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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 (resumes 9/11)

Sundays, 9:00–11:15 A.M. 

Weekday Morning Meditation

Mondays–Fridays, 7:00–8:15 A.M.

August Practice Period at Hokyoji

Monday, Aug. 29–Monday, Sept. 5

Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course

Mondays, Sept. 12 & 19 (7:00–9:00 P.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.)

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.

  • Physical distancing will be practiced.

  • Please do not visit if you are feeling ill.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Summer 2022 Newsletter Now Available Online

   In this issue:

  • Dharma teaching by Michael O'Neal    

  • Summer course descriptions and sesshin announcements

  • Annual Meeting recap, photos, and Board of Directors feature 

  • 2022 Summer and Fall Activities Calendar


Upcoming Courses

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

Fall 2022

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

Tuesdays, Sept. 20–Nov. 8

6:30–9:00 P.M.


This class includes  a one-day

retreat on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Fall 2022


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

Mondays, Sept. 12 & 19

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Mondays, Nov. 7 & 14

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Fall 2022

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

Wednesdays, Sept. 21–Nov. 9

7:00–9:00 P.M.

Buddhist Studies
Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching:
Suffering and Its Transformation

Ongoing Programs

Meditation & Gatherings

Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk


In-Person and via Zoom

Sunday Mornings

9:00–11:15 A.M.

*Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk gatherings will not be held during the month of August. Resumes Sept. 11!

Weekday Morning Meditation

In-Person and via Zoom

Monday–Friday Mornings

7:00–8:15 A.M.

Retreats (Sesshin)

Summer 2022

Monday, Aug. 29, 5:00 P.M.–Monday, Sept. 5, 2:00 P.M. (at Hokyoji)

Fall 2022

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

Friday, Nov. 11, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, Nov. 13, noon.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 7:00 P.M.–Thursday, Dec. 8, 8:15 A.M. (Rohatsu)