Law Dharma

Practice For Lawyers

To consider for October, 2018

We are on for October 21, at Rochael’s office at IDEO. Logistics are on attached flier. Please bring something vegetarian to share. We will provide coffee and tea. Please consider the following:

What in your work brings you satisfaction? Easy to forget among the weeds of work. Maybe your satisfaction comes from helping people,listening to them, offering useful advice and real counsel. Sometimes it comes from a job well-done, a persuasive letter or brief, effective cross-examination, oral argument well-handled, or perhaps a meeting or presentation that went smoothly. Do you get satisfaction from being creative in your work?  Of course you don’t get to decorate your writings with lovely line drawings but crafting arguments, novel ones sometimes, or finding creative ways to resolve conflicts can bring great satisfaction. So, please reflect on what brings you satisfaction and take  moment to enjoy it. I’m not suggestion you become prideful nor attached to your success. I am saying that it is good to be able to take pleasure in a job well-done. So, please do.

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.