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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.

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

Our website is updated periodically, primarily in February for Spring activities, May for Summer activities, August for Fall activities, and December for Winter activities.

For the most current information, please refer to the Calendar tab.




More information on Events

Compassionate Ocean's Annual Yard Sale

Fri., July 27, 9 A.M.-5 P.M. and Sat., July 28, 9 A.M.-5 P.M.

Sale location: 4140 Xerxes Ave. S., Minneapolis

For a Future to Be Possible: Facing Climate Change

This monthly series of events is focused on the unfolding crisis of climate disruption and the many issues related to it, including what we can do.

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

Fridays, June 22, July 13

No fee; register in advance by phone or email


Buddhist Studies Classes

More information on Buddhist Studies

Mindful Speech and Deep Listening

Wednesdays, June 6-July 25 (no class on July 4) 7:00-8:45 P.M.



Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

More information on MBSR including upcoming course offerings

Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction

Summer 2018

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 P.M., June 5-July 24

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 P.M., June 7-July 26

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday, July 14




More information on Retreats

Sangha Retreats

Days of Zen Practice

Saturday, June 23, 7:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Saturday, July 21, 7:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Practice Period at Hokyoji

Seven-day practice period: Monday Aug. 27, 5:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 3, 2:00 P.M.

Sesshin only: Friday Aug. 31, 7:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 3, 2:00 P.M.



More information on Gatherings

Weekly Gatherings- Meditatation and Dharma Talks

Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00 -11:15 A.M.
Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30-11:00 A.M.

Weekday Meditation Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 7:00-8:15 A.M.

Thursday evenings, 7:30-8:40 P.M

Welcome Sessions

Friday, June 8, 9:30-11:00 A.M.
Sunday, June 10, 9:00-11:15 A.M.

Orientation to Zen Meditation

Basic instruction in Zen sitting practice offered
Sunday mornings at 8:15 A.M.

Introduction to Zen Practice

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

Mondays, June 11 & 18, 7:00-8:30 P.M.



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