The Detroit Zen Center
An American Zen Community with a Korean lineage

Founded in 1990, the Detroit Zen Center is in the diverse city-district of Hamtramck, in the center of Detroit, a district home to over 30 ethnic groups. All are welcome.  We are an urban residence for monks and students, teach meditation to the public, and offer various services to the community.

The Center is a branch of Sudeok-sa, a 1,300 year-old temple in South Korea.  Its mission is "to promote peace within individuals and society by providing a place for the practice of Zen Buddhist meditation, manual work and the Arts".  The Abbot and founder Hwalson Sunim has been a monk for over 40 years, with extensive training in North America and Korea.

An introduction to meditation is held Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. (Please see 'Calendar'.) Daily meditation, seasonal retreats, and Saturday yoga classes are held, with workshops & cultural events offered periodically.

The Zen Center community and a few of its neighbors operate an organic store, food business, and pop-up cafe:  Living Zen Organics.  In supporting local farms and promoting sustainable approaches to food, Living Zen Organics is an attempt to actualize the principle of right-livelihood.

There is no formal membership.  The Detroit Zen Center relies on donations by guests and students.  As a 501(c)(3), donations are tax-deductible and help with general expenses, repairs and upkeep of the nearly 100 year-old facility. 

For further inquiry, contact the Detroit Zen Center at 313.366.7738 or

      Special Events

(First Saturdays of each month)

Saturday May 2, 9am-4pm
All Welcome!  Gardening, tea house renovation, Kim-chi making, etc.
Lunch is 12-1pm, so please come before or after that.  RSVP helpful 313.366.7738.