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.
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.
Fridays, Jan. 24, Feb. 28, March 27
No fee; register in advance by phone or email
Please note that our January 31 Music Night has been postponed. New date to be announced soon.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Total Dynamic Living: Introductory Program in Mindfulness
Tuesdays, 6:30– 9:00 pm
Jan. 21 - March 10
Thursdays, 6:30– 9:00 pm
Jan. 23 - March 12
Both classes include a one-day
retreat on Saturday, March 7
Mindful Speech and Deep Listening
Wednesdays, Jan. 22 - March 11
7:00– 9:00 P.M.
Mondays, Jan. 6 & 13, 7-9 P.M.
A two-class introduction to Zen meditation and related practices.
No fee; pre-registration required.
Weekend Sesshins at Compassionate Ocean
Sunday Morning Gatherings:
Friday Morning Gatherings:
Friday, Jan. 10, 7 P.M -
Sunday, Jan. 12, Noon
Friday, March 13, 7 P.M -
Sunday, March 15, Noon
Weekend Sesshin at Ryumonji Monastery
Friday, Feb. 21, 5:30 P.M -
Sunday, Feb. 23, 1:00 P.M