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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, 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.


Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk

Sundays, 9:00–11:15 A.M. 

Weekday Morning Meditation

Mondays–Fridays, 7:00–8:15 A.M.

Fall Introduction to Mindfulness Course (MBSR)

Tuesdays, Sept. 20–Nov. 8 (6:30–9:00 P.M.)

Fall Buddhist Studies Course:

        Suffering and Its Transformation

Wednesdays, Sept. 21–Nov. 9 (7:00–9:00 P.M.)

Welcome Session for New People

Sunday, Sept. 25, 9:00, 11:15 A.M. 

October Weekend Sesshin

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

Judith Ragir Book Event

Sunday, Oct. 30 (10:00–11:15 A.M.)

Introduction to Zen Practice

Monday, Nov. 7 (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 strongly recommended.

  • Masks are required while inside the building.

  • Please do not visit if you are feeling ill.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

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


Upcoming Courses

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

Winter 2022

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.

Fall 2022


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

Monday, Nov. 7

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Winter 2022

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.

Details coming soon!
Buddhist Studies
Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching

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.

Retreats (Sesshin)

Fall 2022

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

Friday, Nov. 11, 7:00 P.M.–Saturday, Nov. 12, 9:00 P.M.

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

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