The Detroit Zen Center

An American Zen Community with a Korean lineage

Founded in 1990, the Detroit Zen 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 teaching Zen Buddhist principles and meditation.  Our Abbot and founder Hwalson Sunim has been a monk for over 40 years, with extensive training in North America and Korea.   

A Beginner's meditation is given by our monastic residents on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, and is the best way to get introduced to Zen Buddhism, meditation, or the Zen Center itself.  After receiving instruction, beginners may attend the other meditations held through the week.

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.

We support local and organic farms, promote sustainability and access to low-cost nutritious food by operating an organic food business: Living Zen Organics.

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

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

DETROIT NEWS & MODEL D (about the cafe)

      Special Events

Saturday July 11, 9am-4pm
Volunteers needed throughout the day;
all welcome!  RSVP to 313.366.7738. 

Monday July 13, 7pm - Friday July 17, 12pm.
Two day minimum.  Call for an application.