Elihu Genmyo Smith - Guiding Teacher

Genmyo Elihu Genmyo Smith began his Zen training in 1974 at the Zen Studies Society in New York with Soen Nakagawa Roshi and Eido Shimano Roshi. He continued his training at Zen Center of Los Angeles, where he was ordained by Hakuyu Maezumi Roshi in 1979. After completing formal koan study with Maezumi Roshi in 1984 he continued his training with Charlotte Joko Beck at Zen Center of San Diego. Genmyo received Dharma transmission (shiho) and authorization to teach from Joko in 1992. He currently lives in California and travels to Illinois six times a year to lead sesshin at PZC. Genmyo is a co-founder of the Ordinary Mind Zen School and is the author of "Ordinary Life, Wondrous Life" which is published by the Prairie Zen Center and "Everything is the Way: Ordinary Mind Zen" published by Shambhala.

Ed Mushin Russell - Resident Teacher

MushinEd Mushin Russell began formal Zen training with Genmyo in 1999. After taking the precepts (jukai), serving as Genmyo's attendant for 8 years and completing koan study, he recieved Dharma transmission (shiho) and became Genmyo's Dharma heir in 2015. Ed splits his time between the Prairie Zen Center in Champaign and the Sangamon Zen Group in Springfield. He also periodically visits the affiliated groups in the Chicago area.

Jim Shojo Zivic - Resident Priest

MushinJim Shojo Zivic began Zen training at the San Francisco Zen Center where he received lay ordination in 1980. He later practiced at the Berkeley Zen Center and the Berkeley Buddhist Priory (Order of Buddhist Contemplatives). Shojo moved to the Midwest and became a student of Genmyo in 2003. He was ordained as a priest by Genmyo in 2016 and now lives at Prairie Zen Center.