Useful Things

May you have every good blessing.                                        Updated April 20-18

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

  • Two oil-filled space heaters for small bedrooms. The rooms are otherwise unheated, and this is the most frugal solution. (example)
  • room dividers (@monastery) (contact monastery for type needed)
  • 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.
  • four small ash shovels for kuti wood stoves (example
  • one small covered ash bucket (example)
  • brackets to make firewood rack (example)
  • Three over the door coat racks (example) or (example)

Furnishings through IKEA gift registry

Dhammadharini Sangha's gift registry lists all the parts that will add up to two storage cabinets for the Monastery residential wing, and basic mattresses for the accessible guest kuti at the Hermitage & lay steward's room at Monastery.  Welcome to contribute just one part or as many as you wish.   

Buy In-store

You can purchase registry items in any IKEA store. To get the registry list, visit one of the IKEA Gift Registry kiosks in-store. (It is listed with IKEA as an "other" registry for a person with first name "Dhammadharini" and last name "Sangha".) Or prior to your visit print out the list from the registry website (Dhammadharini Sangha's Registry). When ready to purchase a product, simply present the gift registry print-out to the cashier at checkout. The cashier will scan the registry barcode at the register.

Buy Online from

You can go to Dhammadharini Sangha's Registry and buy a registry item online. When checking out online, be sure to add the registry number into the shopping cart in the IKEA FAMILY card/Gift Registry number field. 

For meditation spaces

  • beeswax taper candles
  • white, unscented taper candles
  • (we have enough tealight candles)

For transportation

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

For the office

  • Box of 100 file folders like this
  • Black and Color ink cartridges for Epson WF 2540 (like this)

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: Samahan
  • quick-dry cotton hand towels (monastic color, not large bath towels, example)
  • tick removers (example, example)

Cleaning, sewing & household care:

  • Singer edge joining/"stitch-in-the-ditch" foot (example, example)
  • Rit color remover (2 oz. or 1 lb.)
  • gallons of distilled white vinegar

Tools & supplies to maintain our buildings:

  • two 1-1/2 inch rubber drain stoppers, for utility sinks (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 soy milk
  • unsweetened nut milk
  • protein powder
  • ground coffee
  • Herbal teas such as peppermint or liquorice

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