Zen Buddhist study
an ancient, yet living tradition
Often Zen practice is associated with sitting meditation, but Zen is much more than that. Zen adepts study and practice how to live wholeheartedly, and seek to awaken to the truth of existence. There are various methods and techniques offered in Zen toward this aim, including silent sitting meditation as well as other forms. Traditionally, the Zen Way is studied under a teacher, and within the context of a spiritual community.
Zen emphasizes simple practices, like seated meditation, as methods toward experiencing truth. Anyone with sincere intention can study Zen. We offer a range of study, from casual practice to studentship, apprenticeship, or even full time training.
Zen Buddhism has its roots in ancient China. It emphasizes community & sustainability. As it spread into Korea & then Japan, it permeated the fabric of these far eastern cultures, and its influence is deeply rooted there to this day. Within the last 100 years or so, Zen has been introduced to Europe and the Americas. The Detroit Zen Center opened in 1990 as a spiritual branch of Sudeok-sa Temple in South Korea. Our founder is a Zen monk who trained for more than 20 years under Korean masters, but was born in Detroit.
The Detroit Zen Center aims to offer an holistic opportunity for zen practice, as a year-round residency for monks and students. We welcome students, members and the public to join us for a range of opportunities, detailed in our schedule page.
A good place to start if you are a newcomer to the Center, or a beginner in zen practice, is to register for a Tuesday/Thursday night or Sunday morning Newcomer's Session. You may also apply for a weekend retreat or the Dharma Workers Program, or sign up as a Temple Stay guest.
We also have public gardens open daily at the Center, and are near completion of our public green roof, which will offer tours & tea.