Welcome

Compassionate Ocean Zen Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening for the benefit of all. 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 in times of great suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha’s compassion.

The Center offers programs in Zen practice and study. We also offer the nationally-acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program quarterly.

Happenings

Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk

Sundays, 9:00–11:15 A.M. 

Weekday Morning Meditation

Mondays–Fridays, 7:00–8:15 A.M.

Spring Introduction to Mindfulness Course

Tuesdays, Mar. 29–May 17 (6:30–9:00 P.M.)

Spring Buddhist Studies Course:
     The Wonderful Teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh

Wednesdays, Mar. 30–May 18 (7:00–9:00 P.M.)

Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course

Mondays, May 9 & 16 (7:00–9:00 P.M.)

Open House During Art-A-Whirl Weekend

Friday, May 20 (5:00–10:00 P.M.)

Saturday, May 21 (Noon–8:00 P.M.)

Sunday, May 22 (Noon—5:00 P.M.)

Summer Introduction to Mindfulness Course

Tuesdays, June 8–July 26 (6:30–9:00 P.M.)

Summer Buddhist Studies Course:

     Seven Gates of Liberation

Wednesdays, June 9–July 27 (7:00–9:00 P.M.)

Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course

Mondays, June 20 & 27 (7:00–9:00 P.M.)

COVID-19 Information

We are now open for in-person activities (effective March 15, 2022)!

Many activities will continue to be offered by Zoom as well. We look forward to seeing you again whenever you are comfortable visiting in person!

 

Pre-registration is required for courses and sesshins. Everyone is welcome to attend Sunday and Weekday gatherings.

 

  • Full COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) is required.

  • Masks are required while inside the building.

  • Physical distancing will be practiced.

  • Please do not visit if you are feeling ill.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Summer 2022 Newsletter Now Available Online

   In this issue:

  • "Taking Refuge in Buddha" by Michael O'Neal    

  • Spring Appeal Letter from Board Co-Chairs

  • Summer course descriptions and sesshin announcements

  • Annual Meeting recap, photos, and board of directors feature 

  • 2022 Summer and Fall Activities Calendar

  • Recognition of Community Members in Service

  • Art-a-Whirl Open House and Intro to Zen Practice Mini-Course dates

Current Courses

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

Spring 2022

This course will be offered fully in-person at
652 17th Ave NE in Minneapolis.

Tuesdays, March 29–May 17

6:30–9:00 P.M.

   

This class includes  a one-day

retreat on Saturday, May 14.

The Wonderful Teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh

Spring 2022

This  course will be held in-person at the Center, with an option for remote participation via Zoom if requested.

Wednesdays, March 30–May 18

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Buddhist Studies

Upcoming Courses

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

Summer 2022

This course will be offered fully in-person at
652 17th Ave NE in Minneapolis.

Tuesdays, June 7–July 26

6:30–9:00 P.M.

   

This class includes  a one-day

retreat on Saturday, July 23.

Future Course Dates​​​

  • Sept. 20–Nov. 8, 2022 

Summer 2022

This  course will be held in-person at the Center, with an option for remote participation via Zoom if requested.

Wednesdays, June 8–July 27

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Future Course Dates

  • Sept. 21–Nov. 9, 2022 

Buddhist Studies

Ongoing Programs

Meditation & Gatherings

Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk

 

In-Person and via Zoom

Sunday Mornings

9:00–11:15 A.M.

Weekday Morning Meditation

In-Person and via Zoom

Monday–Friday Mornings

7:00–8:15 A.M.

New: Thursday Evening Meditation

 

During June & July

Thursday Evenings

9:00–11:15 A.M.7:30–9:00 P.M.

Retreats (Sesshin)

Summer 2022

Friday, June 10, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, June 12, noon.

Friday, July 15, 5:30 P.M.–Sunday, July 17, 1:00 P.M. (at Ryumonji)

Monday, Aug. 29, 5:00 P.M.–Monday, Sept. 5, 2:00 P.M. (at Hokyoji)

Fall 2022

Friday, Oct. 14, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, Oct. 16, noon.

Friday, Nov. 11, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, Nov. 13, noon.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 7:00 P.M.–Thursday, Dec. 8, 8:15 A.M. (Rohatsu)