Useful Things

May you have every good blessing.                                        Updated 17 November 2017

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

Supplies & furnishings for new monastery and for hermitage

  • 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.
  • squatty potties (3 needed) (example)
  • bidet toilet attachment (1 needed) (example)
  • 14" or 16" heavy duty rolling plant caddy

For meditation space and teaching

  • beeswax taper and beeswax tealight candles
  • white, unscented taper candles

For transportation

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

Medicines, safety & personal monastic requisites:

  • cold care teas - ex: Throat Coat, Gyspy Cold Care or other cold care tea
  • cold and flu care medicines - ex: cough expectorant
  • cold remedies - ex: Umcka, Samahan
  • four loud signal horns for fire alarm (example)
  • quick-dry cotton hand towels (monastic color, not large bath towels, example)
  • tick removers (example, example)

Cleaning, sewing & household care:

  • Gojo unscented foaming hand soap refill (example)
  • Singer rolled hem foot (example)
  • Singer edge joining/stitch-in-the-ditch foot (example, example)
  • N95 respirator masks
  • eco-safe bio-degradable liquid laundry detergent (@hermitage)

Tools & supplies to maintain our buildings:

  • 5/8 inch garden hose washers (example)
  • two durable hose nozzles (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 in tear resistant stain pad.  This product matches the line of supplies we are using on our decks. (example)


  • 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]
  • unsweetened nut milk
  • protein powder
  • ground 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
  • powdered milk or Nido™
  • greens (ex: kale, collard greens, chard, dandelion greens, bok choy, spinach ....)

*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