The Detroit Zen Center

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. The Abbot and founder Hwalson Sunim is a monk of 40 years, with extensive training in North America and Korea.   

Specifically, we hold:

--'First Sundays', a workshop & brunch held the first Sunday of the month from 9am-12pm.  Though designed for beginners all are welcome.  Meditation insstruction is given by resident monks, followed by group meditation, a Dharma Talk & diaolgue.  It ends in the cafe with organic vegan brunch served at 11am.

After attending 'First Sunday' folks may attend any other Sunday meditation.  To attend week-day meditation membership is required.

Stools and benches are available in addition to cross-legged sitting mats.  The donation to attend 'First Sunday' is $20, or $15 for students/seniors.  This donation includes the brunch. For other Sunday sittings we suggest a $5-10 donation.

--Weekday morning and evening meditation for members.  Membership is by monthly donation, and open to anyone who has attended a 'First Sunday', & plans to or has taken the Zen Course, held seasonally.  
--Introduction to Zen courses seasonally.

--Silent retreats every month (weekend or 5-day).

-- Residential apprenticeship study (apprentices live at the Zen Center and follow the daily schedule), available by application.

--Short or long-term rental of private rooms in the adjacent residency (Sangha House), available by application.

--An onsite-organic cafe & store, Living Zen Organics, a non-profit business that supports the Center and employs students & neighbors.

--Public Yoga classes on Saturday mornings, and Taoist Yoga classes on Tues, Wed & Thurs mornings.

Please check the 'Calendar' for times, dates and details.  For a residency or apprenticeship application, please contact the Director.

As a non-profit organization,  The Detroit Zen Center relies on donations by members, guests, & the public. Donations are tax-deductible.  Please contact the Director for membership details:  313.366.7738

WRITE-UPS ON THE ZEN CENTER!  (click to follow links)

DETROIT NEWS & MODEL D (about the cafe)

Current Events

'First Sundays' 
UPCOMING: January 7: 9am - 12pm
Zen meditation intro, group meditation, dialogue & organic brunch.

Volunteer Day & Open House
Work Projects:  9am - 3pm (Work is fun!)
Open House:  11am - 1pm (Tour & Tea)
Open to the public by appointment please!
Upcoming dates:  Saturday January 9 & 23

Overnight Meditation
To Honor the date of Buddha's Awakening
Friday Jan 15, 10pm - Saturday Jan 16, 4am 

Upcoming Retreats
Working Retreat:  Feb 1, 7pm - Feb 5, 6am  
$100  ($
-Please read description on 'calendar' page.

Zen Course
3 Tuesdays:  Feb. 17, 24, March 3
and finishes on Sunday, March 6
By registration only.  
This class is the requirement for membership.
Students should attend all classes.  $150