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Meditation & Gatherings

Compassionate Ocean Sangha (community) is a group practicing in the Buddhist mindfulness traditions of Soto Zen and Thich Nhat Hanh. Throughout the year we have weekly gatherings that include sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks and discussions, mindful movement, chanting and singing, and other spiritual practices. Dharma talks focus on aspects of Buddhist teaching and their application to everyday life.

Everyone is invited to participate in our sangha gatherings. There are no prerequisites to participate, and people are welcome to come when they wish. There is no fee; donations are welcome.

Weekly Gatherings - Meditation and Dharma Talks

There are two weekly gatherings of the Compassionate Ocean Sangha. There are also single-day and multi-day retreats.


All gatherings take place at Compassionate Ocean Zen Center.
​652 17th Avenue NE,
Minneapolis​, MN 55413.


Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00–11:15 A.M.
Schedule: 8:15 orientation for new people, 9:00 sitting, 9:25 walking, 9:35 sitting, 10:00 dharma talk and discussion,
11:15 ending.

Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30–11:00 A.M.
Schedule: 9:30 sitting, 10:00 dharma talk and discussion,11:00 ending.

Open Meditation Schedule

You are welcome to come for any part of the schedule.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings: 7:00–8:15 A.M.
7:00 A.M. zazen (sitting), 7:40 chanting, 8:00 temple cleaning (to 8:15).

Thursday evenings: 7:30–-8:40 P.M.
7:30 P.M. zazen (sitting), 8:00 kinhin (walking), 8:10 zazen, 8:40 ending.

Orientation to Zen Meditation

Basic instruction in Zen sitting practice.


No pre-registration needed.

Sunday mornings at 8:15 A.M.

Welcome Sessions

New people are always welcome at our Friday & Sunday morning gatherings. To provide a special welcome, welcome sessions that include an orientation to our practice are offered periodically. These are excellent opportunities to find out more if you are curious but haven't gotten around to coming. 

Spring 2020: Friday, March 20, 9:30-11:00 A.M. & Sunday, March 22, 9:00-11:15 A.M.

Summer 2020: Sunday, June 7, 9:00-11:15 A.M. & Friday, June 12, 9:30-11:00 A.M.

Fall 2020: Friday, Sept. 11, 9:30-11:00 A.M. & Sunday, Sept. 13, 9:00-11:15 A.M.

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