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, but function as an American Zen community. Our mission is to teach Zen Buddhist principles through meditation, manual work and the arts, and hope to promote greater compassion and wisdom within individuals and society. 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.

-- 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 wanting to conveniently access the meditation schedule, and live in a sustainable and zen-inspired household.

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

--Public Yoga classes on Saturday mornings.

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 strongly relies on donations by guests, students & the public. As a 501(c)(3), donations are tax-deductible.  We suggest $5-10 or a monthly contribution for meditation for those who have the means.

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

Held throughout the summer
9am-4pm   Come anytime, but please RSVP.

Gardening, cooking, cleaning, repairs...all welcome!  RSVP to 313.366.7738 or email. 

Monday July 13, 7pm - Friday July 17, 12pm.
Two day minimum.  Call to register.          $50 deposit due by Friday July 10.