Tell us a bit about how your group was concieved
Great Plains Zen Center, originally called Northwest Chicago Zen Group, began in the years after Myoyu Roshi received Dharma Transmission in 1995 from Maezumi Roshi. Our temple name, Myoshinji, means Subtle Mind Temple. It came from Roshi’s Dharma name, Myoyu (Subtle, Mysterious Harmony) and is another way to refer to Great Plains Zen Center.
After meeting at various locations throughout the Chicago metro area, the group began to meet regularly at Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church in Palatine IL, a northwest Chicago suburb, for weekly sitting. We have been meeting there ever since. During this time, GPZC rented various retreat facilities for sesshin in Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois.