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

Climate Change

Potluck at 6:00 p.m.
Presentation and Discussion 7:00-9:00 p.m.
May 27, June 24
No fee; register in advance by phone or email
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Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, June 7- July 26.

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, June 9- July 28.

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday July 23.
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Buddhist Studies Course: Mindfulness in Depth

Finding True Happiness: The Four Noble Truths

Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, April 6 - May 25.
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Introduction to Zen Meditation

A two-class introduction to Zen meditation and related practices.

No fee; pre-registration required.
Mondays, April 11 and April 18, 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Sangha Retreats

Weekend Sesshin at Compassionate Ocean Dharma

Fri, May 20, 7pm – Sun, May 22, 12pm
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Weekend Sesshin at Ryumonji Monastery

Fri, June 17, 7pm – Sun, June 19, 1pm
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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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