The Generations Project

Building on the Ann Arbor Zen Buddhist Temple’s 35-year legacy as a place of peace, community, and Buddhist practice that ripples outward into the world, we seek to create a new center for Buddhist education and training to serve the community for generations to come.

Today, the Temple’s hermitage building is a small, humble house that has aged beyond repair.

We seek your support in transforming this space into a multi-function center to serve the diverse needs of our growing community in the coming decades. This new 7,500-square-foot “green” building will provide dedicated space for Buddhist education, practice and serious residential Zen study, and will support the unmet needs of our burgeoning Zen Families Program and growing sangha.

This will be a once-in-a-generation project for our community, and we’re asking for your help in fulfilling this vision.


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About the Project

When a few of us moved into 1214 Packard Street in 1982, we had no idea that the vacant boarding house would become the home of the vibrant sangha that it is today.

Back then, we had a makeshift altar built of sturdy egg carton boxes with a cloth cover.

Since that humble beginning, our community has grown and thrived. To support this vibrant growth, we are planning to build a new center for Buddhist training and education, which will allow us to:

  • Foster our burgeoning Zen Family program.
  • Train students from near and far who aspire to become Buddhist teachers and priests.
  • Provide adequate space for a growing number of active dharma study groups.
  • Accommodate more residents and visitors.
  • Provide more dedicated retreat space.
  • Offer a wider variety of events and activities.
  • House our clergy, now and in the future.


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Explore the New Building

With an energy-efficient and ecologically forward-thinking design, the new center will provide ample space for our community to continue to meet the opportunities and challenges of our day and age.

From space for family programs and meditation retreats, to quarters for residential training students who represent the next generation of Zen leaders, this new building represents the continuation of our legacy of living out our values of communal harmony, simplicity, and Dharma study.