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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.


Mondays: Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course

Summer: Jun. 10 ~ Jun. 17

Fall: Sep. 16 ~ Sep. 23

Tuesdays: Introduction to Mindfulness (MBSR)

Summer: Jun. 11 ~ Jul. 30

Fall: Sep. 24 ~ Nov. 12

Wednesdays: Buddhist Studies

Summer: Jun. 12 ~ Jul. 31

Fall: Sep. 25 ~ Nov. 13


Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk

Sundays, 9:00–11:15 a.m.

Welcome Session for New People

Sep. 15, 9:00–11:15 a.m.

Weekday Meditation

Mondays–Fridays, 7:00–8:00 a.m.

Thursdays, 7:30–9:00 p.m. (June & July only)


Retreats (Sesshins)

Sesshin at Ryumonji

Friday, Jul. 19–Sunday, Jul. 21

August Practice Period

Monday, Aug. 26–Monday, Sep. 2, @ Hokyoji

Sesshins at Compassionate Ocean

Friday, Sep. 27–Sunday, Sep. 29

Friday, Oct. 25–Sunday, Oct. 27

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Everyone is welcome to attend Sunday and Weekday gatherings in person or via Zoom. Pre-registration is required for courses and sesshins.

Upcoming Courses

Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course

Fall 2024

This course will be offered fully in-person at
Compassionate Ocean Zen Center.


Mondays, Sep 16 – 23

7:00–9:00 P.M.

This course consists of two Monday classes

Introduction to Mindfulness (MBSR)

Summer 2024

This course will be offered fully In-Person at Compassionate Ocean Zen Center.


Tuesdays, June 11 – July 30

6:30–9:00 P.M.


This class includes  a one-day

retreat on Saturday, July 27.

Buddhist Studies
Summer Topic: How the Mind Works

Summer 2024

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

Wednesdays, June 12 – July 31

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Classes consist of zazen (sitting meditation), instructor presentation & discussion

Ongoing Programs

Meditation & Gatherings

Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk

In-Person and via Zoom


Sunday Mornings

9:00–11:15 A.M.

Weekday Meditation

In-Person and via Zoom


Monday–Friday Mornings

7:00–8:00 A.M.

Thursday Evenings

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Sesshins (Retreats)

Ryumonji Monastery

Friday, July 19, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, July 21, 11:15 A.M.

Hokyoji Zen Practice Community

Monday, August 26, 5:00 P.M.–Monday, September 2, 2:00 P.M.

Compassionate Ocean Zen Zenter

Friday, Sep. 27, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, Sep. 29, 11:15 A.M.

Friday, Oct. 25, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, Oct. 27, 11:15 A.M.

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