Upcoming Retreats/Talks/Conferences/Gatherings

Colors of Compassion Retreat
What: A retreat by and for people of color
When: Thursday April 20 – Sunday April 23, 2017
Where: Great Vow Zen Monastery – Clatskanie, Oregon
Cost: $125-$165 sliding scale. Scholarships available.
Questions: (503) 728-0654 or info@...
Awakening the Legend of Maitreya Buddha
A Retreat of Mindfulness in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
With Dr. Larry Ward
What does it mean to practice love, compassion and wisdom in these times? We explore America’s legacy of racial promise and dysfunction from the perspectives of Buddhist Psychology and neuroscience. We will enjoy noble silence, sitting meditation, walking meditation, total relaxation, eating meditation, a dharma talk and community sharing. This is an opportunity to discover and enrich our embodiment of the future Buddha present within us now. Our collective and individual awakening is calling.  Whatever our preoccupations or distractions it is urgent to rouse the cave of our hearts to this highest of callings.
This retreat is presented by and for people of colorBlack, Asian, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islanderto share and practice in a supportive environment.
About the teacher
Larry Ward, PhD
Teacher, Consultant, Social Artist
Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Larry is committed to individual and collective change.   As a director of Ecumenical Institute and Institute of Cultural Affairs for twenty years he shared expertise in urban and rural projects, academy dean and master teacher.  Prior to his PhD, he earned B.A in Psychology and Organizational Behavior. Larry received his Christian ordination in 1972. He serves as a 43rdgeneration of the Lam Te Dhyana School receiving Dharma Teacher Transmission from Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. He leads retreats around the world, including Japan, Vietnam, China, Korea, Thailand, North America, Mexico, and France.  He co-authoredMaking Friends with Time with his wife, Peggy.
Dana: Our teachers are supported by donations (“Dana”). In addition to the registration fee, please bring a contribution at a level you can afford to support our teachers. 

Experiments in Listening: Contemplative Listening
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

There is no charge for this program, please sign in to register. All are welcome.

Come practice Contemplative Listeninglistening for deeper understanding, listening with the heart, listening without interrupting. We will engage in practices to help us to listen more deeply to ourselves and others.
Facilitator: Hon. Maria Arias, Family Court, Kings County. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Arias was on the faculty at CUNY Law School for many years. There she co-founded and co-taught the Battered Women's Rights Clinic and was centrally involved a Contemplative Lawyering course co-taught with Professor Victor Goode.
The April Contemplative Lawyers Group meeting has been moved from Wednesday, April 29, to Wednesday, April 8.  It will meet at the City Bar Association from 6 – 8 pm, not our normal 7 – 8:30 pm hour, and it will meet in a different room from our customary one. The Contemplative Lawyers Group meeting is being consolidated with the Administrative Law Committee meeting. The two happened to plan versions of the same program, with two of the three presenters being the same. We anticipate that CLE credit will be available. That will be confirmed by the end of the month.

Aikido and the Art and Science of Conflict
April 8, 2015
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Presenters: Daniel Weitz, ADR Coordinator, New York State Courts; Charles Colten, Director of Community Well-Being at the Hackley School, Director of Aikido-in-the-Schools, and 4th Degree Black Belt in Aikido; Hon. Raymond E. Kramer, Director of the Administrative Judicial Institute at the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings

This unique two-hour, interactive program explores the nature of conflict and its potential impact on members of the legal profession.  Integrating our understanding of neuroscience and brain chemistry with some principles and practices from the Japanese martial art of Aikido, the program attempts to provide an enhanced understanding of the nature of conflict, how and why we are “wired” to react to it, and new perspectives to promote improved conflict resolution skills, professional and personal relationships, and wellness in the workplace.

2015 Meeting Schedule:
Weds., April 8, 2015
Thurs., May 14, 2015
Thurs., June 18, 2015
Thurs., September 3, 2015
Thurs., October 22, 2015
Thurs., November 12, 2015
Thurs., December 17, 2015
Want to find out where others are meeting to practice mindfulness in law? Check out mindfulnessinlaw.org and read the latest issue of The Mindful Lawyer Digest.

And don't forget to register for the Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in Law's Mindful Lawyering: A Meditation Retreat for Law Professionals and Students May 7-10, 2015 at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York (about 50 miles north of New York City). This 4 day / 3 night event, led by Charlie Halpern, Norman Fischer, and Nikki Mirghafori, is open to all law professionals and students. It will introduce those new to mindfulness to this powerful technique and its relevance to law study and practice, and will offer those with prior experience an opportunity to deepen their meditation practice and their understanding of the law-mindfulness connection. The program will include significant time for silent practice, as well as guided reflections, CLE presentations, and group discussions. Learn more here.
3 units MCLE credit available. Student and commuter rates available.

City Bar (NY) Contemplative Lawyers Group
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

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