Welcome Message

The 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.

The 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

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

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, March 31 to May 19

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, April 2 to May 21

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday, May 9
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Buddhist Studies Course

Mindfulness of Body, Mindfulness of Dharma
Wednesdays, April 1 - May 20 (8 sessions)
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One-day sittings
Saturday, Feb. 21, 9:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Weekend Retreat at Ryumonji Monastery
Friday, March 20, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, March 22, 1:00 P.M.
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Special Events

Introduction to Zen Meditation: One session instruction
7:00-8:00 P.M. Mondays, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 30 Free
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Weekly Gatherings and Meditation Schedule

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

New: Meditation Schedule
Wednesday morning beginning January 7, 6:30-8:15 A.M.
Friday evenings, Jan. 23 and Feb. 20, 7:30-8:40 P.M.
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