Joen O’Neal and Michael O’Neal are the guiding teachers of the Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center. They practiced for many years with Dainin Katagiri Roshi at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center and Hokyo-ji Zen Monastery. They have also practiced with Thich Nhat Hanh in France and the United States, and completed a training for professionals with Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Joen was ordained as a Zen priest by Dainin Katagiri in 1980 and received Dharma transmission from him in 1989. 

Michael was ordained as a Zen priest by Shoken Winecoff in 2018.