Friends, if you are interested in learning about volunteering with the Dhammadharini Sangha and letting us know the skills you would like to offer, please fill out this Google Form. Anumodana!     Some of of our everyday volunteer opportunities are here:  Volunteer Opportunities

Focus on the Seven Factors of Awakening

posted Dec 23, 2017, 4:14 PM by Ayya Sobhana   [ updated Dec 24, 2017, 4:58 PM ]

Six week Whole Community Retreat at the Dhammadharini Monastery

January 15th until February 26th 2018.

During this time our residents will be cutting out our usual outside activities and internal projects and be focusing on meditation and Dhamma teachings at the Monastery in Penngrove. We will have no alms rounds during this time. We will all be maintaining silence as much as possible.

Ways to participate:

Day visitors welcome to come for meditation and/or to offer a meal. Come for all or part of a day. 

You may arrange to offer prepared fresh meal in person by contacting the monastery. Groceries or frozen dishes to be offered later are also extremely helpful. From 12-1, daily you may pick a chore and help with cleaning the monastery. Your support makes the work light and gladdens the whole community.  

Public Dhamma talks every Tuesday evening and Sunday afternoon with lead teacher Ayya Sobhana

Saturday Daylong Meditations  with teaching 

  • January 13th: Nourishing the Enlightenment Factors.
  • February 10th: Nourishing the Enlightenment Factors, Part II

Winter Yard Work at Dhammadharini Monastery

posted Nov 17, 2017, 7:38 PM by Ayya Sobhana   [ updated Dec 23, 2017, 4:21 PM ]

January is the right time for pruning dormant trees and shrubs.  Friends Erika Teach and Annaneia Poder will be organizing an weekend event to spruce up the Monastery property, with a special focus on removing things that need to be removed.  If landscaping is your thing and you would like to help organize this event, please write dhammadharini.monastery@gmail.com

Spring Yard Cleanup at Dhammadharini Monastery

posted Mar 23, 2017, 7:30 AM by Ayya Sobhana   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 8:51 AM ]

Weather permitting, volunteers are welcome to help cut the grass and tidy up outside areas at Dhammadharini Monastery.  Come when you can between 9 am and 5 pm on Saturday April 1.  If you can bring your own string trimmer (weed wacker) or mower, the work will go much more quickly.  

This weekend is a good opportunity to meet and speak with Dhammadharini's visiting bhikkhuni, Ayya Dhira who will be departing at the end of the Spring Retreat, and to meet our newest resident, Nekkhamma Siaw.  These two will be leading the day, while the other Dhammadharini residents are engaged with meetings and teachings in North Carolina, Massachusetts, Los Angeles and Sri Lanka.

Volunteer Opportunities for 2017 Six-Week Retreat

posted Mar 14, 2017, 2:46 PM by Chase O'Flynn   [ updated Dec 23, 2017, 11:01 AM by Ayya Sobhana ]

From April 10 to May 19, our monastic community will be on retreat, with some retreatants at Aranya Bodhi hermitage, and some at the Dhammadharini Monastery in Penngrove. Both locations will depend on the support of volunteers to help provide a secluded time of practice for the Sangha. See the document below for current volunteer openings, and email us at dhammadharini.monastery@gmail.com if you would be able to fill any of the listed positions. We hope that some volunteers will also be able to join us for practice when they come -- either to the monastery, which will be open to the public for silent meditation throughout the retreat; or to the hermitage, which will be otherwise closed to the public, but will be open to volunteers on the day of their scheduled tasks. In this way, we hope that the retreat can be of benefit to the wider community.

Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities - Soon and Later

posted Jan 26, 2017, 9:08 PM by Niyyanika Samaneri   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 9:01 AM by Ayya Sobhana ]

Work weekend at the hermitage

building a shed.jpg From March 25-29 residents will be at Aranya Bodhi hermitage making final preparations for the upcoming Spring Retreat.  An important project is clearing fallen trees to make our kutis accessible, as well as final cleaning of all the spaces. There will be minor construction jobs, wood cutting, and other needed tasks. Welcome to bring a meal. Please consider an enjoyable volunteer day or two in the forest, that includes digging and Dhamma.

10 day volunteer work period coming this Summer

John R, a qualified contractor, will lead a 10 day work period at the monastery and Aranya Bodhi in late July, early August. If there’s a good group of helpers, we will . Please consider joining for all or part of this community effort in Dhamma and drywall.

Special Clay Painting Reunion Day!

posted Dec 25, 2016, 5:34 PM by Niyyanika Samaneri

Saturday-Sunday, Jan 21-22

Janine Björnson of Clay Bones & Stones has kindly offered the supplies and scaffolding to correct the uneven color in Dhammadharini’s meditation hall. And with the scaffolding, we can also paint the high trims in one bedroom, from black to white. So we are declaring a special work weekend for painting. Welcome to come and swing a brush for a day or half-day. Wear your painting clothes. We will have all needed supplies. 

Saturday, January 21, 9:00 to 12:30pm Painting (& lunch—please bring a dish to share). 12:30 to 4pm Painting. 4pm Dhamma reflection. 

Sunday, January 22, 9:30 to 12:30pm Dhamma program (with lunch—please bring a dish to share). 12:30 to 4pm Painting. 4pm Dhamma reflection.

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