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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The phone hour and class schedules have resumed as of March 30th. Select the link below to view the current schedule.


The May sesshin begins the evening of Wednesday, the 20th and ends midday on Monday, the 25th. Genmyo will lead this sesshin.

Read More

Genmyo has an article titled "On Being Spacious" on the Watkins Books website.

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Click below to read an update from Genmyo on his recovery from surgery.