Thursday, February 12, 2015

Two Upcoming Events

On Friday April 17, 7:30 pm, Dave Peters, author of "Who Is Singing In Chinese? Notes From A 100-Year Zen Retreat," will read from his book and answer questions.

Our co-sponsor, Orange Sky Yoga, is hosting this reading, which is free and open to the public. OSY is located at Blue Earth Place (corner of So 3rd St and Fort Riley Blvd, Manhattan, KS). Please use the staircase on the SE side of the building near the Radina's drive-thru.

On Saturday April 18, Dave will lead a retreat and give consulting interviews. 

The retreat will begin at 5:45 am and end at 4:15 pm. We will bow, chant and sit together in a one room limestone school house in the Flint Hills, ten minutes from downtown Manhattan, KS.

The retreat is open to the public. Cost is $45 for the general public, $30 for members of the Kwan Um School of Zen, and free for Dharma Teachers and Dharma Teachers-in-training.

Retreat fees include breakfast, but not lunch. Please bring a sack lunch. 

You may sign up for the retreat one of three ways:

RSVP via our meetup at

RSVP via our Facebook page at

Or shoot us an email at

Dave Peters is abbot and senior dharma teacher of the Isthmus Zen Community in Madison, Wisconsin. He began Zen practice in 1973 at Shasta Abbey, Mt. Shasta, California, under the direction of Roshi Jiyu-Kennett. For many years he wandered in and out of zendos and dharma halls in California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin, carefully avoiding commitment to any tradition. In 1997 David began practice in the Kwan Um School of Zen with Zen Master Dae Kwang and William Brown, JDPSN, and in 2007 received bodhisattva teacher precepts from guiding teacher Thomas Pastor, Zen Master Ji Haeng.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Tallgrass Zen Retreat

February 6-8, 2015

Weekend Meditation Retreat 

Deep Creek Community Center 

In the beautiful Flint Hills

3223 Deep Creek Road
Manhattan, Kansas

This retreat welcomes newcomers and experienced practitioners. Instruction given in bowing, chanting, seated meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, four bowl style vegetarian meals. Retreat includes private kong-an interviews with our Guiding Teacher Linc Rhodes JDPSN. 

Retreat begins Friday at 6:30pm and runs through noon on Sunday. Late entry times: 5:45 am; 8:30 am; 1:00 pm and 6:15 pm. 

Full retreat $150 general public; $130 Kwan Um members; $110 Dharma Teachers/ DTIT. Per day $50/$45. To register  e-mail tallgrasszen @, contact us at or call 785-537-8713.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Winter Solstice Retreat and Candlelight Kido

Annual Winter Solstice Retreat and Candlelight Kido. Saturday December 20, 2014 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. Deep Creek Community Center 3223 Deep Creek Road. Entry times: 7:45 am, 11:45 am-12:15 pm; 5:30 pm. Suggested donation $10 - $20. Light breakfast available 7:30 am; Potluck lunch; Dinner will be provided. Retreat includes instruction in chanting, sitting and walking meditation; yoga. Consulting interviews with Senior Dharma Teacher Margaret Wheeler. Tallgrass Zen is affiliated with Kwan Um School of Zen To register contact us at tallgrasszen @

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Kido means "energy way." Chant together, give and receive energy to each other and the world, holding the first great vow in our hearts to save all beings from suffering. 

Tallgrass Zen Center Fifteenth Anniversary Kido Retreat
Saturday October 18, 2014  ~ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Deep Creek Community Center
In Flint Hills 10 minutes from Manhattan, Kansas
Late entry: anytime you like. Bring a percussion instrument.
Breakfast provided. Bring something for vegetarian potluck lunch.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Update on the Retreat

Our teacher, Lincoln Rhodes, jdpsn, has been a little ill and, sadly, will not be coming to Kansas next week. He sends everyone his love.

We are scaling back the retreat to a single day, Saturday June 21, 6 am to 5 pm. We will serve breakfast and tea; you should bring a snack lunch. Senior Dharma Teacher Margaret Wheeler will give consulting interviews. We hope everyone can join us.

Email us at or call 785 537 8713.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Tallgrass Zen Summer Solstice 2014 -- our plans have changed

Public Dharma Talk  with Linc Rhodes JDPSN
Thursday June 19, 2014 7:30 pm
Orange Sky Yoga 227 Blue Earth Place
Manhattan, Kansas

Konza Prairie Morning Bell Chant &Walking Meditation
Friday Morning June 20, 2014 7:30 am

Meditation Retreat at Deep Creek Community Center
Saturday June 21, 6 am  5 pm. Bring a sack lunch
Friday June 20 1:30 pm - Sunday June 22 12:00 pm.
Late entry: Friday 6:15 pm. Saturday 5:45 am; 9:00 am; 1:00 pm. Sunday 5:45 am; 9:00 am.

Overnight camping available on site at Deep Creek Community Center in the Flint Hills, 10 minutes from downtown Manhattan. Retreat includes instruction in chanting, sitting and walking meditation; vegetarian meals served in four bowl silent meditation; interviews with our Guiding Teacher Linc Rhodes JDPSN.

Full retreat $100; Kwan Um Members $90; DT/DTIT $80 Suggested donation: $10 - $20

Tallgrass Zen Center is affiliated with the Kwan Um School of Zen. 
To register for the retreat contact us at 785.537.8713 or tallgrasszen @, 
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Winter Solstice Retreat, Potluck & Candlelight Kido

Deep Creek Community Center 
Saturday December 21, 2013
Meditation Retreat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Potluck 5:30 - 6:45 pm
Candlelight Kido Chanting 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Late entry times: 1:00 pm; 5:00 - 6:45 pm.
This retreat welcomes beginners and experienced meditators. 

Setting is in the Flint Hills, 10 minutes from downtown Manhattan.  
Retreat will include consulting interviews with a Senior Dharma Teacher. 
What to bring: your own lunch; a vegetarian dish to share for potluck dinner.
There is no charge for this event, we accept free will offerings.
Tallgrass Zen Center is affiliated with the Kwan Um School of Zen. 

Contact us at 785.537.8713 or tallgrasszen @