An American tradition of a Korean Zen lineage


The Detroit Zen Center is an urban residence, meditation and community center in Hamtramck, for monks, students & the general public. All are welcome.  Hamtramck is a 2.5 square mile city-district in the center of Detroit, with over 30 ethnic groups.

Founded in 1990 as a branch of Sudeok-sa, a 1,300 year-old temple in South Korea, our mission is "to provide a place for the study and practice of Zen Buddhism through meditation, manual work and the arts".  Abbot and founder Hwalson Sunim has been a monk for over 40 years, having trained extensively in both North America and Korea.

Basic instruction in meditation and an introduction to Zen Buddhist practice and philosophy is given on Sunday mornings.  (Please see 'Calendar'.)  Daily meditation sessions, retreats, seasonal courses, yoga classes & various events are also offered. 

To financially support the Zen Center its monks & residents operate an on-site organic store, food business, and pop-up cafe:  Living Zen Organics.  While employing a few neighbors and supporting local farms & businesses, Living Zen Organics is an attempt to actualize principles of sustainability and community-building.

We also rely on and gratefully accept donations as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Donations by guests and students are tax-deductible and help with ongoing expenses, repairs & upkeep of the nearly 100 year-old facility. 

For any inquiry, contact the Detroit Zen Center at 313.366.7738 or info@detroitzencenter.org.