Law Dharma

Practice For Lawyers

To consider for November, 2018

We will meet at IDEO, Rochael’s office, on Sunday November 11 at 9:30. The flier with logistics is attached. Note the calendar on  p.2.

Our annual potluck holiday brunch will be on Sunday December 9. This is a good time to re-connect if you’ve ben away from the group for awhile.

Please reflect on this:

A classic Koan from Zen Master ChaoChou from 9th Century China:

          A monk asked ChaoChou, ” I have just entered the monastery; please teach me.”

          ChaoChou said, “Have you had your breakfast?”

          The monk said, “Yes, I’ve eaten.”

           ChaoChou responded, ” Then go wash your bowl.”

On first pass, the master is simply saying to do the next thing. But, go deeper. He is also asking if the monk has become settled in his practice. Has he digested it on the cushion. The monk says he has. So, go wash your bowl. What is the master saying, really? After digesting what you have learned by sitting on the cushion, what next? What is it to wash your bowl in your life? In your law practice?

Please ponder this. Please sit with it.

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


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.