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 of Green.
Maps and directions

 Full vaccinations for COVID are required for attendance at the Center. Online attendance via Zoom will continue to be available.


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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"Ordinary Life, Wonderous Life" by Genmyo is available in PDF format. For info, visit the Books page


The next sesshin will be Jan 12th to the 17th. It will be a combination of on-site and virtual. For info visit the Sesshin page


PZC offers Zoom connectivity for our weekly practice sessions and sesshin. For info visit the Schedules page


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