Useful Things

May you have every good blessing.                                                 Updated 21 July 2017

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

 Books for Dhammadharini's library

  • The Dhammapada, John Ross Carter & Mahinda Palihawadana, translators. There are two editions of the Dhammapada from these translators.  We are seeking the academic version which is the only source for English translation of the Pali word commentaries! ISBN-13: 978-0195041620.  ISBN-10: 0195041623 (example)

Supplies & furnishings for new monastery and for hermitage

  • waterproof hand-crank flashlight/s (@hermitage)
  • cork flooring for residential wing room, 350 square feet of flooring (@monastery) (example)
  • faucet for bowl washing sink that has a high profile on the faucet  (example) (pledged, thank you!)
  • skylight shades for meditation hall (@monastery) (example)
  • room dividers (@monastery) (contact monastery for type needed)
  • 3 motion sensor night lights (@monastery) (example and example) (pledged, thank you!)
  • color and black ink cartridges for HP WF2540 printer/copier. (color and black There are many options that will fit this printer.) 
  • 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 hermitage maintenance, repairs and renovations.

For meditation space and teaching

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

For transportation

  • Two Clipper Cards for public transport throughout Bay Area.  
  • 16 ride punch passes for Mendocino Transit - $17 each - these can be purchased at:

Medicines & personal monastic requisites:

  • quick-dry cotton hand towels (monastic color, not large bath towels, example)
  • refill cartridges for Mach 3 razors (example) -or- Harry's below
  • Harry's bargain razor refill online plan (example, order "one day per week or less" "blades only")
  • "hypervent" mattress pads 6' x 39" (sold here) This provides ventilation under the sleeping mat for warmth and mildew resistance.

Cleaning and household care:

  • eco-safe bio-degradable liquid laundry detergent (@hermitage)
  • gallons of distilled white vinegar 
  • hydrogen peroxide solution
  • facial tissues (i.e., Kleenex)


  • 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

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

*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