The Detroit Zen Center

A Living Tradition

Founded in 1990, the Detroit Zen Center is a branch of Sudeok-sa, a 1,300 year-old temple in South Korea, yet is an American Zen community. Our mission is to teach Zen Buddhism, and help those interested apply its principles -- awareness, compassion and wisdom, into their daily lives. Our Abbot and founder Hwalson Sunim has been a monk for over 40 years, with extensive training in North America and Korea.   

Specifically, we hold:

--Sunday morning Beginner's meditation & a Dharma Talk, taught by our monastic staff.

--Daily meditation, open to anyone who has had beginner's instruction.

--Introduction to Zen workshops seasonally.

--Silent retreats seasonally (weekend and 5-day).

-- 2 - 60-day residential training periods, held in the winter and summer, where individuals live & study in the Zen Center, and follow its daily rhythm of meditation, work, & community life.  

--Rental or work-exchange residency in our attached Sangha House, for those looking to integrate a Zen Center lifestyle (early morning meditation, collective chores and meals, evening meditation) alongside their outside jobs and lives.

--An onsite-organic food distribution business & store, Living Zen Organics, which provides the primary means of supporting the Center.

--Public Yoga classes on Saturday mornings, and Sun-do (Taoist Yoga) Mon - Sat at 7am.

Please check the 'Calendar' for times, dates or more details.  For a residency or work-exchange application, please phone or e-mail.

There is no formal membership.  The Detroit Zen Center does rely on donations by guests, students & the public. We are a 501(c)(3) so donations are tax-deductible.  We suggest $5-10 per meditation or a monthly contribution for regular attendants.

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

Calling all Volunteers! 
Every Saturday we hold volunteer work parties summer-fall, and would love your help.  9am-2pm. Partial time is OK; please RSVP.
Gardening, food prep, repairs...all welcome!  RSVP to 313.366.7738 or email. 

Autumn weekend retreat to be announced!