Application for Membership


515 S. Prospect, Champaign, IL 61820-5043

You are invited to become a member of the Prairie Zen Center. PZC is a member of the Ordinary Mind Zen School whose purpose is to manifest and support practice of the Awakened Way, as expressed in the teaching of Charlotte Joko Beck. Membership provides an opportunity to both support the work of the Center and to deepen one’s commitment to practice.

Zen communities have always relied on the generosity of their supporters. This support is not only critical for the continuation of the Center, but also demonstrates, that, at the most basic level, we are all connected and interdependent. Giving is an integral part of the path of practice, and leads us to the realization of our deep bond with one another and all living beings.

While the Center is open to all with out regard to affiliation, membership ensures continued access to a teacher. After one year of membership, members may vote in the annual election to choose the board of directors.

Members are encouraged to pledge financial support at a level appropriate to their means and their desire to support the Prairie Zen Center. The recommended level of support donation for local members is $40 or more per month; for non-local members, $25 or more per month. Students and others on limited incomes should adjust their contribution according to their financial situation. The Zen Center is a non-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible.

You can print, fill out and mail the form below to the address at the top of this page.
You can also send an email to with the informtion requested.


Prairie Zen Center Membership Form


Address: Street___________________________________________________________

City___________________________ State________ Zip Code___________

Phone Number__________________________ e-mail____________________________

Appreciating the importance of ongoing practice, I agree to support the Center financially according to my means. My minimum monthly support* donation will be __________. I will notify the treasurer if it is ever necessary to adjust this commitment downward.

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*May be paid monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually.

____  I do not wish to become a member at this time but wish to support the Center

with a donation of _______.