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.

keep it simple

The Poem, "Life and Death", that Genmyo read during a Dharma Talk at the November sesshin is posted on the Dharma Text page.


The March sesshin begins the evening of Thursday, the 19th and ends midday on Sunday, the 21st.

Read More

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

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There is a 2 minute video of Joko on YouTube in which she describes practice.

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