Classical Zen training and study for modern times.
To study Zen Buddhism is to study the self and how it awakens. Zen philosophy is quite simple: each human being has the potential to awaken to an experience of complete unity. This unified state is our basic, fundamental state. Within such an experience, our true potential is tapped, and we develop a deep empathy toward all beings. This is the ground of Zen Buddhist teaching. Sitting meditation is fundamental to zen study. It is a revolutionary practice thousands of years old, simple yet powerful as a method to aid in bringing the self into this experience of unity.
A non-profit organization, the 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, the arts, and to build a self-sufficient, sustainable community within an urban setting". Our founder and teacher Hwalson Sunim, now in his 70's, trained extensively for 18 years, and was then invited by his master Wondam Sunim to return to America and teach. We are a branch of Sudeok-sa, a 1,300 year-old temple deep in the beautiful mountains of Korea.
We hope everyone feels welcome to come, out of simple curiosity, to explore basic zen teachings, or to take up regular practice. Please visit the Calendar to see what we offer.
While most students live off-site, we have residential opportunities for experienced students, and semester-style programs for new students. Please contact us for an application for residency.