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:
--'First Sundays', held the first Sunday of each month. This session is designed for both beginners & newcomers to the Detroit Zen Center. It includes meditation instruction, group meditation and a Dharma Talk. It is followed by an organic vegan brunch & tea in the cafe, prepared by the monastic staff, with the opportunity for questions and dialogue between guests and the monks and students of the Zen Center. After attending a 'First Sunday', guests may attend any other Sunday or week-day meditation held according to the public schedule (calendar). All are welcome for 'First Sundays. Stools and benches are available in addition to traditional cross-legged sitting mats. The donation to attend 'First Sunday' is $20, or $15 for students/seniors. This donation includes the organic vegan brunch & tea.
--Daily morning and evening meditation, open to anyone who has had attended 'First Sunday'.
--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).
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 depends on donations by guests, students & the public. We are a 501(c)(3) so donations are tax-deductible. We ask for $5-10 donation for each meditation session, or to arrange a monthly contribution with the Director for regular attendance.
For further inquiry, contact the Director at Detroit Zen Center: 313.366.7738 or email@example.com.
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DETROIT NEWS & MODEL D (about the cafe)
Calling all Volunteers!
On the First Saturday of each month we hold volunteer work parties, and would love your help. 10am-2pm. Partial time is OK; please RSVP. Includes lunch.
Gardening, food prep, repairs...all welcome! RSVP to 313.366.7738 or email.
Next date: Saturday November 7.
Monday October 19 - Friday October 23
(Meditation 5-7am and 7-9pm. Participants can stay during the day at the Zen Center or leave for work.)
Cost: $100; $50 deposit due by Friday October 16.