Dharma Council

Ven. Dr. Am Koe Beighley Su
Administrative Abbot

Am Koe first received Jukai in 2009 from the Myoshinji Temple in Monroe, WI in the Soto Zen tradition under Teacher Myoru Roshi. Then in 2012, Am Koe joined the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple, receiving precepts in 2012 and then ordaining as a Teaching Monk in 2017.

As the Administrative Abbot, Am Koe receives requests from outside individuals and groups for visits, and is the point of contact for potential students desiring instruction and advancement. He also facilitates the Dharma Council meetings, responds to and initiates correspondence regarding the temple. He also assists in overseeing the Buddhist-Based Recovery meetings

Additional Experience: BA: English/Psychology; MA: Human Relations & Organizational Development; PhD: Family Psychology; PhD: Business Management; U.S. Army Veteran; and a published author of a book on family systems and family-owned business endeavors.

Ven. Ai Su Kimberly Hillebrand

Shuji Valdene Mintzmyer
Dharma Teacher and Class Administrator

Shuji Valdene Mintzmyer is an ordained Dharma Transmitted Soto Zen Buddhist Priest in the Katagiri Linage. She first began her Buddhist practice over 35 years ago and was ordained in 2011. She has trained at Shasta Abbey, Mt. Shasta, CA; Great Vow Zen Monastery, Clatskanie, OR; Ryumonji Monastery, Dorchester, Iowa; and at the Shogaku Priest Ongoing Training program, Fresno, CA. Especially meaningful is her part in interfaith and community outreach programs, including those in Omaha, NE; Des Moines, Iowa; and in Grand Rapids, MI.

Shuji will provide ongoing Dharma Talks and lead clssses at the Temple.

Additional Experience: Shuji holds a Bachelors in Fine Art and Economics, with a minor in Asian Studies; and a Masters in Business, with focus on Organizational Behavior and Statistical methods, both from University of Nebraska. A Master Tailor, Shuji is one of only a few Buddhist Priests to create traditional Soto Zen Buddhist Priest garments. Shuji has been an Entrepreneur most of her professional career. Presently, she is the sole proprietor of Zen Monk Wear, a business providing monastic priest garments to international clergy and lay practitioners. Shuji is the head teacher in the Soto Zen Buddhist group “Just Sit” in Grand Rapids, MI.

Rev. Yong Su Mark Hepper
Assistant Administrative Abbot

Yong Su joined the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple in 2012. He received the gift of the precepts in 2013. He also received the gift of the Bodhisattva Commitments in 2016. He was ordained as a Dharma Teacher in 2019.

As a Dharma Teacher he coordinates the schedules for open meditation, Dharma talks, and classes; and assists with Dharma Council administrative duties. He also assists in overseeing the Buddhist-Based Recovery meetings.

Additional experience: Completed a five-year course in Teacher Training in the Unity School of Christianity. He facilitated a weekly interfaith service for eight years. He also coordinated chaplaincy activities in The Friends Meeting in Grand Rapids. Prior to moving to Grand Rapids he was employed in several companies in Silicon Valley in various management positions. He is a Navy veteran.

Ven. Hung Su Stephen Sampson
Abbot Emeritus

Hung Su trained at the Van Hanh Temple in Lansing (2007) and Muddy Water Zen Center in Royal Oak. He was ordained as a Dharma Teacher and Teaching Monk at the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple in 2015.

Hung Su retired from active clergy duties in the summer of 2019. He continues to facilitate the weekly Dharma and Sutra Discussion groups on Thursday mornings and also serves as the “temple gardener,” taking care of the bodhi tree and plants during the week.

Additional Experience: Trained with GVSU Physics professor and veteran meditation practitioner, Dr. Karen Gipson for 17 years. Former Brother Superior of the Los Angeles and Houston Texas Houses of the Catholic Missionary Brother of Charity.

Board of Directors

Jan Ensing, President/Secretary
Jacob Luker, Treasurer
Alizae Holliman, Director
Kent Robbins, Director