Compassionate Ocean Zen 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 Zen Center is named after Jikai Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the root teacher of Joen 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

Position Opening: Administrative Director

Click here for position description. 

Hiring process underway.

Not accepting new applications at this time. 

Program Highlights

All Programming will be conducted online via the video-conferencing platform Zoom.

You can find more information on how to use Zoom here

Please email the Center for Zoom sign-in information. 


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Total Dynamic Living: Introductory Program in Mindfulness

Winter 2021

Online class via Zoom

   Tuesdays, January 26 - March 16 

   6:30 9:00 P.M.


   This class includes  a one-day

   retreat on Saturday, March 13

Buddhist Studies
Let the Flower of Your Life Force Bloom

Winter 2021

Online class via Zoom

Wednesdays, January 20 - March 10

7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

Meditation & Gatherings

Weekly Gatherings- Meditation & Dharma Talks

Sunday Morning Gatherings (via Zoom)

9:00–11:15 A.M

Open Meditation Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday mornings (via Zoom)

 7:00–8:00 A.M.

Thursday evenings (via Zoom)

7:30–-8:40 P.M.

Please email the Center for Zoom sign-in information


Compassionate Ocean Zen Center

652 17th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Phone: 612-781-7640

Email: admin@OceanDharma.org

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