Open Meditation

Mondays–Fridays, 7:00–8:00 A.M. 

Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talks

Sundays, 9:00–11:15 A.M. 

Summer Buddhist Studies Course

June 9–July 28 (Wednesdays 7:00–P.M.)

Practice Period at Hokyoji

Aug. 30 –Sept. 6

Special Fall Reopening Event

Sunday, Sept. 12 (9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.)

Fall MBSR Course

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

Fall Buddhist Studies Course

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

Introduction to Zen Practice Course

Monday, Sept. 27 & Oct. 4, (7:00–9:00 P.M.)

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

Summer 2021 Newsletter now available

   In this issue:

  • Zen in the Time of Zoom

  • 2021 Spring Appeal letter

  • Summer Programs 2021

  • Meet Our 2021 Board of Directors

  • Meet our New Staff Member

  • Photos

Program Highlights


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

Fall 2021

Tuesdays, September 21–November 9

6:30–9:00 P.M.


This class includes  a one-day

retreat on Saturday, November 6.

Buddhist Studies

What is Buddha?

Summer 2021

Online class via Zoom

Wednesdays, June 9–July 28

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Buddhist Studies Course

Fall 2021

Wednesdays, September 22–November 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.

All programming is currently held via Zoom. We plan to return to in-person programming at our Center in September. 

Please contact us for Zoom sign-in information.

Stay tuned for more details.


Whatever COVID guidelines are appropriate for the fall will be followed. Individuals who are unable to attend in-person are invited to participate remotely. We plan to continue to provide a Zoom option for meditation gatherings for the foreseeable future.