Apr 19, 2009 More on lessons of powerful peacefulness
Enso – Japanese symbol of Zen Buddhism. (Available for public distribution.)
An essential path towards powerful advocacy as a lawyer is to follow the path of powerful calmness and fearlessness of death. Buddhism has many beneficial teachings on this path. Part of my calmness and closer movement towards fearlessness of death is inspired by Buddhism’s teachings about nonduality, which focuses on how people and things are interconnected rather than separate. Nonduality is related to the Taoist-influenced t’ai chi that I integrate into my law practice and daily life. It seems that Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson addressed matters of duality, as well.
Here is a list of Buddhist teachings that I have read, am reading, or am in the process of reading, to assist on this path.
– Zen Mind. Beginner’s Mind – By Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (see here, too). Shunryu Suzuki Roshi arrived in San Francisco from Japan in 1959. He arrived at an auspicious time — before the hippie movement took hold — and place (in the center of the hippie movement). He stayed until he died of cancer several years later. The introduction to this, his only book, credits him and D.T. Suzuki (see his Manual of Zen Buddhism) with the widespread introduction of Japanese Zen Buddhism to the United States.
– Pema Chodron’s Practicing Peace in Times of War.
– Zen Flesh, Zen Bones – See excerpts here. The 101 Zen Stories section of the book is here, including “Is that So,” which highlights how apparent triumphs and tragedies are not always as triumphant or tragic as they seem.
I welcome your thoughts on beneficial teachings for becoming a stronger trial lawyer.