An American tradition of Korean Zen


The Detroit Zen Center is an urban residence, meditation practice 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, home to over 32 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.

We offer instruction and access to the meditation and community aspects of the Zen Center through a Sunday intro. & talk, week-day meditation sessions, retreats, seasonal courses & various gatherings.  In addition, we host therapeutic yoga classes twice each week, and operate an onsite organic food business.  

While we gratefully accept donations as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Zen Center aims to financially support itself through its organic food business:  Living Zen Organics.  As a pop-up cafe, food distribution business & store, we work as a community, employ a few neighbors and support local farms & businesses.  This business pays operating expenses, yet we still rely on donors and students for repairs & upkeep of our nearly 100 year old facility. 

For further inquiry, contact the Director at 313.366.7738 or info@detroitzencenter.org.