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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.

Fall 2023 Newsletter
Now Available Online


Introduction to Mindfulness Course (MBSR)

Fall: Tuesdays, Sept. 19 - Nov. 7 (6:30–9:00 P.M.)

Winter: Tuesdays, Jan. 23 - Mar. 12, 2024 

Spring: Tuesdays, April 2 - May 21, 2024

Buddhist Studies Course

Fall: Wednesdays, Sept. 20–Nov. 8 (7:00–9:00 P.M.)

Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course

Mondays, Sept. 11 & 18 (7:00–9:00 P.M.)

Welcome Session for New People

Sunday, Sept. 17 (9:00–11:15 A.M.)

Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk

Sundays, 9:00–11:15 A.M.

Weekday Meditation

Mondays–Fridays, 7:00–8:00 A.M.

Weekend Sesshin

Friday, Oct. 6–Sunday, Oct. 8

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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.

Upcoming Courses

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

Fall 2023

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

Tuesdays, Sept. 19–Nov. 7

6:30–9:00 P.M.


This class includes  a one-day

retreat on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course

Fall 2023


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

Mondays, Sept. 11 & 18

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Buddhist Studies
Taking Care of Karma: 
Katagiri Roshi's Lectures on Karma

Fall 2023

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

Wednesdays, Sept. 20–Nov. 8

7:00–9:00 P.M.

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

7:00–8:00 A.M.

Sesshin (Retreats)

Fall 2023

Friday, Oct. 6, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, Oct. 8, 11:15 A.M.

at Compassionate Ocean

Winter 2023 - Rohatsu

Friday, Dec. 1–Friday, Dec. 8

at Compassionate Ocean

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