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, September 22 - November 10

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, September 24 - November 12

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday November 7.
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Introduction to Zen Practice with Joen

A two-session introduction to Zen meditation and related practices.
No fee; pre-registration required.
Mondays, September 21 & 28, 7:00-9:00 P.M.

Buddhist Studies Course: Mindfulness in Depth

Mindfulness of Dharma - The Hindrances

Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, September 30 - November 18
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Sangha Retreats

Weekend Sesshins
Friday, Oct. 2, 7:00 P.M.-Sunday, Oct. 4, Noon

Friday, Oct. 30, 7:00 P.M.-Sunday, Nov. 1, Noon

Rohatsu: Buddha's Enlightenment Sesshin
Tues., Dec. 1, 7:00 P.M.–Tues., Dec. 8, 12:00 P.M.
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Practice Period at Hokyoji

Located in southeastern Minnesota
Seven-day practice period:
Monday Aug. 31, 5:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 7, 2:00 P.M.

Sesshin only:
Friday Sept. 4, 7:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 7, 2:00 P.M.

Weekly Gatherings

Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00 -11:15 A.M.
(The last Sunday gathering before the August break will be on July 26. Sunday gatherings will resume on Sept. 13.)

Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30-11:00 A.M.
(No Friday gathering on June 19. The last Friday gathering before the August break will be on July 31. Friday gatherings will resume on Sept. 11.)

Meditation Schedule

Wednesday morning, 7:00-8:45 A.M.
Thursday evenings, 7:30 P.M.-8:40 P.M.
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