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

We have a new Administrative Director!

We are pleased to welcome Tara Meade to Compassionate Ocean in March 2021. 

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 Contact Us for Zoom sign-in information. 


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

Spring 2021

Online class via Zoom

   Tuesdays, April 6–May 25

   6:30–9:00 P.M.


   This class includes  a one-day

   retreat on Saturday, May 22

Buddhist Studies
The Spiritual Mirror

Spring 2021

Online class via Zoom

Wednesdays, March 31–May 19

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.

Please Contact Us for Zoom sign-in information