Classical Zen training and study for modern times.
Zen Buddhism is the study of the self and how it awakens to its full potential.
A non-profit organization, Detroit Zen Center began in 1990 with the mission "to provide a place for the study and practice of Zen Buddhism through meditation, manual work, and the arts". We are a community of monks, resident and non-resident students, and are open to the public in various ways. The flavor of Detroit deeply inspires our commitment to practice. Sustainability is a core teaching within all of Buddhism, and we work to provide a place that stands as an example of the power of healthy community, right livelihood, and individuals choosing to work together to develop greater humanity.
Detroit Zen Center is a branch of Sudeok-sa--a 1,300 year-old temple deep in the beautiful mountains of Korea. Our founder and teacher Hwalson Sunim was ordained a monk 40 years ago. After 18 years of extensive study, his teacher Wondam Sunim asked him to return to America and teach.
All are welcome to the Detroit Zen Center, whether for simple curiosity or deeper interest. Visit the Calendar to see the public events, which include zen meditation instruction for newcomers, and Dharma Talks.
While most students live off-site, we have residential options in the form of full-time study and work-exchange. Please contact us for an application.