Dhammasala Forest Monastery

Dhammasala Forest Monastery is Buddhist temple, monastery and meditation center located on 28 acres of forested land in Perry Michigan. The monastery includes a temple, living quarters for the monks, walking paths and meditation shelters.

Founded in 2000 by Ajahn Khemasanto, the purpose of Dhammasala is to give monks the opportunity to practice in line with the Dhamma (doctrine) and Vinaya (training rules) taught by the Buddha over 2,500 year ago.

Dhammasala also invites visitors to learn and practice in line with the Buddha’s teachings. 



Thai New Year Celebration 

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Dhammasala Forest Monastery, Perry, MI


This occasion for the celebration of the Thai New Year is to continue a beautiful tradition. It is a day on which Buddhists honor their ancestors and their contributions and show respect to them by making merit in the way of good acts in their memory. We would therefore like to invite everyone to join us in this celebration in paying respects to all our ancestors and their contribution to our present day lives.



10:00 AM Receiving the five precepts and listening to chanting.

10:30 AM The monks will go on alms round.

11:00 AM Food offerings to the monks.

12:00 PM Everyone enjoys a lunch. (Please bring a dish to pass.)

12:30 PM The donation tree and goods will be offered to the temple.

1:00 PM Dhamma talks in both Thai and English.





Daily and Weekly Events

Food offering –daily from 10:30 am to noon

Offering food to monks is one of the oldest traditions in Buddhism.  Daily beginning at 10:30 am, visitors bring prepared foods to offer the monks.  

Dhamma class–Saturdays from 5:30 to 6:30

Classes restart May 21, 2022. Please bring & wear a KN95 or better mask while indoors.

Format is 30 minutes of Q&A plus 30 minutes of meditation.

Grounds maintenance–Saturdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Dhammasala seeks volunteers to help with basic grounds work and maintenance.