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

Program Highlights

All Programming will be conducted online via the video-conferencing platform Zoom, for the time-being. You can find more information on how to use Zoom here.


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

Summer 2020

Online class via Zoom

   Tuesdays, 6:309:00 pm

   June 23 - August 11


   This class includes  a one-day

   retreat on Saturday, August 8

Buddhist Studies
Everybody Has a Light - Zen and the Energy of Life

Summer 2020

Online class via Zoom

Wednesdays, June 17 - August 5

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)

 7:00–8:15 A.M.

Thursday evenings (via Zoom)

7:30–-8:40 P.M.

Please email the Center for Zoom sign-in information

Position Opening: Admin. Director

Detailed information will be posted at a later date


Compassionate Ocean Zen Center

652 17th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55447

Phone: 612-781-7640

Email: admin@OceanDharma.org