This is a San Francisco Chronicle article in which Chronicle Staff Writer Heidi Benson begins:
“Mary Mocine, a 63-year-old Zen priest and former litigator, teaches meditation to burned-out attorneys at weekend retreats at Tassajara in Big Sur and Green Gulch Farm at Muir Beach.”
Litigators may be comforted by this: "You can still be a warrior…but because you’re at peace with yourself and you’re centered, you’re not coming from rage or fear or anger."
www.law.ufl.edu/faculty/riskin/Apparently, this is not a new idea: "A Zen approach to the law emerged in 1999, when Professor Leonard Riskin of the University of Florida Levin College of Law began discussing mindfulness meditation in his law classes."
Note: Leonard Riskin and I are not related, to my knowledge, but that does not stop me from admiring his work
If your hectic schedule permits, make a moment to glance at the full article.
Note (added August 1, 2007, 5:45 PM Anguilla, B.W.I.): I have received an e-mail from an associate director of media relations at Stanford Law School asking me to remove Stanford from the post (which I have done). She says that the information in the San Francisco Chronicle article was inaccurate. The reporter has been contacted and is issuing a correction. The media person says it is misleading to the public to say that Stanford Law has offered such a seminar: "We simply haven’t . . . ."