Useful Things

May you have every good blessing.                                        Updated April 4, 2019

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

Financial support for lodgings

Dhammadharini Support Foundation has identified these financial priorities for 2019, and is grateful for your support, in any amount, towards these:
  • Pay down monastery mortgage, current balance: $336,000 
  • Build teacher's kuti at monastery or remodel/add on to monastery buildings, estimate: $50,000 
  • Replace solar electric battery bank at Aranya Bodhi Hermitage, already complete, Thank you!

Supplies & furnishings for monastery and for hermitage

  • 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.
  • Three to five tri-fold mats (example).
  • 18’x30’ large event canopy (example).  
  • Outdoor folding chairs for large events (examples)
  • A high capacity top loading washer. This is to replace an older washer that's approaching its lifespan.* [example]

Medicines, safety & personal monastic requisites:

Cleaning, sewing & household care:
  • 20 small corningware bowls (example

  • 2ply septic safe toilet paper: we recommend bamboo, recycled, or FSC-certified brands Offered, Thank you!

  • 4 folding clothes drying racks (example)  Offered, Thank you!

  • 2 old-style durable enamel wash basins (example, example), durable plastic wash basins (example) Offered, Thank you!

  • dark brown, coco brown and orange Rit dye (example)

  • 2 lbs of "MX Nutmeg 5226 Pro Mix Reactive Dye" from Pro Chemical & Dye phone1-800-2BUY-DYE.

Tools & supplies to maintain our buildings:

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

Monastic Allowables

  • 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 soy milk
  • unsweetened nut milk
  • protein powder
  • Korean Ginsing tea or instant tea (example)
  • Herbal teas such as peppermint, chai spice or liquorice

Food Items for Monastery Kitchen (maintained by lay friends of the monastic community): 

  • millet
  • gluten free tamari
  • olive oil
  • 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 ....)
  • durable root vegetables (ex. potato, turnip, carrot)

*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