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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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