Weekday Morning Meditation will not take place this week due to Rohatsu sesshin.
It will resume Monday 12/12. 


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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, 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.


Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk

Sundays, 9:00–11:15 A.M.

(will not take place Dec. 4 due to Rohatsu)

Weekday Morning Meditation

Mondays–Fridays, 7:00–8:15 A.M.

(will not take place Dec. 2–9 due to Rohatsu)

Rohatsu: Buddha's Enlightenment Sesshin

Thursday, Dec. 1–Thursday, Dec. 8

Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course

Mondays, Jan. 9 & 16 (7:00–9:00 P.M.)

Winter Introduction to Mindfulness Course (MBSR)

Tuesdays, Jan. 17–Mar. 7 (6:30–9:00 P.M.)

Winter Buddhist Studies Course:

        The Art of Transforming Suffering

Wednesdays, Jan. 18–Mar. 8 (7:00–9:00 P.M.)

Fall 2022 Newsletter Now Available Online

   In this issue:

  • Dharma teaching by Michael O'Neal    

  • Fall course descriptions and special event announcements

  • Recognition of donors

  • Community announcements and photos


We are open for in-person activities.

Many activities will continue to be offered by Zoom as well. 


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


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

  • Masks are required while inside the building.

  • Please do not visit if you are feeling ill.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Courses

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

Winter 2023

This course will be offered via Zoom.

Tuesdays,  Jan. 17–Mar. 7, 2023

6:30–9:00 P.M.


This class includes  a one-day

retreat on Saturday, Mar.4.

Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course

Winter 2023


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

Mondays, Jan 9 & 16

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Winter 2023

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

Wednesdays, Jan. 18–Mar. 8, 2023

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Buddhist Studies
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching
The Art of Transforming Suffering

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.

Sesshin (Retreats)

Fall 2022

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

Winter 2023

Friday, Jan. 27, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, Jan. 29, noon.

Friday, Feb. 24, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, Feb. 26, 11:15 A.M.

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