Welcome to Prairie Zen Center

Our guiding teacher is Elihu Genmyo Smith, first Dharma Heir of Charlotte Joko Beck and co-founder of the Ordinary Mind Zen School. PZC's practice leader is Ed Mushin Russell, Dharma Heir of Genmyo. Our schedule includes weekly sittings, periodic workshops, and sesshin six times a year.


PZC is located at 515 S. Prospect
(N.W. Corner of Green and Prospect)
in Champaign, Illinois. This view is
from the driveway entrance off Green.
For maps and directions, go HERE


These pages include Dharma talks in audio and text formats, the current newsletter and links to other sites. Please consider making a donation to PZC so that we may continue to provide these resources.

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Schedules and event updates are available in the newsletter section of this site.


The May sesshin begins at 7:30pm on the 25th (Wed), ends at Noon on the 30th (Mon) and will include a Shuke Tokudo (priest ordination) for Jim Shojo Zivic.

Sesshin Page

On Saturday, August 13th, There will be a Zazenkai (one day practice period). Visit the Events page for details.


Audio recordings of Genmyo's talks can be heard via the Dharma page.

Dharma Page