Thursday, September 28, 2017

Current contact information for Dhammadharini

After 10 years of preparations, Dhammadharini Support Foundation purchased monastery property in 2016 for our Bhikkhuni Sangha to put down deep roots in this land.

❧ a space of refuge, sanctuary & practice for those inspired to fully live the monastic path,

❧ where aspirants can explore monastic life, learn, train & ordain,❧ where lay friends of the Sangha can visit or stay for periods of immersion, sanctuary & service,

❧ accessible for Dhamma teaching & alms round, located at the western foot of Sonoma Mountain midway between the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento & Dhammadharini's forest hermitage on the Sonoma Coast. 

Dhammadharini continues to maintain the Aranya Bodhi Awakening Forest Hermitagea forest meditation hermitage for Theravada bhikkhunis (fully ordained female monastics) like-minded women and friends.  

Our current website is


Dhammadharini Monastery 
Sonoma Mountain area of Penngrove
6791 Sturtevant Drive, Penngrove, CA 94951 
Phone: 1-707-583-9522 
Skype: dhammadharini.monastic.residence

Aranya Bodhi Hermitage 
Sonoma Coast 
Mailing Address: PO Box 16, Jenner, CA 95450, USA 
Message Phone: 1-707-583-9523

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bodhi House Closing - New Address & Phone

Dear Friends,

The Bodhi House, former in-town lodging for our Bhikkhuni Sangha for three years, is now closed.  Dhammadharini's (Dhammadharini Support Foundation's) office at the Bodhi House closed as of Friday, July 20th, 2012. Out of respect for the privacy of it's lay family residents, please do not visit the Bodhi House -- no monastics are in residence there now.  

Note: Dhammadharini [Support Foundation] mail posted in past to the Bodhi House should now be posted to:

Dhammadharini (Support Foundation)
C/O Dhammadharini Monastery
6791 Sturtevant Drive
Penngrove CA 94951   USA

Our Women's Monastic Community is now located at our new Dhammadharini Monastery in the Sonoma Mountain area of Penngrove (above) together with our Aranya Bodhi Awakening Forest Hermitage (more info is available at our new website Monastic teachers also come down to teach at the Wat Buddhanusorn in Fremont, as well as other venues around the Bay Area. To invite a teacher, email dhammadharini.monastery[at]gmail[dot]com. To see a schedule of teachings and other news from our monastic community, go to and click on the "Dhammadharini News" tab at the top of any page.

Mail to our monastics at the hermitage may be posted to:

Aranya Bodhi Hermitage
PO Box 16
Jenner, CA 95450  USA

Hermitage message phone: 1-707-583-9523.  

Mail to our monastics at the our new Dhammadharini Monastery may be posted to the address above.

Dhammadharini Monastery tel/text: 1-707-583-9522
You can also email: dhammadharini[dot]monastery[at]gmail[dot]com.

For any questions about the closing of the Bodhi House or our new monastic abodes and activities, email Friends of Dhammadharini, our hermitage or our monastery.

from Friends of Dhammadharini and the former Bodhi House

Sunday, July 1, 2012

"Misfortune Transformed" Kalyanamitta Sit and Talk with Ayya Tathaaloka Friday July 13

Dear Dhamma friends,
Please mark your calendars for Friday, July 13, when Ayya Tathaaloka will present a Dhamma talk to our Friday night Kalyanamitta group. 
The topic will be "Misfortune Transformed" and the meditation and talk will take place from 7:30-9:00 pm.  
Amdee Vongthonsri has kindly offered her home to host this talk.  
Amdee's address is:  34876 Travertine, Union City. 
Much metta,

Friday, May 4, 2012

Ayya T returns to Bodhi house & Useful things list

Dear Friends,
Please join us in welcoming our venerable Ayya Tathaaloka back to Fremont. Ayya Tathaaloka will be coming down from our Aranya Bodhi Forest Hermitage with Sayalay Santacari for a half-month stay at the Bodhi House from June 28th thru to 20th July.

During her stay, Ayya Tathaaloka plans to visit places around the area recommended for our new monastery/vihara. Stay tuned for further news on this.

Sharing joy,
Metta from your friends at and around the Bodhi House

Useful Things List
updated: July 12, 2012

Anumodana for all that you offer and share in whatever form.
May you be well and happy, peaceful and at ease.
May you not lack for the basic requisites of life.
May you have all needed support in your practice of the Path.

Kefir - Lactose Free, Sugar Free, Unflavoured

Hemp Seed

Cranberry Juice

For the Hermitage

 For an up to date list of what is useful and needed at the hermitage
see our Awakening Forest Blog (scroll down on the right)

*supplies for the hermitage CAN be dropped off at the Bodhi House*

Please Note:

Aranya Bodhi Hermitage Environmental Policy

The monastics' ethic is to gratefully accept whatever is offered, other than what is unusable or harmful. Out of consideration for the welbeing and welfare of our human society and planetary environment, at the hermitage it is essential that you offer environmentally-, eco-friendly products, particulary biodegradable eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Please also consider unbleached, recycled toilet paper and paper towels, no plastic water bottles, products with less plastic packaging, as well as vegetarian and organically-grown food products...

There is no trash service at the hermitage.

Please be aware that all garbage and recycling that comes in will also need to be carried out.
Thank you for your care of our monastic community, our human society and all living beings!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Monastic Presence at Bodhi House

Dear Friends,

Please know that Ayya T will be back at Bodhi house from her time in Australia and New Zealand as of tomorrow, the 10th of April. Currently, there are plans for a monastic companion to be with her during this next month.

The Bodhi House is located at 4196 Bidwell Drive, Fremont, CA 94538. The monastic residence office telephone number is: 510-863-9608.

Wishing you peace of mind as you walk the path.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Occupancy of Bodhi House

Dear Friends of The Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha,

Please know that it is expected that all residents will be away from Bodhi house at least until the 3rd week of March, possibly mid-April.

If you need to contact us, please email our Aranya Bodhi hermitage office at
awakeningforest (at) Someone at the hermitage will check our
"awakeningforest" email daily and can answer or pass on your message.

Alternatively, the hermitage skype/message phone number is: 707-340-4281.

Wishing you wellness and happiness during this time.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Ven Suvijjana Bhikkhuni at Bodhi House in January

Programs with Ven. Suvijjana Bhikkhuni
at the Bodhi House in the New Year
Dear Friends,

We are delighted to welcome our very own native Californian bhikkhuni, Venerable Suvijjana, back to the Bodhi House in this coming New Year. Ven Suvijjana has been retreating at our Aranya Bodhi Hermitage for the past 6 months.

Suvijjana Bhikkhuni plans to participate in Friday evening Kalyanamitta meditation group gatherings, offer sutta study group time, the Bodhi House during this upcoming month of January 2012.

Welcome back to Fremont Venerable Suvijjana!