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Contemplative Practice for Lawyers: Effectiveness or Enlightenment, or Both, or Neither?
Thursday, February 20, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Traditional accounts of the fruits of meditative practice often use terms like compassion, wisdom, enlightenment, non-attachment, and equanimity. Modern accounts of mindfulness in various secular settings (medical, business, and nowadays law practice) often talk about stress management, emotional clarity, better focus, effective communication, productivity, healing, and symptom control - not necessarily the same kinds of goals and results at all. This evening's session will describe a taxonomy of justifications, not because one is correct at the expense of others, but to suggest that different notions of what is going on will influence the experience and fruit of a contemplative practice. Zen Master Dogen asked deeply, "Why do we sit?" It's a profound question, and a tricky one.

Speaker: MARC R. POIRIER, is a Professor of Law and Martha Traylor Research Scholar at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. He has practiced Zen for more than 30 years, is a student of Barry Magid, and is authorized as a lay teacher in the Ordinary Mind School founded by Charlotte Joko Beck.


42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036


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