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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.

Winter 2024 Newsletter
Now Available Online


Mondays: Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course

Winter: Mar. 4 ~ Mar. 11

Tuesdays: Introduction to Mindfulness Course (MBSR)

Winter: Jan. 23 ~ Mar. 12

Spring: Apr. 2 ~ May 21

Wednesdays: Buddhist Studies Course

Winter: Jan. 24 ~ Mar. 13

Spring: Apr. 3 ~ May 22

Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk

Sundays, 9:00–11:15 a.m.

Sunday Welcome Sessions for New People

Mar. 17, 9:00–11:15 a.m.

Weekday Meditation

Mondays–Fridays, 7:00–8:00 a.m.

Weekend Sesshins

Friday, Feb. 23–Sunday, Feb. 25

Friday, Mar. 15–Sunday, Mar. 17

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We are open for in-person activities.

Many activities are offered on Zoom as well. 


Everyone is welcome to attend Sunday and Weekday gatherings. Pre-registration is required for courses and sesshins.

Upcoming Courses

Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course

Winter 2024

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

Mondays, Mar. 4 ~ 11

Two Session Course

7:00–9:00 P.M.

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

Spring 2024

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

Tuesdays, Apr. 2–May 21

6:30–9:00 P.M.


This class includes  a one-day

retreat on Saturday, May 11.

Buddhist Studies
Topic: TBA

Spring 2024

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

Wednesdays, Apr. 3–May 22

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)

Winter 2024

Friday, Feb. 23, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, Feb. 25, 11:15 A.M.


Friday, Mar. 15, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, Mar. 17, 11:15 A.M.

All Winter Sesshins will be held at Compassionate Ocean

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