Meditation & Gatherings

Compassionate Ocean Sangha (community) is a group practicing in the Buddhist mindfulness traditions of Soto Zen and Thich Nhat Hanh. Throughout the year we have weekly gatherings that include sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks and discussions, mindful movement, chanting and singing, and other spiritual practices. Dharma talks focus on aspects of Buddhist teaching and their application to everyday life.

Everyone is invited to participate in our sangha gatherings. There are no prerequisites to participate, and people are welcome to come when they wish. There is no fee; donations are welcome.

Weekly Gatherings - Meditation and Dharma Talks

There are two weekly gatherings of the Compassionate Ocean Sangha. There are also single-day and multi-day retreats.


All gatherings take place at Compassionate Ocean Zen Center.
​652 17th Avenue NE,
Minneapolis​, MN 55413.

Please note that our Friday morning sangha gathering has been suspended indefinitely and that our Sunday morning sangha gathering will be conducted online via Zoom, starting April 5. 


Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00–11:15 A.M. (via Zoom, starting April 5)
9:00 sitting, 9:25 walking, 9:35 sitting, 10:00 dharma talk and discussion,
11:15 ending.

Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30–11:00 A.M. (Suspended indefinitely)
Schedule: 9:30 sitting, 10:00 dharma talk and discussion,11:00 ending.

Open Meditation Schedule

You are welcome to come for any part of the schedule.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday mornings: 7:00–8:15 A.M. (via Zoom, starting April 6)
7:00 A.M. zazen (sitting), 7:40 chanting, 8:00 temple cleaning (to 8:15).

Thursday evenings: 7:30–-8:40 P.M. (via Zoom, starting April 9)
7:30 P.M. zazen (sitting), 8:00 kinhin (walking), 8:10 zazen, 8:40 ending.

Welcome Sessions

New people are always welcome at our Friday and Sunday morning gatherings. To provide a special welcome, welcome sessions that include an orientation to our practice are offered periodically. These are excellent opportunities to find out more if you are curious but haven't got around to coming.

Summer 2020: Sunday, June 7, 9:00-11:15 A.M. & Friday, June 12, 9:30-11:00 A.M.

Fall 2020: Friday, Sept. 11, 9:30-11:00 A.M. & Sunday, Sept. 13, 9:00-11:15 A.M.

Orientation to Zen Meditation

Basic instruction in Zen sitting practice.

Please note that our Orientation to Zen Meditation is suspended indefinitely.


No pre-registration needed.

Sunday mornings at 8:15 A.M.


Compassionate Ocean Zen Center

652 17th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55447

Phone: 612-781-7640