Special Events

Open House During Art-A-Whirl Weekend

Compassionate Ocean Zen Center
May 20–22, 2022


Art-a-Whirl Weekend in NE Minneapolis is one of the largest open art events in the country. Add a visit to Compassionate Ocean to your Art-a-Whirl weekend!

Tour the Center, learn about our programs, meet our Guiding Teachers and community members, and enjoy refreshments.

  • Friday, May 20  (5:00–10:00 P.M.)

  • Saturday, May 21  (Noon–8:00 P.M.)

  • Sunday, May 22 (Noon–5:00 P.M.)

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Free Metro Transit Passes!

Free Passes for each day of Art-A-Whirl are now available for download on NEMAA's website. Everyone can use this pass to ride for free anywhere in the Metro Area May 20-22. Routes running in NE include the 10, 11, and 32.


Trolley Stop at Compassionate Ocean

Sponsored by the NE Lions Club, the NE Arts District Trolleys are back this year, with a fourth trolley added for Saturday! There will be a trolley stop at the Casket Arts Building, across the street from the Center. The route is on the maps in the printed NEMAA Directory & Art-A-Whirl Guide, as well as listed online: https://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl/getting-around/#art-a-whirl-trolleys

​If you are interested in working a volunteer shift during this event, please contact us.

Untangling Karma: Book Event with Judith Ragir

Compassionate Ocean Zen Center
Sunday, October 30, 2022

Judith Ragir will speak about some of the principles and themes of her new book, Untangling Karma; Intimate Zen Stories on Healing Trauma, interspersed with stories from the book of her personal journey of healing.  Healing from trauma can seem daunting at times or even impossible, and yet there are psychological and spiritual guides to help the process of digesting and releasing our pain.  Using several modalities - Buddhism, 12-step recovery programs, psychotherapy and non-violent communication – and by telling her story, Ragir weaves the possibility of a path of spiritual healing and the alchemy of transformation.

Untangling Karma is at once a love-letter to Zen Buddhism and a critique of turn of the century American Buddhism.  The book examines the endeavor of transferring an Asian philosophy onto an American mind, and a male-inspired monastic model applied to an American woman, Jew, and mother. Ragir’s original and continuing reason for coming to Buddhism is to find more peace in her own life and hopefully, by extension, be of service to help produce a less violent world.  She examines the relationship between personal healing and systemic and structural change .