If you wish to bring a meal, please see: Dana – Offering meals at Santi

Needed at present

Below are items that would be useful to the monastery at the moment. This page is updated regularly. Updated on Tuesday, 28th April 2015.

Food items

  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Tinned Coconut Milk
  • Rolled Oats
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Sago
  • Black Tea


Other items:

  • Cheap single-size foam mattress
  • Tissues
  • Toilet tissues
  • Matches & Fire starters
  • Old newspapers to light-up fires
  • Flash Drive

Not needed at present – we have plenty of the following:

Food items we currently have plenty of:

  • Potato
  • White rice
  • Bottled water (see below)
  • White flour
  • Pasta and rice noodles
  • Crackers
  • Cooking Oil
  • Dried Mushrooms

Non-food items we currently have plenty of:

  • White clothing of all kinds
  • Blank CDs, blank DVDs, CD & DVD covers (we do not distribute or use CDs or DVDs)
  • Towels
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Tooth brushes
  • Paper Serviettes (napkins)
  • Paper plates and cups
  • Chemical detergents (see below).
  • Dish washing liquid

Entering into the Vassa (Rains) retreat

In this year, the Vassa (Rains) retreat will begin on the full moon day in July (i.e. 30th July 2015), and will end on the full moon day in October. Traditionally, starting from the Lord Buddha’s time, these three months is called the Rains retreat.  In preparation for the rains retreat, we anticipate that the following items would be useful.

  • Torches and batteries
  • Ponchos
  • Umbrellas
  • Single bed mattresses
  • Thermos flasks
  • Blankets
  • Meditation Zafus
  • Brown Fleece Material

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, we do not use any of the money donated to the monastery on food .

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

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!