An American tradition of Korean Zen
The Detroit Zen Center is an urban zen monastery with monastics, resident and non-resident students. Anyone interested in either learning meditation or joining the community as a student should start by coming to a Sunday morning meditation/talk. Check the schedule for details.
Founded in 1990 as a branch of Sudeok-sa, a 1,300 year-old temple in South Korea, our mission is "to provide a place for the study and practice of Zen Buddhism through meditation, manual work, and the arts". Our Abbot and founder is Hwalson Sunim, who is 73, and has been a monk for over 40 years. He trained extensively in both North America and Korea.
The philosophic base of the community is two-fold: its traditional zen study, including sitting meditation, regarded as 'inner work'. Secondly and equally emphasized is the 'outer work' -- choosing a way of life and work that contributes to the greater good of humanity.
We offer a Sunday meditation & talk, week-day AM meditation, Intro. to Zen courses, Yoga classes, & our Living Zen Organics food business & store.
If you are interested in becoming a student, please come to a Sunday meditation. For residential study or inquiry, contact the Director at 313.366.7738.