Special Events

All gatherings take place at Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center, ​652 17th Avenue NE, Minneapolis​, MN 55413, unless otherwise noted.

Reception for the Ordination of Michael O'NealMichael

Sunday, June 10 at 11:00 A.M.

On May 20 Michael O’Neal was ordained as a Zen priest by Rev. Shoken Winecoff. The ceremony took place at Ryumonji Zen Monastery in northeastern Iowa. Michael received the name “Zuisen Genpo,” meaning “Auspicious Spring, Facilitation of Universal Virtue.” On Sunday, June 10 Michael will give a talk at Compassionate Ocean at 10:00 A.M. on his path to ordination, followed by a reception at 11:00 A.M.


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, June 22, July 13

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.