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


Open Meditation

Mondays–Fridays, 7:00–8:00 A.M. 

Weekly Gatherings—Meditation & Dharma Talks

Sundays, 9:00–10:15 A.M. 

Fall MBSR Course

Tuesdays, Sept. 21–Nov. 9 (6:30–9:00 P.M.)

Fall Buddhist Studies Course

Wednesdays, Sept. 22–Nov. 10 (7:00–9:00 P.M.)

Rohatsu—Buddha’s Enlightenment Sesshin

Wednesday, Dec. 1–Wednesday, Dec. 8

Special Reopening Event

Date To Be Determined

Fall 2021 Newsletter Now Available Online

   In this issue:

  • "The First Practice"

  • Fall Programs 2021

  • Reopening Plans

  • Donor Acknowledgements

  • Community Announcements

  • Photos

Program Highlights


Intro to Zen Mini-Course

This course will be offered on Zoom. 

Mondays, October 4 & 11

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
A Thorough Introduction to Mindfulness Practice

Fall 2021

This course will be offered on Zoom. 

Tuesdays, September 21–November 9

6:30–9:00 P.M.


This class includes  a one-day

retreat on Saturday, November 6.

Future Course Dates

  • Jan. 18–Mar. 8, 2022

  • Mar. 29–May 17, 2022

  • June 7–July 26, 2022

  • Sept. 20–Nov. 8, 2022 

Buddhist Studies

Finding Ultimate Nature in Everyday Life


Fall 2021

This course will be offered on Zoom.

Wednesdays, September 22–November 10

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Future Course Dates

  • Jan. 19–Mar. 9, 2022

  • Mar. 30–May 18, 2022

  • June 8–July 27, 2022

  • Sept. 21–Nov. 9, 2022 

Meditation & Gatherings

Weekly Gatherings- Meditation & Dharma Talks

Sunday Mornings (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.

Programming will continue to be offered via Zoom this fall. We will offer the option to return in-person when it is safe to do so.

Please contact us for Zoom sign-in information.


Compassionate Ocean’s COVID Advisory Committee is monitoring COVID-19 developments and health guidelines as we move toward reopening the Center. The Committee will determine appropriate protocols for in-person programming when it is safe to do so (please check OceanDharma.org for updates).


Upon reopening, individuals who are unable to attend in-person are invited to participate via Zoom, which we plan to continue offering for most activities for the foreseeable future.