Prairyerth Zen Center

Buddhism In The Heart Of Topeka


A little about us

Prairyerth Zen Center is located in Topeka, Kansas and is an affiliate member of the Kwan Um School of Zen. We are a community of people committed to the practice of zen meditation. 

Getting Started is Easy

Try 20 Minutes

Commit to sitting every day 

Attend an Introductory Class

First Tuesday of the month 6:30 pm
Introduction to Zen Meditation on Zoom
To register please email

Attend a Meditation or Retreat

We meditate a few times weekly
Meditation Schedule

We offer 1 and 2-day retreats
Retreat Schedule


Learn More on Your Own

Get inspired

Read inspirational thoughts from our Guiding Teacher

Zen Thoughts

Interested in Reading More

Review a list of books to deepen your knowledge

Suggested Readings

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear to the Zen center?
You’ll want to wear something modest and either baggy or stretchy that allows you to move comfortably.  Long pants are preferred.  Socks are also preferred. more

Can I come and observe, or will I be expected to participate?
You’ll get the most out of the experience if you participate to the extent that you’re able. more

Do you have accommodations for people with disabilities?
Our practices are held at First Congregational Church of Topeka. The areas we use are all on one floor. The restroom is wheelchair accessible. Also, all of our practices are available on Zoom. more

What does it cost to attend the Zen center?
There is no cost to attend the Zen center, although donations are accepted. more

How can I start to practice meditation?
As with any practice, the most important factor in starting  Zen meditation is a clear, strong resolve to JUST DO IT.  more

Do I have to become Buddhist in order to do Zen meditation? 
Zen meditation practices can be used with any other religious practice – a teacher can help guide your Zen meditation to tailor it to s well as enhance your own spiritual growth and beliefs. more

Contact Prairyerth Zen


Practice Schedule


Upcoming Retreats

About Us

Practice is held at:
First Congregational Church
1701 SW Collins
Topeka, KS 66604 

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