Special Events

All gatherings take place at Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center, ​652 17th Avenue NE, Minneapolis​, MN 55413, unless otherwise noted. If you are coming for the first time, please call the Center in advance to confirm our schedule at 612-781-7640.

Ordination of Michael O'NealMichael

Sunday, May 10 at 10:00 A.M.

On Sunday, May 20 at 10:00 A.M. Michael will be ordained as a Soto Zen priest by Rev. Shoken Winecoff.

Rev. Winecoff is the abbot of Ryumonji Zen Monastery and a Dharma heir of Dainin Katagiri Roshi, who brought Soto Zen to the Midwest.

The ceremony will take place at Ryumonji in northeastern Iowa, about 3½ hours by car from Minneapolis. The ceremony is open and visitors are warmly invited to attend, either for just the ceremony or for the weekend sesshin which will precede the ceremony. The ceremony will take about an hour and a half and will be followed by a reception and lunch. For further information, please contact the Center as early as possible at (612) 781-7640.


For a Future to be Possible

Facing Climate Change

Photo with this quote by Thich Nhat Hanh: Every one of us can do something to protect and care for our

Potluck at 6:00 P.M.

Presentation and Discussion at 7:00-9:00 P.M.

Fridays, March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22

Facilitated by Michael O'Neal

This is an ongoing series of events to help us become more aware, knowledgeable, and active in preserving the natural and social health of our world. It is one of the great challenges of our time to find a way of living that is truly sustainable and in harmony with our planet and with each other.

Each evening is a “stand-alone” event, so people can attend any that they wish. Most evenings will be a combination of sharing information and group dialogue. Winter sessions will focus on information from the Global Climate Summit in Paris, the developing scientific understanding of climate disruption, psychological barriers and supports, and actions we can take.

There are no fees, but sign up in advance by emailing the Center at admin@OceanDhar​ma.org, including whether you will be attending the potluck.

Also email if you would like to be added to the “For a Future” email list.


General Registration Information

Early registration is encouraged. You may print and mail the registration form or register online  (in the Program Fees section).  If this will be your first sangha retreat with Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center, please call the Center in advance. Partial participation in multi-day retreats is possible–please call to discuss.