The Detroit Zen Center

A Living Tradition

Founded in 1990, the Detroit Zen Center is a residential and membership-based American Zen community.  Our mission is to provide a public place for the study and practice of Zen Buddhist meditation, and to nurture and model sustainable community.  We are a branch of Sudeok-sa temple in South Korea. Our Abbot Hwalson Sunim is a monk with 40 years of training in North America and Korea.   
For the general public we host:

--'First Sundays' (by registration only): an introduction to zen meditation & vegan brunch held the first Sunday of the month from 9am-12pm.  Though designed for beginners, all are welcome.  Meditation instruction is given by resident monks, followed by group meditation, a Dharma Talk & diaolgue.  It ends in the cafe with organic vegan brunch served at 11am.  Please call or email us to register.

After attending 'First Sunday' folks may attend any other Sunday meditation.  To attend week-day meditation membership is required.

Stools and benches are available in addition to cross-legged sitting mats.  The donation to attend 'First Sunday' is $20, or $15 for students/seniors.  This donation includes the brunch. For other Sunday sittings we suggest a $5-10 donation.

--Weekday morning and evening meditation for members.  Membership is by monthly donation, and open to anyone who has attended a 'First Sunday', & plans to or has taken the Zen Course, held seasonally.  

--Introduction to Zen courses seasonally.

--Silent retreats every month (weekend or 5-day).

-- Residential apprenticeship study (apprentices live at the Zen Center and follow the daily schedule), available by application.

--Short or long-term rental of private rooms in the adjacent residency (Sangha House), available by application.

--An onsite-organic cafe & store, Living Zen Organics, a non-profit business that supports the Center and employs students & neighbors.

--Public Yoga classes on Saturday mornings, and Taoist Yoga classes on Tues, Wed & Thurs mornings.

Please check the 'Calendar' for times, dates and details.  For a residency or apprenticeship application, please contact the Director.

As a non-profit organization,  The Detroit Zen Center relies on donations by members, guests, & the public. Donations are tax-deductible.  Please contact the Director for membership details:  313.366.7738

WRITE-UPS ON THE ZEN CENTER!  (click to follow links)

DETROIT NEWS & MODEL D (about the cafe)

Current Events

'First Sundays' 
UPCOMING: May 1: 9am - 12pm
Zen meditation intro, group meditation, Dharma talk & organic brunch.

Volunteer Day & Open House
2nd Saturdays
9am - 3pm (by appointment only)
Give a helping hand and get to know the Zen Center.  Please schedule your time in advance by calling or e-mailing.

Upcoming Retreats
Working Retreat:  April 18 - 22
Monastic-style Retreat:  June 26 - 31