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


Weekday Morning Meditation

Mondays–Fridays, 7:00–8:00 A.M.

Weekly Gatherings—Meditation & Dharma Talks

Sundays, 9:00–10:15 A.M. 

Winter MBSR Course

Tuesdays, Jan. 18–Mar. 8 (6:30–9:00 P.M.)

Winter Buddhist Studies Course

Wednesdays, Jan. 19–Mar. 9 (7:00–9:00 P.M.)

Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course

Mondays, Jan. 24 & 31 (7:00–9:00 P.M.)

January Weekend Sesshin

Friday, Jan. 28–Sunday, Jan. 30

Thich Nhat Hanh Memorial Service

Sunday, Jan. 30 10:00–10:15 A.M. 

Katagiri Roshi 33rd Memorial Ceremony

Sunday, Feb. 27 at Ryumonji

Winter 2022 Newsletter Now Available Online

   In this issue:

  • "The Beating Heart of Compassion" by Michael Genpo O'Neal

  • Year-End Appeal Letter

  • Winter Programs Dates and Details

  • Partial Reopening Procedures (subject to improved COVID conditions)

  • Sustaining Member Acknowledgements

  • Community Announcements

  • "August Practice Period at Hokyoji" by Josh Rice

Program Highlights


Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course

This course will be offered on Zoom.

Mondays, Jan. 24 & 31, 7:00-9:00 P.M.

7:00–9:00 P.M.

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

Winter 2022

This course will be offered on Zoom. 

Tuesdays, January 18–March 8

6:30–9:00 P.M.


This class includes  a one-day

retreat on Saturday, March 5.

Future Course Dates

  • Mar. 29–May 17, 2022

  • June 7–July 26, 2022

  • Sept. 20–Nov. 8, 2022 

Buddhist Studies

Winter 2022

This course will be offered on Zoom.

Wednesdays, January 19–March 9

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Future Course Dates

  • Mar. 30–May 18, 2022

  • June 8–July 27, 2022

  • Sept. 21–Nov. 9, 2022 

Meditation & Gatherings

Weekly Gatherings- Meditation & Dharma Talks

Sunday Mornings (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.

Due to COVID, all programs continue to be held via Zoom.

We are developing procedures for limited in-person participation for some activities as health conditions permit. The rollout of the partial reopening is subject to improved COVID conditions. 

Please contact us for Zoom sign-in information.


Compassionate Ocean’s COVID Advisory Committee is monitoring COVID-19 developments and health guidelines as we move toward fully reopening the Center. The Committee will determine appropriate protocols for in-person programming.


Most activities will continue to be offered by Zoom.