Mahapajapati Monastery is supported entirely by donations.

As a renunciant community, our needs are simple. But like any home or organization, we have expenses for food, property taxes, building and maintenance projects, liability and fire insurance, car insurance, car repairs, and gasoline, and we have regular monthly bills for electricity, propane, phone, internet, and trash collection.

Please consider supporting Mahapajapati Monastery so that we may continue to dedicate ourselves to living the Buddha's teachings and providing a refuge for those who wish to visit, as well as for those who are inspired by our practice from afar.

If you would like to make a financial donation to support the monastery, you can pledge monthly or offer a one-time donation, in accordance with your means and inspiration.

May your generosity bring you lasting happiness. And may it provide the gift of Dhamma to all those who come in contact with Mahapajapati Monastery.

If you are inspired to make a financial donation to Mahapajapati, you may do so here:

The Mahapajapati Foundation is a religious non-profit corporation, recognized as a church by the State of California. All donations to the Mahapajapati Foundation are tax-deductible in the United States in accordance with IRS code section 501(c)(3) EIN: 32-0212055

Please make checks payable to Mahapajapati Foundation, and send to PO Box 587, Pioneertown, CA 92268-0587.

Donating Food

There are several ways you can offer food if you are inspired to do so.

You might sponsor the cost of a day's food for the monastery, either on a one-time basis for a special event, or recurring monthly. You can make arrangements to make your donation here.

You may also contact to make arrangements to bring a meal to the monastery.

If you are coming to visit, you may make a grocery offering as well. To offer groceries, you may bring what you wish, and we also welcome you to contact us to see what we might find useful. We try to eat simple, healthy food in order to support our practice.

Staples that we generally use include (24 July 2021):
  • Whole-grain bread
  • Nuts/seeds, such as: cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds
  • Dried fruit, such as: prunes, dates, raisins, figs
  • Honey, maple syrup...
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Fresh veggies
  • Fresh fruits
  • Paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • laundry or dish detergent (unscented or original scent)
  • trash container bags, in small, 13-15 gallon, and 33 + gallon sizes.

Offering for Vasa - Raining Retreat from July 24 - Oct 21

Mahapajapati has the wish to officially uphold the ancient tradition of observing the Rains Retreat (“Vassa” in Pali) from July 25 to October 21, 2021, if an official Vasa sponsor makes the necessary offer of the four requisites during that time.

In the Buddha’s time, monks and nuns who would usually travel around for alms during the dry season found it difficult to do during the rainy / monsoon season. So, the tradition of staying in one place to meditate for the Rains Retreat (the three-month rainy season) was born. This was made possible because lay disciples would devotedly offer the monks and nuns the necessary four (4) requisites during that three-month period and a Kathina robe at the end of the Rains Retreat. Some monks and nuns were able to use that intensive retreat time to reach full enlightenment!

If you would like to sponsor Vasa and offer the robe for Mahapajapati this year after Vasa, please email us at

NOTE: During the Vassa period (Jul. 25th ~ Oct. 21st), we can only receive meals Dana dropped-off, as we will be observing silence fully.

Metta blessings for everyone who has offered any one of the four requisites (food, robes, lodgings and medicines) to the Mahapajapati Bhikkhunī Sangha.

May your offerings become the cause for realizing Nibbana!

With Metta,

Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha


The monastery has benefited greatly from the help of generous volunteers.

If you live close by and wish to offer service, two great ways you can do so are offering rides and shopping for groceries.

We've also been grateful for people who have noticed that our buildings needed maintenance and offered to do the repairs. We can always use help with these sorts of construction and repair projects. 

If you have other special skills that you think might be useful to us and you would like to volunteer, please fill out a volunteer application form.