Law Dharma

Practice For Lawyers
Note: We will meet on Saturday in July
July 13
1:00 p.m.

We will be meeting on this Saturday afternoon at Linda Joy’ office.

We will sit then discuss but not share any food as there is not time. Her office, at Owen, Wickersham & Erickson, is at 455 Market Street, Suite 1910. Please let her know if you will be coming. And please note that the parking meters will be operating.

Please consider the following story about Mara, the Evil One, the ancient Buddhist figure of ignorance and greed:

One day Mara was traveling along the road with some of his attendants and noticed a man doing walking meditation. The man’s face glowed with delight. It seems he had just discovered something on the ground in front of him. Noticing the glow lighting the man’s face, one of Mara’s attendants asked the god what the man had discovered. Mara answered, “It seems he has discovered a piece of truth.”

His attendant grew quite excited and exclaimed, “But you are the god of deception, aren’t you bothered by the fact that someone has found a piece of truth?” Mara answered, “I’m not troubled in the least.” “Why not?” asked the attendant. “Because,” Mara replied, chuckling, “No sooner do people discover a little truth than they make a belief out of it.”

Oh how we do that. We believe what we think. We reify it. We cling to it. Oh my. What happens when you do this? What ideas are you holding onto, making them beliefs? Can you see through them? Difficult.

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 2019

January: 27
February: 24
March: 17
April: 21  
May:  Tassajara 2-6
June: 9 
July: 13 (Saturday)
August: 11  
September: 22 
October: 20 
November: 10 
Holiday Brunch: December 8


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.