Dharma Transmission

In the Valley of the Moon, Santa Rosa, CA on May 20, 2018 Genmyo gave Dharma Transmission
to Brenda Chiko Beck Hess. Chiko lives in Prescott AZ and is a medical doctor at the VA hospital
and leads a small sitting group. May this alleviate suffering for all beings and nurture compassionate action.

Labor Day Sesshin / Anniversary Celebration

The Labor Day sesshin (Aug 29 - Sep 3) will end with PZCís 25th anniversary celebration at Noon on Monday, Sep. 3rd. at the Prairie Zen Center (515 S. Prospect Ave., Champaign) beginning with a meal. Vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free items will be available.

We see this occasion as an opportunity to come together to appreciate and celebrate the centerís 25 years of existence, as well as a chance to share our common experience and re-connect with old friends. In addition, there will be a short program including formal dedications, appreciations and remembrances.

All are invited along with their guests and it is requested that those wishing to attend the celebration notify PZC via email (pzc@prairiezen.org).

Zendo Schedule

All sittings are at 515 S. Prospect, Champaign (NW corner of Green and Prospect). All times are Central Time.

Weekly Schedule

Weekdays (Mon.-Fri.): 6:00 a.m. to 6:50 a.m.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: Evening sitting from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday: Open Sitting - 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Thursday: Class 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. - Open Sitting 7:30 to 9:00

 8:45 a.m. Samu (cleanup)
 9:00 a.m. Zazen/Kinhin (Dokusan available)
 9:30 a.m. Zazen Instruction
 10:40 a.m. Service
 11:00 a.m. Dharma talk
You are welcome to join Sunday sittings at the beginning of any sitting period. Zazen instruction is available at 9:30 a.m. During sesshin, the regular schedule is suspended.


PZC holds 3 one day practice periods each year. They are on Saturdays from 9:00am until 4:00pm with a pot luck lunch from Noon until 1:30. The day includes sitting and walking meditation periods, a Dharma talk and private meetings with a teacher. All are welcome to attend, including non-members. Donations to the Center are appreciated. For information email pzc@prairiezen.org.
The next zazenkai will be October 13.


Text "The Empty Valley Collection, Volume 1," translated by Thomas Cleary
The class is via skype at specific locations on Thursday evenings from 6:30 -7:15 PM Central Time.
Registration for class required, donation requested.
Please sign up by contacting pzc@prairiezen.org

Phone Schedule

Phone practice consultations are by prior arrangement.
Please email genmyo@prairiezen.org at least two days in advance for appointment and confirmation.

Evanston Sangha

The Zen Group of Evanston meets Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the home of Sue Museki Sommers. Everyone is welcome. Email tornsue@aol.com or call (847)859-2433 for info and directions.

Norman Sangha

The Norman Zen Group meets Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 6:00 to 7:00 AM at Simply Yoga, 501 N Porter , Suite 130 (enter at rear of building), and Sundays from 9:30 to 10:45 at Ashtanga Yoga Studio, 120 E Tonhawa, Norman OK. All are welcome. Contact: Cindy Seishin Cuccia (405) 245-8970.

Springfield Sangha

The Sangamon Zen Group meets Thursdays from 7:15 to 8:00pm and Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30am at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 745 Woodside Road in Springfield. All are welcome. Contact: Ed Mushin Russell (217)528-4834.

Sesshin Schedule

The following is our schedule for upcoming sesshin. Except as noted, all sesshin begin at 7:30 pm the first evening and end at 12:00 noon the last day followed by an informal lunch. At 6:00 pm the first evening there is an orientation for first-time participants. Part time attendance is possible.

    Aug 29 (Weds) to Sept. 3 (Mon - Labor Day)
    Nov 8 (Thu) to 11 (Sun)

PZC E-Mail - pzc@prairiezen.org