The Four Main Monk’s Requisites:

  1. Robes
  2. Alms-Food
  3. Shelter
  4. Medicine

(Some tonics are allowable for monks in the afternoon as medicine, see “medicinal requisites”)


The Eight Required Items

  1. Outer robe
  2. Inner robe
  3. Thick double robe for winter
  4. Alms bowl for gathering food
  5. Razor for shaving (Gilette Mach III, blades may be needed)
  6. Needle and thread (Burgundy Thread)
  7. Belt
  8. Water strainer for removing beings from drinking water.


Other Useful Requisites:

  • Soap
  • Tooth brush, Toothpaste and Floss
  • Candles
  • Matches/Lighter
  • Watch or clock
  • Flashlight (Headlamp requires AAA Batteries)
  • Bathroom Tissue (Toilet paper)
  • Dye for Robes and Cloths
  • Batteries
  • Rubber hot water bottle (Or Electric) for cold nights or injuries.
  • Bus Tickets (Nelson Transit system for alms)



Within Canada, the best way to donate is by interac e-tansfer 

online throught you own financial institution to :

(The amount will be directly deposited in a donations account 

managed by Yvan Brillant (Ānanda’s dad) who manages all donations)


International donations can be made through PayPal.

*PayPal takes around 4.5% of the amount donated.

Medicinal Requisites:

(Medicinal Requisites can be consumed at anytime and kept for seven days)

After seven days, they are relinquished and go to an allocated space for any Saṇgha to use.
They can then be used again when needed.

  • Tea (Mainly green tea and black for digestion after meals and afternoons, not drinking much herbal)
  • Honey (Allowable Tonic in the afternoon)
  • Sugar (Allowable Tonic in the afternoon) (Organic or Raw)
  • Ghee (Allowable Tonic in the afternoon)
  • Oil (Allowable Tonic in the afternoon)
  • Pure Cocoa Powder (Allowable in the afternoon) (100% Cocoa powder, milk not allowable)
  • Strained Fruits (Allowable in the afternoon) (Fruit Juice Without Pulp)
  • Theracurmin or Activated Turmeric Capsules 
  • Salt (For Electrolytes)
  • Vitamin C (Chewable) (Very useful)
  • Probiotics (If need arises)
  • Super-Lysine Lip Balm (For Cold Sore)

***Bhante does not use Acetylsalicylic Acid (ASA) type of medication, whether from its natural (Willow tree bark) or it’s synthetic  derivative (Aspirin), as these also alter mental clarity.

Bhante does not to use to chemically manufactured pharmaceuticals and pain relievers like Advil, Tylenol etc… 

Further Possible Medical Support:

(Whenever the need arises)

  • Dentist (Haven’t been in almost two years now.)
  • Acupuncture 
  • General Doctor 
  • Osteopath 
  • Physio
  • Etc…

Other Possible Dāna:

  • Kuti project
  • Travel to India.


Dec. 16 2019
Dear Nelson,
Being the amazing, heart centred community that you are, I thought that I would share the following 🙂
As the weather gets colder, Bhante Ānanda will need thicker robes to stay warm while he walks down from Mountain Waters into town for alms and then back up the mountain again.
It is customary for monks to sew their own robes from used fabrics that are offered to them out of generosity. They purposefully use old, unwanted fabrics, rags or old sheets for example, to minimize their impact on the environment and on society. At the time of the Buddha, fabric was of high value and this was one way for monks to tread lightly and compassionately. In fact, they are supposed to be « rag-robes-wearers ».
So Bhante Ānanda will accept only throw away, white fabric that he will then clean and dye himself.
It is a meaningful thing to offer fabric for a monk’s robes, an admittedly unique opportunity in the West where monks are few and far between 🙂 Fabric for robes is one of the monks « requisites », essential items that they need for their practice (and survival !). In Buddhism, offering fabric for robes is considered to be an extremely virtuous and auspicious deed that brings great merit to the giver.
If you are interested in partaking in the offering of fabric for robes, I invite you to contact Bhante Ānanda through messenger.
Thank you Nelson.
Much happiness,
S. —