Dharma Group for Lawyers
One Sunday per month, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
There is a classic Zen saying: “Please treasure yourself.” These are difficult and scary and anxious times. Please bear in mind this admonition. Of course you should wash your hands and avoid contact and stay home. But, don’t forget to treasure yourself as well. Take time to meditate, eat wholesome food (maybe a bit of ice cream) get exercise and so on. The more grounded we can be, the better decisions we can make.
Please treasure yourself.
For Sunday, May 24, 2020
Since we didn’t go to Tassajara, we will have a general meeting in May, this coming Sunday, the 24th. It will be by Zoom and the invitation will go out at 9:25 a.m. We will sit for 30 minutes then have a discussion for an hour. Sorry, no potluck nor Peet’s coffee unless you bring your own. Microphones will be muted on entry for sitting.
Please consider this:
The spring flowers, the autumn moon;
Summer breezes, winter snow.
If useless things do not clutter your mind,
you have the best days of your life.
This is the commentary to a koan about ordinary mind being the Way. I think of it because this is such a difficult time, personally and professionally. How could we not be anxious, lonely, scared and angry? I don’t think the poem is telling us not to notice or to deny the difficulty of these days. Of course we must be concerned about what will happen with cases and clients and our families and friends. And, we can sit still and find a grounded place where we can avoid adding extra onto the pain of our days. We can be grounded enough to be able to appreciate the flowers of spring and the joy of last night’s rain.
Do come sit this Sunday. I look forward to seeing you all and to offering one another support in these times.
Tassajara has canceled May retreats, including ours.
Law Dharma offers lawyers meditation-based programs intended to deepen their practice of law. Too often we are so entangled in our emotions or our view of a case that we cannot see clearly. We cause ourselves and others to suffer when we lash out in anger or we fail to see opportunities because we are so blinded by our own attachments to emotions or views. The meditative perspective helps to keep us grounded and able to see clearly.
Law Dharma founder Mary Mocine studied law at Hastings College of the Law. She was admitted to the California bar in 1971. Ms. Mocine practiced legal service, litigation and labor law for 18 years. In 1989 she left the practice of law to become a Buddhist monk.
Law Dharma offers a monthly meditation/discussion group. We meet at 9:30 for a half-hour meditation then have a discussion of a topic of interest for about an hour then have a potluck brunch.
There is an MCLE retreat led by Mary Mocine held at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Details can be found below and registration information at www.sfzc.org.
Articles by Mary Mocine
- “Is it useful?”, California Lawyer, December 2004
- “Realizing Kindness”, California Lawyer
- “The Art of Listening, California Lawyer, 2000