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Compassionate Ocean Zen Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. 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 though we may not be aware of it, even though we may be experiencing a lot of suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha’s compassion.

The Center offers programs in Zen practice and study as well as programs in mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Program Highlights

All Programming will be conducted online via the video-conferencing platform Zoom, for the time-being. You can find more information on how to use Zoom here.

Current Events

For a Future to be Possible

Facing Climate Change

This monthly series of events is focused on the unfolding crisis of climate disruption and the many issues related to it, including what we can do.

Fridays, April 24, May 22

No fee; register in advance by phone or email.

Note that our gatherings will take place on Zoom for the time-being


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Total Dynamic Living: Introductory Program in Mindfulness

Summer 2020

Online class via Zoom

   Tuesdays, 6:309:00 pm

   June 23 - August 11


   This class includes  a one-day

   retreat on Saturday, August 8

Everybody Has a Light - Zen and the Energy of Life

Spring 2020

Online class via Zoom

Wednesdays, April 8 - May 27

7:00-9:00 P.M.

Mondays, April 20 & 27, 7-9 P.M.

A two-class introduction to Zen meditation and related practices. 

This mini-course will take place on Zoom.

No fee; pre-registration required. 


Weekend Sesshins at Compassionate Ocean

  • Friday, May 1 - Sunday, May 3

(more information)

Meditation & Gatherings

Weekly Gatherings- Meditation & Dharma Talks
Open Meditation Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday mornings (via Zoom, starting April 6)

 7:00–8:15 A.M.

Thursday evenings (via Zoom, starting April 9):

7:30–-8:40 P.M.

Orientation to Zen Meditation

Sunday mornings (suspended indefinitely)

 8:15 A.M.

Sunday Morning Gatherings:

9:00–11:15 A.M (via Zoom starting April 5)

Friday Morning Gatherings:

9:30–11:00 A.M. (suspended indefinitely)

Buddhist Studies

Introduction to Zen Practice

Position Opening: Admin. Director

Detailed information will be posted at a later date

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