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About Membership

Membership in Compassionate Ocean Zen Center is an expression of support for the purpose and programs of the Center. Membership is encouraged for all who participate on an ongoing basis, as well as those who simply would like to help make possible the continued existence of the Center.

The Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. We offer mindfulness courses, community practice gatherings, retreats, and other activities to deepen the integration of meditation practice and beneficial action into our daily lives.


Sangha is a term used in the Buddhist tradition to refer to a community of people gathered together to practice Dharma, the way of truth and wholeness. Participation in the Compassionate Ocean Sangha is open to everyone who wishes to come together for this purpose. Our practice is in the Zen Buddhist tradition, incorporating Soto Zen and Thich Nhat Hanh styles.

Sustaining Members provide the bedrock of support for our Center.  Membership is the largest source of contributions to the Center, providing about one-third of our total financial support. The donations of Sustaining Members help support our teachers, Joen and Michael; administrative staff; program expenses; and building expenses, including utilities, maintenance, insurance, and supplies. The Center depends on dedicated supporters to sustain our financial health.


Members receive discounts on many program fees. Those wishing to become a member or renew their commitment of support are asked to fill out a pledge form each year. Please see below.

All members who pledge on or before September 30 and whose membership is paid in full are eligible to elect members to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting. 

Checks payable to Compassionate Ocean may be mailed to:

Compassionate Ocean Zen Center
652 17th Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Compassionate Ocean is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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