The Prairyerth Zen Center began informally in 1996 in a small office in Topeka, Kansas. Two aspiring Zen students from the Kansas Zen Center in Lawrence decided to sit together a couple of mornings every week. A third person joined, and the practice was moved to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka where, over time, the sangha grew and Prairyerth Zen Center became a reality.
Prairyerth Zen Center of Topeka is an affliate of the international Kwan Um School of Zen. Our purpose is to further the practice of Zen meditation in accordance with the teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn, a Korean Zen master in the Choyge Order of Zen in Seoul South Korea. Kwan Um means “perceive world sound” or to perceive the sounds of the suffering of this world. To really perceive how much unhappiness and hardship there is, we develop the compassion to help in whatever way we can.