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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.

Spring 2024 Newsletter
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Mondays: Introduction to Zen Practice Mini-Course

Spring: May 6 ~ May 13

Summer: Jun.10 ~ Jun. 17

Tuesdays: Introduction to Mindfulness Course (MBSR)

Spring: Apr. 2 ~ May 21

Summer: Jun. 11 ~ Jul. 30

Wednesdays: Buddhist Studies Course

Spring: Apr. 3 ~ May 22

Summer: Jun. 12 ~ Jul. 31

Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk

Sundays, 9:00–11:15 a.m.

Sunday Welcome Sessions for New People

May 5, 9:00–11:15 a.m.

Weekday Meditation

Mondays–Fridays, 7:00–8:00 a.m.

Weekend Sesshins

Friday, Apr. 26–Sunday, Apr. 28

Friday, Jun. 7–Sunday, Jun. 9

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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

Spring 2024

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

Mondays, May 613

7:00–9:00 P.M.

This course consists of two Monday classes

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

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
Topic: TBA

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.

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.

Weekend Sesshins (Retreats)

Spring & Summer

Friday, Apr. 26, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, Apr. 28, 11:15 A.M.

Friday, Jun. 7, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, Jun. 9, 11:15 A.M.

All Sesshins will be held at Compassionate Ocean.

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