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Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center

Sangha Gatherings
The Compassionate Ocean Sangha is a group practicing in the Buddhist mindfulness traditions of Thich Nhat Hanh and Soto Zen.  Throughout the year, the sangha (community) has 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; participation is by donation.

There are two weekly gatherings of the Compassionate Ocean Sangha. The Sunday group is co-led by Joen Snyder O' Neal and Michael O' Neal.  Joen leads the Friday group.  There is also a meditation session offered on Wednesday mornings.

If you are coming for the first time, please call the Center in advance.  Please call as well if you have any questions about our sangha practice.

Sunday Gathering:    9:00 - 11:15 am

Wednesday Morning Meditation:    6:30 - 7:50 am

Friday Gathering:   9:30 - 11:00 am (Common Ground Meditation Center, 3400 E nth Street, Minneapolis)

Sangha Retreats

These retreats are open to community members as well as others who have had some experience with Buddhist practice and meditation.  Please call in advance if this will be your first retreat with the Compassionate Ocean Sangha.

Next date: TBA

You are invited to become a memeber of the Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center.  Membership is a way to support the programs of the Center, and is encouraged for those who participate regularly as well as those who simply would like to help make possible the continued life of the Center.  A membership brochure is available at sangha gatherings or can be sent out by mail; please call if interested.


Total Dynamic Living I: An Introductory Program in Mindfulness
Total Dynamic Living is a thorough, well-structured introduction to mindfulness practice in everyday life.  If follows the nationally acclaimed model developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, presenting mindfulness as a universal practice for people of any religious background.  The program includes instruction and practice in sitting meditation, gentle yoga, body awareness meditation, and daily-living applications of mindfulness.  It also includes information about stress and relaxation.  The program enables participants to develop their own base in mindfulness practice integrated into everyday life.  The course includes eight weekly classes, an individual interview with the instructor, a Saturday retreat, the book Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabot Zinn, two audiotapes, and handouts.  The course fee is $295 plus a $25 materials fee. CEUs are available.

Enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required.  Please let your friends and colleagues know about this program.

Total Dynamic Living II: Continuing Program in Mindfulness
****  Dates for September classes will be listed soon.****

Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal are the guiding teachers of the Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center.  They practiced and taught for many years at the Minnesota Zen Center and Hokyo-ji Zen Monastery under the guidance of Dainin Katagiri Roshi.  They have also practiced with Thich Nhat Hahn in France and the United States, and have completed training for professionals with Jon Kabat-Zinn.  Joen was ordained as a Zen priest by Katagiri Roshi in 1980 and received Dharma transmission from him in 1989.

Phone:  612-825-7658

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