​​​​Mahapajapati Monastery

​​​​​​​living the buddha's ancient teachings in modern times

We have been the grateful recipients of many wonderful gifts. As we are renunciants and our needs are very basic, sometimes people ask for specific suggestions of things we would find useful. Here is our current list:


  • Air Purifiers. Our Abbess, Ayya Gunasari, has asthma and the dust and pollens agravate this condition. We have installed a purifier in her bedroom, and this has helped her considerable. We are hoping to get 1-2 additional purifiers to install downstairs and the upstairs meditation room. Something like this or any used one. Honeywell also makes good purifers for a very reasonable price. Any of their purifiers designed for 1large room would help with her asthma. amazon often has deals from their warehouse for significant discounts.
  • Travel funds or vouchers for monastics to attend retreats and monastic gatherings
  • medicinal teas, such as breathe easy, turmeric tea, throat coat.
  • Herbal teas
  • Funds for food
  • Funds for monthly expenses for monastery.

If you wish to provide an item, send us an email and let us know:

  • which item you are providing
  • your name
  • where you live
  • when you will be providing the item
  • what name you wish us to use when acknowledging the donation on this page. (You can be anonymous if you like.)
  • If you have a special dedication of merit that you would like us to make, please tell us in the email.

Items that have already been offered:

  • Offered by Anonymous, for turning the Dhamma wheel---Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!: The Making of Buddhist Modernism, by David McMahan

  • Offered by Tara, for the awakening of all sentient beings---Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!: Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience,  Meditation, and Philosophy, by Evan Thompson

  • Offered by Sonali---Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!: A 2001 Honda Civic.

  • Offered by Tara, for the peace and well-being of all living beings---Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!:  Gillette Mach 3 razor blade refills and non-aerosol shaving cream for head-shaving, herbal teas, environmentally friendly bathroom cleaning products, and pretzels.

  • Offered by Donna McCarthy---Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!: Rice cooker with stainless steel inner pot and Kindfulness, by Ajahn Brahm

  • Offered in honor of the Hacienda Heights 7th Street study group members---Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!: A blood pressure monitor, five large plastic storage bins, and food.

  • Offered by an anonymous donor---Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu: Flameless LED light votive candles, Untangling Self: A Buddhist Investigation of Who We Really Are, by Andrew Olendski, Don't Worry, Be Grumpy: Inspiring Stories for Making the Most of Each Moment, by Ajahn Brahm, Meditation on Perception: Ten Healing Practices to Cultivate Mindfulness, by Bhante Gunaratana

  • Offered by an anonymous donor---Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu: Three stainless steel tea strainers; A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook for Caring for Your Buddhist Community, Nathan Jishin Michon and Daniel Clarkson Fisher, eds., Sumeru Press Inc. (November 5, 2016); tall 13-gallon kitchen trash bags; large 30-gallon yard waste bags; one large storage bin.

  • Offered by Norm and Toon Greenup---Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!: Materials and labor for new foundation for one of the older kutis.

  • Offered by an anonymous donor---Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!: Stainless steel pans and a digital thermometer for making yogurt.
  • Offered by SuttaCentral.net---Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!: A new computer, external hard drive, and monitor for the monastery's office.
  • Offered by an anonymous donor in honor of her mother---Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!: Mach 3 cartridges for head shaving, dental floss, and bergamot capsules.
  • Offered by two anonymous donors---Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!: New flooring for one of the older kutis.