Useful Things

May you have every good blessing.                                        Updated June 25, 2020

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

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.

The Four Primary Requisites for Buddhist Monastics are Robes, Food, Medicines, and Lodgings

Special Medical Section: COVID-19 Coronavirus Prevention

  • 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 (example, exampleoffered -- thank you!
  • 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 gallon bottle

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 (example, example)
  • 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!

  • 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 (example, example

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

  • regular black tea and coffee

  • Pickled and dried ginger (example, examplepledged -- 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.

Contact Dhammadharini - Monastery and Hermitage
Monastery Email:, Hermitage:
Tel/text: 707-583-9522 (monastery) or 9523 (hermitage)
Monastery Shipping Address:  Dhammadharini, 6791 Sturtevant Drive, Penngrove, CA 94951
Hermitage Shipping Address: can be obtained via email or text at your request