Welcome Message

The 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.

The 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.


A Letter to Our Next President:

An Open Letter About the Future of the World


Program Highlights

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

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

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 Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 10.
No fee; register in advance by phone or email
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Sangha Retreats

Day of Mindfulness

Saturday, Jan. 14, 9:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
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Extended Day of Mindfulness

Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M.
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Weekend Sesshin

Friday, March 17, 7:00 P.M. to Sunday, March 19, 1:00 P.M.
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Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction

Spring 2017

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, March 28-May 16.

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, March 30-May 18.

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday May 13.
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Welcome Sessions

Friday, Jan. 6, 9:30-11:00 A.M.
Sunday, Jan. 8, 9:00-11:15 A.M.
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Introduction to Zen Practice

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

Mondays Jan. 23 and 30, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
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Living Zen Series: A Special Year-Long Program of Study and Practice

In this year-long series of courses we will explore Zen approaches to meeting the challenge of human life. Each course will focus on one of the three questions that the ninth-century Chinese Zen monk Zuigan asked himself each day.

Winter 2017: Zen Action

Wednesdays, Jan. 18–March 8 (eight sessions) 7:00-9:00 P.M.

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Weekly Gatherings

Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00 -11:15 A.M.
Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30-11:00 A.M.
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Orientation to Zen Meditation

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

Meditation Schedule

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

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