Who We are

The Grand Rapids Zen Center an American Buddhist Temple and Zen Center whose roots are in the Hua Yen (Huayan/Chinese) school. By that we mean that we emphasize the interdependent and interbeing of all things, the emptiness of all phenomena, the inherent Buddha nature in all beings, and the bodhisattva aspiration. The Hua Yen school is the foundation of the Zen school. The Avatamsaka Sutra is our foundational teaching. Additionally, we stress inclusiveness and a living experience of the Buddha-Dharma. We strive to bring the Buddha Dharma to the everyday lives of the Sangha. Our Sangha is primarily made up of folks who have full time jobs and families so we emphasize practical applications of the Buddha’s teaching. For those who wish for a more dedicated Zen practice we offer training in that area as well. As one can see from our schedule of classes and events, we offer a full array of basic and advanced classes, regular meditation periods, and special services. We also are a social group and meet frequently as a community for potlucks and discussions. We strive to have a warm and welcoming temple where everyone is welcome regardless of spiritual tradition or life style choice. Children are always welcome to our services and we provide children’s activities during our Sunday services. For more information please feel free to contact Rev. Ai Su, our abbot, at kimberly.hillebrand@gmail.com or 269.929.6894.    

We are located at 451 South Division Avenue Grand Rapids MI (click here for google map)

Our Practice: 

The Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple and Zen Center’s inclusive practice centers on meditation, chanting, scripture study, inter-faith dialogue, and community service. We place a high level of importance on the study of the Buddhist scriptures as well as those of various Zen Masters.

Our Sangha: 

In our tradition the congregation is called “Sangha,” which means a community of monks and lay people who come together to share a life under the guidance of the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, the patriarchs, and other holy men and women. We are open to everyone and anyone who seeks spiritual development and practice in a Zen Buddhist context.

Our Organization and Staff: 

The Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple and Zen Center is under the leadership of our Guiding Teacher who is responsible to our board of directors who are chosen by the Sangha. We operate on a donation basis only in keeping with our practice of generosity (dana). We hope that every person who participates with us will find it of value and will support our efforts by sharing their time as well as making a donation. No one is turned away from any of our activities for financial reasons.

Our Staff:

                   The Venerable Deok Wun, Guiding Teacher and Abbot                        

         The Venerable Hun Su, Associate Abbot and Precepts Master

          Rev. Ahm Kwang, Senior Dharma Teacher

          Kathryn Suseon Doran-Fisher, Head of Children's Dharma School