a living tradition
Founded in 1990
the Detroit Zen Center is a place for Zen Buddhist study and practice. At the heart of Zen study is contemplation on the nature of the self, also called Zen meditation. This study can lead to the realization of true peace. We welcome anyone interested in exploring this practice to study here.
The Detroit Zen Center is a residency for both monks & students, & offers a full schedule for non resident students & members. We welcome anyone interested in taking up regular practice here to contact us, and we will invite you to join one of our student meditations where you will receive basic meditation instruction, and later discuss membership & study.
Under normal circumstances, we have many public offerings, including: 'First Sundays', Meditation Classes, Retreats, a Temple Stay Guest Program, plant-based meals & education through 'Living Zen Organics', public gardens & a green roof.
Our situation related to Covid-19:
We are only open to members and students, for a daily schedule of meditation & volunteer projects. We are currently closed to the public except for our Sunday Sitting & Walking Meditation at Elmwood Cemetery. We also offer our meditations via ZOOM. Please contact us for an invitation to join us at Elmwood, or click on the link below. In-person student meditations are limited to 8 people at a time, we will take temperatures upon entry, and require face coverings except inside the meditation hall. Hand sanitizer is available in main areas and bathrooms. We have set up the meditation hall with 8' between each seat.
For ZOOM meditation links, please contact us!