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.

Special Notices!  

*There will be no sangha gatherings on Friday, April 18 or Sunday, April 20 due to the Ryumonji retreat.  Please join us for the retreat.


One Day Retreat

Saturday, June 21, 9AM - 4:30PM
681 17th Avenue NE, Suite 210, Minneapolis

Weekend Retreat at Ryumonji Monastery

Friday, April 18, 5:30PM - Sunday, April 20, 2:00PM
Location in northeastern Iowa

Spring and Summer Program Highlights

Introductory Programs in Mindfulness

Offered in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Tuesdays or Thursdays beginning week of June 3, 2014.

Buddhist Studies courses

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Mondays, April 7–May 19

Great Gatherings

Friday, May 30, 7p.m.

The registration form is available here for printing and mailing or you may register online.