hermitage care for the health of our monastic residents and resident visitors. These supplies will help us do so. Thank you for your support.

  • Liposomal Vitamin C, two (example)

  • Citicholine CDP Choline, two (exampleexample)

  • Red Sage (Salvia Miltiorrhiza) liquid extract, two (example)

  • Nattokinase (Natto or Natto-Serra), three (example or example)

  • Chameleon Heart Leaf (Houttuynia Cordata, Yu Xing Cao), three (example

  • L-Malic Acid (example)

  • Bay Laurel essential oil, three (example)

  • pulse oximeter, two (example)

  • face shields, five-pack (example) offered

  • paper towels (example)

  • Distilled Vinegar, 5 one-gallon bottles

SENASANA DANA: Monastic Lodgings Dana

  • Lodgings Dana: pledge ongoing monthly financial support for lodgings. Recurring donations in any amount will help to fully fund the monthly mortgage expense. Dhammadharini Support Foundation is $500 short of having all monthly lodging expenses offered by recurring donors, especially important at this time of pandemic to ensure the sustainability of the monastic community lodgings

  • Two 11,000 BTU direct vent propane heaters for hermitage kutis (exampleexample)

  • Gift certificates for Ace Hardware (sold here for Ace Hardware). These locally-owned stores in our area carry many useful supplies for maintenance, repairs and renovations. 

  • Six soft Asian style brooms, for hermitage kutis (example

  • Eco brooms, several needed for hermitage (non plastic: exampleexample). Offered - thank you!

  • Food grade hydrogen peroxide for cleaning  (example)

  • reed privacy fencing 6' tall x 60' to restore two structures at hermitage (example

  • pipe clamp set for woodworking (example) (examplepledged -- thank you!

  • coat hook hardware (exampleexample) and cup hooks (example)

  • 18’x30’ large event canopy (example) - we are hopeful we will have need of this again!

  • Outdoor folding chairs for large events (examples) - we are hopeful we will have need of these again!

CIVARA DANA  Monastic Robe-making and mending Supplies, Rain-gear and Warm-wear 

BESAJJA DANA  Monastic Medical/Medicine Dana

  • Monastic Medical Fund: donations to Dhammadharini Support Foundation's Monastic Medical Fund (here) - this fund is low and in need of replenishing - thank you!

  • Citicoline CDP Choline (exampleexample)

  • Nattokinase (Natto or Natto-Serra), three (example or example)

  • Crocodile natural insect repellent: 4 needed (example)

  • hand sanitizer: several (example)

  • natural antibacterial hand soap: several (example)

  • Probiotics (example, example)

  • Cold care, Sinus and Bronchial teas (exampleexample

  • Herbal teas: peppermint, licorice, ginseng (example)

  • regular black tea and coffee

  • Pickled and dried ginger (exampleexamplepledged -- thank you! 

  • Malt vinegar (example)

  • honey (local, raw if possible)

  • dark chocolate without added nuts or fruits  (these are allowable:  plain dark chocolate, dark chocolate w/ salt, dark chocolate w/ ginger, caramel or mint]

  • unsweetened soy milk, or other nut milk

  • protein powder

  • six pack soft cooler bag (example) and larger cooler bag (example), used for medical transport

AMISA DANA Monastic Food Dana & Items for the Monastery Kitchen 

Offered to the Bhikkhunis and maintained by lay friends of the monastic community:

  • Grocery Dana: make a one-time or monthly recurring donation to Dhammadharini Support Foundation for Grocery Dana here (you can choose a day of the month and your dedication). A network of volunteers local to and on-sight at the monastery and hermitage will shop for, prepare and offer your Meal Dana on your behalf, with dedication to you and your loved ones.

  • brown rice, black rice, millet

  • gluten free tamari

  • nut butters (peanut butter, etc...) natural: with just nuts and salt

  • nuts and seeds

  • tofu and tempeh

  • powdered milk or Nido™

  • greens (ex: kale, collard greens, chard, dandelion greens, bok choy, spinach....)  offered by Coyote Family Farms -- thank you!

  • durable root vegetables (ex. potato, turnip, carrot)

  • Set of cooking measuring spoons (example)

  • Two baking loaf pans (example)

  • "Bee's Wrap" reusable alternative to plastic wrap (available here) (another product)

  • extended storage produce bags (example)

*Before donating larger items, please email, phone or text us to discuss the specifications.


Check or Money Order

Donations by check or money order (U.S. funds only please) can be made payable to: Dhammadharini Support Foundation.


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.


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

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