Law Dharma

To consider for September 17, 2017

Practice For Lawyers

Please consider the following:

At my temple, Clear Water Zendo, just before our summer break, and not long after the disaster at Charlottsville, we talked about an appropriate practice response. I thought we should title it, “What’s a bodhisattva to do?” We did not come to any conclusion. It is very important that everyone feel welcome to come and practice, and yet, does a time come when one must speak and set boundaries? Should we study our own sense of white privilege? Join a coastal clean-up? March as a group? Study political action in black churches? I spoke about talking with lawyers about kindness and openness and letting go of anger, even in such contentious profession. And, we talked about the notion of fierceness and setting boundaries when necessary.

Someone spoke of the importance of love. Yes and. What is love in these difficult times? What’s a bodhisattva lawyer to 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 2017

January 22
February 19
March 19
April 23
May 10-14  Tassajara Retreat
June 11
July 16
August 13
September 17
October 15
November 12
December 10 (holiday brunch)

2017 Law Dharma (pdf)


Finding Stillness Amid the Storm Of Legal Practice

Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
May 10-14 2017
4 Hours MCLE
(2 hours ethics, 1 hour Competence Issues and
1 hour Recognition and Elimination of Bias)

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