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.

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 ourPotluck at 6:00 P.M.
Presentation and Discussion at 7:00-9:00 P.M.

Fridays, April 21 (Earth Day Eve), May 26, June 23

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.

In the Footsteps of the Buddha

Saturday, April 14, 2017 7:00-9:00 P.M.

Presented by Sue Harrington and Terry Miller

In October of 2016 Sue and Terry had the privilege to be part of "In the Footsteps of the Buddha—a Deer Park Sangha Pilgrimage" in northern India led by Shantum Seth, a native Indian cultural translator and ordained Buddhist teacher in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. They visited the places where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, was born, practiced, became enlightened, taught for forty-five years, and finally died. Along the way they also witnessed the daily lives of Indians now living in those same agricultural regions. Through this experience the down-to-earth reality of Buddha's life and teachings came alive. Sue and Terry will share photos and talk about their "outer" and "inner" pilgrimage.

Sue Harrington and Terry Miller have been members of Compassionate Ocean sangha since 1994, both serving on the Board of Directors and in 1999 receiving lay ordination. They currently practice with Wild Water Meditation Center in Two Harbors, near where they live in Silver Bay, Minnesota.

Offered by donation; please register in advance by contacting the Center at admin@OceanDharma.org.
Place: Compassionate Ocean Zen Center 652 17th Ave. NE, Minneapolis

For any questions, email (admin@OceanDharma.org) or call the Center (612-781-7640).

Download a flyer.


I Take Refuge in Poetry: A Writing Workshop for Difficult Times

Saturday, April 29, 2017 1:00-3:00 P.M.

Led by Mary Jean Port

In this workshop we will read poems that make our hearts leap and sing. Then we will write such poems of our own. Our subject will be daily life. All welcome, no experience necessary. Handout provided: "Ten Poems That Will Get You Through The Night."

Mary Jean Port's poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook of poems is called The Truth about Water. She teaches at The Loft Literary Center, and works independently with students one-on-one. She is a long-time Quaker and has been a member of Compassionate Ocean Zen Center since 2015.

Cost: $30.00 (all proceeds will go to Compassionate Ocean)
Place: Compassionate Ocean Zen Center 652 17th Ave. NE, Minneapolis
Options for registration:
Complete the form on the flyer and mail to Compassionate Ocean Zen Center, 652 17th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Enclose $30.00 check payable to Compassionate Ocean.

Register online by going to http://www.oceandharma.org/membership.html, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the link that reads Donate online. Payment can be entered in the box to the right of "Retreats" under "Program Fees."

For any questions, email (admin@OceanDharma.org) or call the Center (612-781-7640).

Download a workshop flyer.

Welcome Sessions

Friday, March 31, 9:30-11:00 A.M.
Sunday, April 2, 9:00-11:15 A.M.

New people are always welcome at our Sunday and Friday moenig gatherings. To provide a special welcome, welcome sessions that include an orientation to our practice are offered periodically. These are excellent opportunities to find out more if you are curious but haven't got around to coming.

Introduction to Zen Practice

Mondays, April 10 & 17, 7:00-8:30 P.M.

A two-class introduction to Zen meditation and related practices. No fee; pre-registration required.

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.