Our Geographical Environment
We are located in Chelsea, Michigan, a city spanning approximately 3.68 square miles with a population of about 5,000 people. Located in the south eastern Michigan, the city of Chelsea is about 45 minutes from a major airport and 25 minutes from downtown Ann Arbor. A quintessential small town dating back to the early 18th Century, Chelsea is perhaps most noted for being the base of Chelsea Milling, maker of Jiffy Mix.
A peaceful and safe community, the city hosts various community events and arts activities throughout the year. Chelsea is also the gateway to the beautiful 25,000 acre Waterloo Recreation Area, where you can experience the beauty of Michigan’s unique wilderness, wildlife and geological wonders in this protected area. A perfect place for nature enthusiasts to enjoy various outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, paddling, and swimming, or experience the spectacle of the migrating sandhill cranes.
The Retreat Center
Spanning over 10 acres, the Retreat Center currently consists of a complex of three buildings: the Chan Hall, the Dharma Hall and the Sangha Residence.
The Chan Hall
The Chan Hall, approx. 10,374 sq. ft., is a two-story building, with a raised sloping ceiling design. The spacious design maximizes natural light, streaming natural sunlight into the interior; it is easy to perceive the changes in weather and time of day while remaining indoors, deepening the Chan Hall’s connection to the natural environment and strengthening its spiritual atmosphere. In addition to the Chan Hall, the upper-level also houses the general office, classrooms, and sleeping quarters. The lower level houses the cafeteria, which is also used for social gatherings after events, in addition to showering facilities.
Since 2012, the Chan Hall has hosted various events including the Chan Kuan retreats, workshops, Chan Kuan Group practices, and Yoga sessions. With such a multi-functional space, the Retreat Center aims to provide a variety of programs to fully benefit each spiritual-seeking individual.
The Dharma Hall
The Dharma Hall, approx. 1,933 sq. ft., is used for various rites and ceremonies. In the Hall, statues of the Śākyamuni Buddha, Eleven-Faced Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, Mañjuśrī Bodhisattva and Samantabhadra Bodhisattva are installed on the main altar. The Hall also houses two additional altars: dispelling misfortunes (消災) and repaying gratitude (報恩), as well as the library, and is an ideal location for the study of sutras, learning ways of practice, and more specifically, deepening our understanding of the Mahayana Buddhism and the Huayen doctrine.
The Sangha Residence
The Sagha Residence is approx. 2,705 st. ft (including the garage), and is the primary residence for the on-site Sangha. In addition to serving as living quarters, it is also the primary area of practice for the Sangha.