Great Plains Zen Center
The Great Plains Zen Center is a Zen Buddhist temple and community in the lineage of the late Taizan Maezumi Roshi. We are part of the White Plum Asanga, a worldwide network of Zen Centers established by Maezumi Roshi and his Dharma Successors. GPZC is also a member organization of Zen Peacemakers International. Our teacher is Rev. Susan Myoyu Andersen, Roshi, one of Maezumi Roshi’s twelve original Dharma successors. Myoyu Roshi has one Dharma heir, John Gendo Wolff, Roshi, who leads the Great Wave Zen Sangha in Ludington, Michigan.
The Great Plains Zen Center is located near the town of Monroe in rural south central Wisconsin. Having gotten its start in the metro Chicago area, GPZC continues to offer Sunday night sitting at Countryside Church in Palatine, Illinois. Our affiliate, Zen Sitting Group Dekalb offers monthly sitting.
Great Plains Zen Center holds monthly retreats ranging in length from a weekend to seven days as well as monthly half-day sittings. Introductory workshops and classes are held monthly. Special events, such as classes for children, classes relating to the arts and Zen, and other aspects of practice are held periodically. Dates of upcoming events can be found on our Events Calendar.
We encourage you to read our Who We Are page to learn more about our organization and its leadership.
We welcome all, regardless of experience level, to come and practice with us.