The Detroit Zen Center
An American Zen Community with a Korean lineage

Founded in 1990, Detroit Zen Center functions as an urban residence, meditation and community center in the diverse city-district of Hamtramck, in the center of Detroit, a district home to over 30 ethnic groups. All are welcome.

The Center is a branch of Sudeok-sa, a 1,300 year-old temple in South Korea.  Its mission is "to promote peace within individuals and society by providing a place for the practice of Zen Buddhist meditation, manual work and the Arts".  The Abbot and founder Hwalson Sunim has been a monk for over 40 years, with extensive training in North America and Korea.

An introduction to meditation is held Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. (Please see 'Calendar'.) Daily meditation, retreats, and yoga classes are regularly held, with workshops & cultural events offered periodically.

The Zen Center community and a few of its neighbors operate an on-site organic store, food business, and pop-up cafe:  Living Zen Organics.  In supporting local farms and promoting sustainable approaches to food, Living Zen Organics is an attempt to actualize the principle of right-livelihood.

There is no formal membership.  The Detroit Zen Center relies on donations by guests and students.  As a 501(c)(3), donations are tax-deductible and help with general expenses, repairs and upkeep of the nearly 100 year-old facility. 

For further inquiry, contact the Detroit Zen Center at 313.366.7738 or