Additions to the Center Grounds

A major building project on the Zen Center grounds has recently been completed. Thanks to the generosity of Al Daijin Kamnick and to the artistry and skill of Jeff Smith, the Center has a beautiful new fence and deck area. This addition not only adds esthetic qualities to the grounds but provides spaces for various activities, from socializing to quiet contemplation and even zazen and sanzen during sesshin.

This addition to the Center is dedicated to Mary Kamnick, the late wife of Al Daijin, and to all those who have supported, and continue to support, the Prairie Zen Center in it's efforts to practice and nourish the Awakened Way. A dedication ceremony was officiated by Genmyo at the close of the May sesshin.

Deep bows and gassho to all those who make the existence and function of Prairie Zen Center possible

A few photos of the new additions included HERE.

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 to 6:35 AM

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 5:15 to 5:45 PM

Thursday: Class 6:30 to 7:15 PM

Sunday Morning:
Sanzen (interview with teacher) available
 9:00 Zazen/Kinhin
 9:30 Zazen Instruction
 10:40 Service
 11:00 Dharma talk
You are welcome to join Sunday mornings 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 several 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
Zazenkai Dates:
  October 12, 9 AM - 4 PM


The Thursday evening class is from 6:30 to 7:15pm at the Center and via Skype. It is a practice with, and discussion of, the Bodhisattva precepts using verses by Bodhidharma and Dogen.

Phone Schedule

Phone practice consultations are by prior arrangement.
Please email at least three 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 or call (847)859-2433 for info and directions.

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.

   November 7 (Thu) to 11 (Mon - Veterans Day)
   January 15 (Wed) to 20 (Mon - MLK Birthday) 2020

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