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Equanimity in the Midst of Chaos
July 24, 2020 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am PDTFree
Friday, July 24, 2020
9 – 11 AM PDT • 12 – 2 PM EDT • 6 – 8 PM CEST
This online training will be followed by an optional “community hour” for participants who want an opportunity for more in-depth discussions.
In this particularly volatile and chaotic moment in the world, we are constantly buffeted about by the latest news and events. Our clients are also caught up in all of this as well. This program will be about finding a way to deal with ourselves and our clients that provides us and them with some inner peace and a larger perspective that we can use for ourselves and our clients to cope with the trepidation of the moment. The program will be a combination of meditation, journaling, small group discussion and role play and large group discussion.
Gary J. Friedman has been practicing law as a mediator with Mediation Law Offices in Mill Valley, California since 1976, integrating mediative principles into the practice of law and the resolution of legal disputes. Co-founder of the Center for Understanding in Conflict (formerly the Center for Mediation in Law), he has been teaching mediation since 1980. Prior to his work as a mediator, he practiced law as a trial lawyer with Friedman and Friedman in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After several years as an advocate, he sought a new approach to resolving disputes through increasing the participation of the parties in the resolution of their differences. At that time, he and his colleague, Jack Himmelstein, began to develop the Understanding-based model that is now practiced extensively in the United States and Europe. As one of the first lawyer mediators and a primary force in the current mediation movement, he has used this model to complete over one thousand mediations in the last two decades He has mediated numerous two-party and multi-party disputes in the commercial and non-profit realms, in the area of intellectual property, real estate, corporate, personnel, partnership formations and dissolutions, and family law.
Norman Fischer is a poet, author, Zen Buddhist priest and former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center. As founder of the Everyday Zen Foundation (www.everydayzen.org), his work with meditation practice has taken him into many corners of contemporary American life including the arts, education, hospice training, education, and lawyering as a spiritual path. Recently, he began offering meditation training to engineers at Google. Norman has worked with the Center for Understanding in Conflict on inquiries that focus on bringing the calmness and insight of meditation practice directly into conflict situations. Norman has written 29 books. His latest books are Untitled Series: Life As It is and The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path.