Making a donation in support of our Bhikkhuni Sangha


If you would like to make a donation in support of the Dhammadharini Bhikkhuni Sangha, there are several ways you can go about it:

  • in person
  • postal mail
  • bill pay
  • wire transfer
  • secure online donation
  • recurring donations
You can make a dedication when you make your donation, such as for a dear departed loved one, or any other dedication you wish.

You can designate your donation for any purpose you wish, such as one of our major projects, a gift to pay for a specific item, or “whatever is most needed.” Your donation can be designated for requisites to be used for an individual monastic, such as “shoes for Ven. X.”
In addition to direct financial donations, the New Monastery/Vihara fund can be supported by way of personal loans or pledges of future support. [link]

Dhammadharini projects worthy of your support

Here are some of the special projects that have been organized by the Dhammadharini support foundation.
  • New Monastery Fund — Dhammadharini has recently gone ahead with undertaking our longterm dream of developing and establishing a permanent bhikkhuni monastery accessible to all. Friends of Dhammadharini donated half the price of a new monastery property. The remaining half has been financed by Bank of Marin through our Dhammadharini Support Foundation.  We now have the real opportunity to make our shared dream a reality, by way of financial gifts and pledges of ongoing monthly support. Every dollar given or pledged brings us closer to success in achieving financial security for the new monastery. [link]
  • Aranya Bodhi Hermitage — Supporting roadwork, building repairs, treework, erosion control 
  • Grocery Dana Fund — Supporting monastic meals, beverages and tonics [link]
  • Monastic Medical Fund — Supporting monastic medical care
  • Dhamma Dana Book Postage Fund — Supporting postage of the Dhamma Dana books: the new bhikkhuni anthology Let the Light Shine and Bhikkhuni Patimokkha Fourth Edition.
  • Bhikkhuni Vibhanga Project — Supporting an international team led by Ayya Tathaaloka to create a new, translation of the Bhikkhuni Vibhanga (the explication and analysis of the bhikkhunis' monastic precepts).[link]
  • "Whatever is most needed" — Basic operating expenses and unexpected emergencies. 

Donation receipt for tax purposes

Dhammadharini mails letters of appreciation to all non-anonymous monetary donors for whom we have received address information, by the end of January each year, for the total amount donated in the previous year.

If you have made a donation (either monetary or of goods) and would like a receipt for tax purposes at any time during the year, just let us know and we happy to accommodate.

Please let us know if your address changes.

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.

Thank you for your support of our Sangha!
May your generosity bring you joy.

How to make a donation

In keeping with the original Buddhist monastic discipline, Theravada monastics of the forest traditions do not receive, handle or keep money.

They may receive material support only in the form of food, clothing, lodgings and medicine. In modern times, Buddhist monastics also travel in vehicles and use devices for study and communication.

As the lay stewardship organization, Dhammadharini support foundation will use your financial gifts to provide these basic requisites to our Bhikkhuni Sangha who are practicing at the Dhammadharini Vihara in Santa Rosa, Aranya Bodhi Hermitage in Jenner, and the Peace Pagoda in Fremont, CA.

If you wish for your donation to be known by a monastic and acknowledged by them, you may offer them a note mentioning your donation. They will then rejoice in knowing of your generosity. If the donation was made for their requisite needs, they will also then know that such is available to them through Dhammadharini.

Making a donation in person

For offering needed supplies in person,  please check "Useful Things" under the "Donations" tab above

There are donation boxes at Dhammadharini Monastery and Aranya Bodhi Hermitage. At other venues, if there is a white-robed anagarika or lay companion present with the monastic, ask if the companion is willing to deliver your donation.

Please do not offer monastics cash, checks made out to the monastic, or checks with the “pay to” line left blank ... even in an envelope or by placing in a bag.

A check made out to "Dhammadharini" may be accepted by the monastic, who will then turn the check over to the financial officer or steward.

Making a donation by mail

Checks or money orders may be made payable to "Dhammadharini" and posted to:
6791 Sturtevant Drive
Penngrove, CA 94951, USA

Making a donation with Bill Pay

Many financial institutions offer a Bill Pay service. A payment can be sent in the amount you indicate. Your bank mails a check to the payee in 4-7 days. You can create and maintain your payments in your online banking account.

Recurring, automatic payments (monthly, quarterly, etc.) can also be established. You don't have to write a check or use your envelopes and stamps. This service is often free of charge. Contact your financial institution to verify the services they offer.

To create a donation in Bill Pay to support the Dhammadharini Bhikkhuni Sangha, you will need the following information:


6791 Sturtevant Dr.
Penngrove, CA 94951, USA

+1 (707) 583-9522

Making a Donation by Wire Transfer

To obtain bank routing information for a domestic or international wire transfer, contact

Making a Secure Online Donation

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 Click here to make a donation through Network for Good

Online donations through PayPal can be made through your debit card linked to your bank account, most major credit cards, or through your PayPal account. PayPal donations can be made internationally from any country. Our email for international PayPal donations is

If you have any special designation or dedication for your donation, please write this in the memo field of the on-line donation form or in an attached note.

Making a Recurring Donation 

Recurring donations can be set up through Network for Good, PayPal, or your own bank's Bill Pay. Such support brings peace of mind to our Finance Committee and less work for our financial volunteers. After arranging it, you may send a brief note to to let us know that you are joining our "Dana Devas"