Dharma Group for Lawyers
One Sunday per month, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
For Sunday, September 18, 2022
We will meet on Zoom at 9:30 on Sunday the 24th.
We start at 9:30 a.m. with meditation and at 10-11 with discussion.
Zazen practice is a refresher. There is a parable in the Lotus Sutra in which Buddha is explaining that his teaching is available equally to all and that folks take it in as they can and for what they need. He uses the example of a great rain falling on all plants. Same rain but each plant takes in and uses what works for it. All are refreshed. Monks in India used to gather during monsoon season to study and meditate as they could not travel about in all the mud. All were refreshed.
We go on vacation and are refreshed. It is also true that we sit zazen and are refreshed. It is very useful. It is not wasted time. It is no thing but not nothing.
Have you refreshed yourself this summer? How is your meditation practice going? How does it support and inform your law practice?
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