Monthly Archives: May 2011

Dana – requisites and ingredients

Needed at present

Below are items that would be useful to the monastery at the moment. This post is updated regularly.

(updated 25/09/2012)

Food items:

whole milk, skim milk, soy milk, coconut milk, juice, yogurt, cheese, fetta cheese, apples, kiwi, butter, corn flower, tofu, salads, broccoli, potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, radish, tomatoes, leek, pumpkin, spinach, barley, lentils, ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin powder, sunflower seeds, dried fruits (apricot, raisin, prunes, banana), nuts (peanut, cashew, walnut, ), soya sauce (light), custard powder, canned diced tomato, tomato paste, paprika, basil, peppermint tea (decaf), Marmite, mayonnaise, taco shells, cinnamon sticks, all purpose seasoning, grounded ginger, paprika, white pepper, plain biscuits – crackers, grapes, brown sugar, butter, tofu hard, cereal  

evening allowables (dark chocolate, sweets, miso) 

Miscellaneous items:

Glad Bags

Not needed at present – we have plenty of the following

(updated 25/09/2012)

Food items we currently have plenty of

white rice, flour, baking powder, ginger, garlic, sugar, instant noodles, tea and instant coffee, stock powder, sauces and condiments, cake, honey, salt, bottled water (see below)

Non-food items we currently have plenty of

white clothing of all kinds

toothpaste, toothbrushes, paracetamol, skin care products, liniment, hand cleaner and soap, blank CDs, blank DVDs, CD & DVD covers, AA Batteries, towels, chemical detergents (see below).


We also have plenty of tealight  and other candles.

Santi and the environment

As a forest monastery bordering Morton National Park we strive to minimize our impact on our environment. We support Bundanoon in its “bottled water – free” town campaign – so PLEASE, do not offer bottled water to the monastery. We also refrain from using disposable items such as: plates, cups and cutlery, tea light candles and other materials that harm the environment.
At Santi we have an environmentally friendly greywater system, which cannot handle harsh chemical detergents, so please offer only ‘greywater safe’ laundry detergents.

We appreciate your support in our effort to keep a green monastery.

The Spirit of Dana

Please note that in order to keep alive the spirit of reliance on alms food, none of the money donated to the monastery is spent on food .

Acts of generosity lead to joy.
Joy leads to peace,
Peace leads to insight,
Insight leads to Liberation.

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!


Samaneri ordination for Kathrin

Great news for everyone – we have finally rescheduled the novice ordination for our faithful, long-term anagarika, Kathrin.

The new date is Sunday, May 29. The ordination will take place in the big cave at 12.30.

We hope you can join us here at Santi to celebrate another courageous young person who is willing to give up everything to enter the homeless life.

Ajahn Brahm – Public Talks in Sydney- August 2011

Ajahn Brahm is not only one of the most inspiring, funny and experienced Dhamma and meditation teachers in Australia, but is one of the most popular Buddhist teachers, teaching in English anywhere in the world. Everywhere he goes he draws huge crowds with his wit, clarity, insight and a remarkable capacity to bring the most profound of the Buddha’s teachings, within reach of all of us. So don’t miss this opportunity to hear the Dhamma from this wonderful teacher, not once but twice, in August 2011.

Admission is, as with all Santi’s Dhamma talks, absolutely free of charge.

When & Where

Friday 12 August

Don Moore Community centre
North Rock Road Crn Farnell
Calingford NSW

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Saturday 13 August

Sir Ian Turbott Auditorium
University of Western Sydney
Parramatta Campus
Cnr. James Ruse Dve and Victoria Road, Rydalmere.