Zen Center


    a living tradition

Current Offerings for the Public:

Intro to Zen with Meditation Instruction:
Tuesdays, 7pm
Sundays, 9am

New & Full Moon Dharma Talks
Last Sunday each month:
Meditation & Walk at historic Elmwood Cemetery


Working to Shine our Corner of the World

Founded in 1990, the Detroit Zen Center is a full time, inner-city center and community.  We are located in the center of Detroit, in a highly urban, diverse 2.5 square mile City-district Hamtramck.  Zen monks & students live on-site.

Zen practice & training aims to dissolve our individual self-centered consciousness and habits into a mind and way of life that expresses an inter-connection with all things.  Supporting students in this aim is our main purpose.

As an organization, we also model sustainable community & practices.  Our Abbot and founder Hwalson Sunim, along with resident monks, students & volunteers, have devoted 30 years to shining this corner of the world.  We offer a daily schedule of zen meditation, as well as apprenticeship, zen courses, volunteer days, retreats, Templestay, a public green roof, reclaimed gardens, & plant-based meals & service.  


In addition to our City Center, we have a Retreat Center in the Porcupine Mountains of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


The Community 

Membership is open to the public.  Members keep the Zen Center afloat, with no attendance requirements, but with access to the daily schedule of practice & events. We suggest a 2 week trial membership for those exploring, then a suggested minimum monthly donation of $30/month.  Become a member, membership benefits & details HERE.

Apprenticeship (formal study) with the Abbot & Vice-Abbot who are Zen monks is available.  The first step is membership.  Please inquire for more information.

For the public we offer meditation instruction, Templestay, retreats, plant based meals, a green-roof, rain garden & tea house.  A good place to start is an introductory session on Sunday morning or Tuesday evening.