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 is available.


These pages include Dharma talks in audio and text format plus links to books and 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 freely available in PDF format. For info, visit the Books page


The next sesshin will be Jan 10 through 15 and will include both in-house attendance and Zoom participation.


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


Audio and video recordings of Genmyo's Dharma talks are available via the Dharma page.