Ahm Koh David Beighley - Administrative Abbot
Ahm Koh first received Jukai in 2009 from the Myoshinji Temple in Monroe, WI in the Soto Zen tradition under Teacher Myoru Roshi. Then in 2012, Ahm Koh joined the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple, receiving precepts in 2012 and then ordaining as a Teaching monk in 2017.
As the Administrative Abbot, Ahm Koh oversees the infrastructure of the temple, receives requests from outside individuals and groups for visits, and is the point of contact for potential students desiring instruction and advancement. He also responds to and initiates correspondence regarding the temple, assists in overseeing the Recovery meetings and facilitates clergy 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.
Ahm Kwang Tony Benac - Teaching Abbot
Ahm Kwang began studying Buddhism in 2007 and received the precepts at the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple in 2012. He was then ordained as a Dharma Teacher in 2015 and as a Teaching Monk in 2017.
As a Teaching Abbot, Ahm Kwang assists in overseeing the Recovery meetings and also coordinates the temple’s social media accounts. He is currently the Treasurer for the Board of Directors as well.
Additional Experience: BSBA: Accounting, GVSU; CPA, State of Michigan; and a U.S. Army Veteran.
An Su Ryan Doran-Fisher - Abbot of Curriculum and Program Content Development
An Su formally accepted the precepts in 2007 from the Buddhist Society for Compassionate Wisdom. He completed the Dharma Worker Program (2008) at the Ann Arbor Zen Buddhist Temple and was later ordained there as a Dharma Teacher (2012) through the Maitreya Buddhist Seminary. An Su was ordained as a Teaching Monk at the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple in 2015.
As the Abbot of Curriculum and Program Content Development, An Su is responsible for developing, caring for, and administering the training program curricula for clergy and interested lay people looking for deeper temple engagement. This includes meditation courses, fundamentals courses, seminary, precept training, and lay student training programs.
Additional Experience: BA and MA in both Philosophy and World Literature. 12 years experience teaching college level philosophy. Sat on the Board of Directors for a 3-year term for Green Tree Food Cooperative in Mt. Pleasant and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Tara’s Meadow Education and Retreat Center on Beaver Island since 2008.
Suseon Kathryn Doran-Fisher - Family Programs Abbot
Suseon formally accepted the precepts in 2007 from the Buddhist Society for Compassionate Wisdom. She has been involved in the Ann Arbor Zen Buddhist Temple’s family program since 2008 and is a member of the Zen Buddhist Peace Camp clergy and organization committee. Suseon started leading the children’s program at the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple in 2013 and was ordained as a Dharma Teacher in 2017.
As the Family Programs Abbot, Suseon is responsible for engaging parents and children in the Buddha Dharma through curriculum planning and implementation of the children’s “Sangha School” program. She is the head of the Family Program Committee incorporating children and adult’s involvement in the All-Sangha Ceremonies and Holidays. She also currently sends out the weekly newsletters and e-alerts and updates the website and calendar with current and upcoming events.
Additional Experience: Homeschooling mother of three children. Former instructor at the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education (2005). Small business owner with a private practice of counseling individuals as a Certified Naturopath.
Yong Su Mark Hepper - Teaching 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 assists in overseeing the Buddhist Recovery meetings. He also coordinates the schedules for open meditation, Dharma talks, and classes. He manages the Temple Boutique.
Additional experience: Completed a 5-year course in Teacher Training in the Unity School of Christianity. He facilitated a weekly interfaith service for 8 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.
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 at the temple and also serves as the “temple gardener”, taking care of the 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 President : Jeff Wolfe