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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.

Happenings

Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk

Sundays, 9:00–11:15 A.M.

Weekday Morning Meditation

Mondays–Fridays, 7:00–8:00 A.M.

Introduction to Mindfulness Courses (MBSR)

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

Spring: Tuesdays, Mar. 28–May 16 (6:30–9:00 P.M.)

Buddhist Studies Courses

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

Spring: Wednesdays, Mar. 29–May 17 (7:00–9:00 P.M.)

February Weekend Sesshin

Friday, Feb. 24–Sun, Feb. 26

Welcome Session for New People

Sunday, Mar. 5 (9:00–11:15 A.M.)

Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course

Mondays, Mar. 13 & 26 (7:00–9:00 P.M.)

NOTE: Winter Parking Restrictions are in effect in Minneapolis until April 1. Parking is not permitted on the EVEN numbered side of streets. Please park on the far side of the street, across from Compassionate Ocean.

Administrative Director Position Opening

In early February we will be posting a position description for a half-time Administrative Director for Compassionate Ocean. Please check back here soon for more information.

Winter 2023 Newsletter Now Available Online

   In this issue:

  • Dharma teaching by Michael O'Neal    

  • Year-End Appeal Letter from Board Co-Chairs

  • Winter course descriptions and special event announcements

  • Sustaining Member Appreciation

  • Community announcements and photos

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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.

 

  • 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.

Current 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.

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

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.

Upcoming Courses

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

Spring 2023

This course will be offered fully in-person at652 17th Ave NE in Minneapolis.

Tuesdays, Mar. 28–May 16

6:30–9:00 P.M.

   

This class includes  a one-day

retreat on Saturday, May 13.

Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course

Spring 2023

 

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

Mondays, March 13 & 20

 7:00-9:00 P.M.

Mondays, May 15 & 22

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Spring 2023

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

Wednesdays, Mar. 29–May 17

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Details coming soon
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.

Sesshin (Retreats)

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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