Dharma Group for Lawyers
One Sunday per month, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
For Sunday, January 23, 2022
We will meet on Zoom at 9:30 on Sunday the 23rd. Please go to the website, www.vallejozencenter.org and click on “Enter the Zendo Now” on home page.
Please consider this:
After we sit for 30 minutes we will discuss the following and how it relates to our practice:
Suzuki Roshi tells us in Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind, that the wonderful thing about our practice is literally nothing special:
“If you continue this simple practice every day, you will obtain some wonderful power. Before you attain it, it is something wonderful, but after you attain it, it is nothing special.”
Truly there is great liberation in letting go of grasping after specialness, in not needing to protect oneself in fear of not being special enough. We sit zazen and over and over and over; we get off the train of thought and return to breath. We relax into nothing special. It is so very easy to get “caught” in our law practice, and the case or any particular part of it, becomes about us rather than the client or it becomes too much about the client and we are blinded to the reality before us. How do you practice with noticing that you’re too bound up, looking through a haze of self-concern? It happens to all of us. The question is-how do you notice and practice with this hindrance?
Practice For Lawyers
Tassajara has canceled May retreats, including ours.
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
- “Is it useful?”, California Lawyer, December 2004
- “Realizing Kindness”, California Lawyer
- “The Art of Listening, California Lawyer, 2000