Compassionate Ocean Zen Center

652 17th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55447

Phone: 612-781-7640



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

Current Events

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

Winter 2020

   Tuesdays, 6:309:00 pm

   Jan. 21 - March 10
   St. Paul
   Thursdays, 6:309:00 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

7:009:00 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

Meditation & Gatherings

Weekly Gatherings- Meditation & Dharma Talks
Open Meditation Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday mornings:

 7:00–8:15 A.M.

Thursday evenings:

7:30–-8:40 P.M.

Orientation to Zen Meditation

Sunday mornings

 8:15 A.M.

Sunday Morning Gatherings:

9:00–11:15 A.M

Friday Morning Gatherings:

9:30–11:00 A.M. 

Buddhist Studies
  • 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

Introduction to Zen Practice

Winter Zendo Music Night