Welcome Message

Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. The activities of the Center cultivate awareness of the essential beauty and dignity of life coming from full engagement with life-as-it-is.

Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is named after Jikai Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the root teacher of Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. Jikai, Compassionate Ocean, refers to reality itself, which always holds us and bathes us with compassion. Even though we may not be aware of it, even though we may be experiencing a lot of suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha's compassion.

The Center offers programs in Zen practice and study as well as programs in mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Program Highlights

Our website is updated periodically, primarily in February for Spring activities, May for Summer activities, August for Fall activities, and December for Winter activities.

For the most current information, please refer to the Calendar tab.




More information on Events

For a Future to Be Possible: Facing Climate Change

This monthly series of events is focused on the unfolding crisis of climate disruption and the many issues related to it, including what we can do.

Potluck at 6:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Fridays, March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22

No fee; register in advance by phone or email


Buddhist Studies Classes

More information on Buddhist Studies

Buddhist Psychology Series: Who Am I?

Wednesdays, March 28-May 16 (eight sessions) 7:00-9:00 P.M.



Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

More information on MBSR including upcoming course offerings

Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction

Spring 2018

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, March 27-May 15

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, March 29-May 17

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday, May 12




More information on Retreats

Sangha Retreats

Day of Zen Practice

Saturday, April 14, 7:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Weekend Sesshin at Ryumonji Monastery

Friday, May 18, 7:00 P.M.-Sunday, May 20, 1:00 P.M.



More information on Gatherings

Weekly Gatherings- Meditatation and Dharma Talks

Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00 -11:15 A.M.
Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30-11:00 A.M.

Weekday Meditation Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 7:00-8:15 A.M.

Thursday evenings, 7:30-8:40 P.M

Welcome Sessions

Friday, March 23, 9:30-11:00 A.M.
Sunday, March 25, 9:00-11:15 A.M.

Orientation to Zen Meditation

Basic instruction in Zen sitting practice offered
Sunday mornings at 8:15 A.M.

Introduction to Zen Practice

A two-class introduction to Zen meditation and related practices.
No fee; pre-registration required.

Mondays, April 2 & 9, 7:00-8:30 P.M.



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