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Law Dharma

Practice For Lawyers

To consider for July, 2018

We are on for this coming Sunday, July 15, at Rochael’s office at IDEO. Please bring something vegetarian to share and we will provide coffee and tea. In the meantime, please consider this:

I once asked a lawyer who had been irritated with a colleague, “What is the most important thing?” He responded, “Justice.” Is that so? Is justice the most important concern between and among people? I don’t think so. I think that the compassion that arises naturally out of a mind and heart not attached to self is the most important thing. As lawyers, we need that compassion that grows out of non-attachment in order to function freely, to see clearly and to respond appropriately in difficult interactions.

What do you think?

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

 

Dharma Group for Lawyers

One Sunday per month, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Meetings will be held at Rochael Soper’s office at Ideo, 501 The Embarcadero in San Francisco. Metered and lot parking in the area and near BART and other public transportation. Folks are asked to bring their own cushions or benches if they do not want to sit in a chair. After the discussion, we have a vegetarian brunch. Coffee and tea are provided.

Meditation instruction will be offered. A teaching donation will be requested.

Schedule 2018

January: 21
February:  25
March: 11
April:   22
May:  Tassajara 3-7
June:  24
July: 15
August:   12
September:  23
October:  21
November:  11
Holiday Brunch: December 9

RETREATS:

Finding Stillness Amid the Storm Of Legal Practice
When we can find our still point in the middle of what feels chaotic, we can enjoy our work.
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
May 2-6, 2019
4 Hours MCLE
(2 hours ethics, 1 hour Competence Issues and
1 hour Recognition and Elimination of Bias)

Often, law practice does feel stormy, given the many demands from clients, judges, opposing counsel, colleagues, and particularly from ourselves. Where is the ground? What is truly important here? We ignore emotions or attachments at our peril. Mindful awareness of our inner experience is key to being useful to the clients we serve and finding true balance in our practice lives. From that clarity, joy can arise and simple enjoyment from our work.

Lawyers are healers, at base, after all. In this workshop we will meditate and talk together. There will be time to meet individually with the teacher and plenty of time to enjoy the grounds and surroundings of Tassajara.

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