Law Dharma

Dharma Group for Lawyers

One Sunday per month, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
For the foreseeable future we will meet by Zoom. If you don’t already have the Zoom app on your device, you will need to download it. It is free to those not hosting. If you are interested in joining, please contact Mary Mocine at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

For Sunday, October 24

We’ll meet on Zoom at 9:30 as usual for a half hour zazen then an hour of discussion. I will send out invitation at 9:25 or go to website and click on enter zendo now.

Please consider this:

Suzuki Roshi in the fascicle “Marrow” in Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind, talks about the four kinds of horses. The excellent horse runs on a word from the rider; the good horse runs at the sight of the whip: the poor horse runs on feeling the first sting of the whip and the bad horse runs only when it’s flesh starts to bleed from the whip, making it hard for her to learn to run. 

He points out that we usually think the best kind of horse to be is the excellent one or at least the good one. But it may be that the bad horse is better. He points out that sometimes the worst horse is the best horse. 

We are all each a kind of horse in various situations. But how do you understand what he means about being the bad horse can be best? How do you respond when you are the bad horse? 

Practice For Lawyers

Tassajara has canceled May retreats, including ours.

If you are interested in participating in an on-line version of this retreat, please contact Mary Mocine at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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

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