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.

Zen Meditation and World Transformation: A Talk by Reb Anderson

Reb AndersonSunday, May 21, 2017, 9:00-11:15 A.M. (9:00 zazen and walking; 10:00 talk)
Offered by donation.

Tenshin Reb Anderson is a Senior Dharma Teacher at the San Francisco Zen Center, where beginning in 1967 he practiced with his late teacher, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Tenshin Roshi grew up in Minnesota and has been visiting and leading Zen practice events here since the 1970s.

In this talk Tenshin Roshi will focus on the heart of zazen—Zen meditation practice— and how it relates to the innumerable challenges of living in the world.

Download compete information (PDF).



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, June 23 and July 28

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.