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


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

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


2016 Membership Campaign Now Under Way

You are invited to become a sustaining member of Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center. Membership is encouraged for everyone who would like to support the continued life and development of the Center.
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For a Future to Be Possible Event

Paris Global Climate Summit
Fridays, February 12th and March 11th, 7:00-9:00 pm
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Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, January 19 - March 8

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, January 21 - March 10

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday March 5.
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Buddhist Studies Course: Mindfulness in Depth

Mindfulness of Dharma - The Factors of Awakening

Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, January 20 - March 9
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Introduction to Zen Meditation

A two-class introduction to Zen meditation and related

No fee; pre-registration required.
Mondays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Sangha Retreats

Day of Mindfulness Saturday
Jan. 23, 9:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Weekend Sesshin Friday
Feb. 19, 7:00 P.M.-Sunday, Feb. 21, Noon

Weekend Sesshin at Ryumonji Monastery
Friday, March 18, 7:00 P.M.-Sunday, March 20, 1:00 P.M.
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Weekly Gatherings

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

Orientation to Zen Meditation

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

Meditation Schedule

Wednesday morning, 7:00-8:45 A.M.

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