If you wish to bring a meal, please see: Dana – Offering meals at Santi
Please kindly note that one of our monastic is allergic to Garlic and black pepper. We really appreciate if you could prepare food without Garlic and Black Pepper. Thank you.
Needed at present
Below are items that would be useful to the monastery at the moment. This page is updated regularly. Updated on Wednesday, 20th May 2015.
- Longlife Milk (full cream or Skim)
- Long-life juice
- Block cheese
- Old newspapers to light-up fires
- Rubber Hot-water Bottles
- Eucalyptus oil
- Fire starters
- Wool-wash (eco friendly – that’s ok for use in a grey water system)
- Oven Mits
- Dishwashing sponges
Not needed at present – we have plenty of the following:
Food items we currently have plenty of:
- Baked Beans
- White rice
- Bottled water (see below)
- White flour
- Pasta and rice noodles
- 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)
- 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.
- Single-bed size Doona (Any kind of Doona is fine. However, if you are happy to go for more expensive type, then Alpaca or wool would be much appreciated. They are available at Target)
- Meditation Zafus
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!