Susan Myoyu Andersen, Roshi
Rev. Susan Myoyu Andersen, Roshi, the spiritual director and resident teacher of Great Plains Zen Center studied for over twenty years with Taizan Maezumi Roshi at the Zen Center of Los Angeles. In 1978, she was ordained as a Buddhist nun and in 1995 Maezumi Roshi gave her Shiho (Dharma transmission), authorizing her to become a Zen teacher. She later received inka from Genpo Merzel Roshi.
Myoyu Roshi is a mother and grandmother. She studied music and was active as a composer for a number of years. Myoyu Roshi worked for many years as an occupational therapist in the school system, serving differently-abled children and adults in various settings. She is active in her community with organizations that serve groups of people who are underrepresented. She is learning and introducing regenerative agriculture practices in the Great Plains Zen Center gardens and grounds in Monroe, Wisconsin.
John Gendo Wolff, Roshi
John Gendo Wolff, Roshi has been a Zen practitioner for over 30 years. He received Jukai (lay ordination) from Dennis Genpo Merzel, Roshi, on August 1, 1992. On July 15, 2006, he was ordained as a priest in the White Plum lineage by Myoyu Roshi. In June 2012, he received Dharma Transmission (Shiho) from Myoyu Roshi, and on April 21, 2018, she conferred inka. Gendo Roshi is the resident teacher at Great Wave Zen Sangha, in Ludington, Michigan. He is the author of The Driftwood Shrine: Discovering Zen in American Poetry. He currently works as a college professor, is married, and has raised three children.