Susan Myoyu Andersen, Roshi, the spiritual director of Great Plains Zen Center (GPZC) studied for over twenty years with Taizan Maezumi Roshi at the Zen Center of Los Angeles.
In 1978, she was ordained as a Buddhist monk and in 1995 Maezumi Roshi gave her Shiho (Dharma transmission), authorizing her to become a Zen teacher (Sensei). In May of 2005, Myoyu received the title of Roshi from the White Plum Asanga and also received inka from Dennis Genpo Merzel, Roshi. GPZC is a member of the White Plum Asanga, an organization consisting of Dharma heirs of Maezumi Roshi and their successors.
Myoyu Roshi is also the mother of two children. In addition to her responsibilities as a mother and as the spiritual director of GPZC, she works as an occupational therapist for children with developmental disabilities.