Articles and essays

Mindfulness Initiative Guide to Peaceful Campus Spots

Berkeley Law student Martha Ruch and Associate Director Dan Carlin compiled this list of their favorite places to study, stroll, exercise, or eat within a few minutes of the Berkeley Law campus, including parks, libraries, swimming pools, yoga classes, and more.

Mindfulness Helps You Become a Better Leader - Bill George (Harvard Business Review, 2012)

An article written by a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and former chair and CEO of Medtronic, he urges leaders to avoid judging "your self-worth by your net worth", and emphasizes the importance of measuring success as making a positive difference in society facilitated by practicing mindful leadership.

The Meditative Perspective

A brief document prepared by the Bay Area Working Group on Law and Meditation summarizing the case for mindfulness in law.

The Mindful Lawyer: Meditation and the Practice of Law - Joel Orenstein (Victoria Law Review, 2010)

A law review article written by an Australian sole practitioner who attended the 2010 Mindful Lawyer Conference. The article was based on his experience at the Conference and 10 years of integrating meditation into his law practice in indigenous rights and child protection.

Reversed On Appeal: The Uncertain Future of President Obama's "Empathy Standard" - John Paul Rollert (Yale Law Journal Online, 2010) - a fascinating exploration of President Obama's commitment to hiring judges possessing empathy and deep life experience, and the political firestorm it incited.

The Contemplative Lawyer: On the Potential Contributions of Mindfulness Meditation to Law Students, Lawyers, and their Clients - Leonard Riskin (Harvard Negotiation Law Review, 2002) - Among the best and most foundational articles on the relevance of meditation to legal education and law practice. A must-read for anyone interested in the subject.


Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning. By Daniel Barbezat and Mirabai Bush. Two leaders in bringing mindfulness into the realm of higher education share practical steps and insights for those interested in bringing contemplative methods into their own teaching and institutions.


Guided audio meditations from UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC). These free guided meditations are a great resource for anyone starting a meditation practice or looking for a little more guided instruction when practicing.

Mindful Lawyer Conference (Video, audio, articles + much more)

The website of the Mindful Lawyer Conference is a trove of media, including guided meditations, videos from the 2010 conference, readings, and more. 

On October 29-31, 2010, more than 185 judges, lawyers, mediators, law professors, law students, and other legal professionals gathered at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law for the first ever national conference exploring the integration of meditation and contemplative practices with legal education and practice.

Dharma Seed - The best resource on the web for free dharma talks and guided meditations by leading teachers such as Jack Kornfield, James Baraz, Sylvia Boorstein, and others. (Search "guided meditation" to narrow your results)

Wisdom 2.0 - The premiere conference on mindfulness and wisdom in the technological age. This year's conference takes place February 21-24, 2013. The site includes a trove of wonderful videos featuring presentations by leaders from major tech companies and mindfulness teachers such as Jon Kabat-Zinn and Ekhart Tolle.

Mindfulness Software and Apps

Insight Timer - a simple and elegant meditation app for iOS and Android offering a variety of pleasant bell tones and a useful journaling function.

TimeOut - a desktop application that "pauses" your computer at regular intervals and invites you to take a meditation break. Free app.

Stillness Buddy - a desktop mindfulness app that invites you, at regular intervals, to breathe and reflect on the wisdom of great spiritual teachers. Available for a 14-day trial.

My Little Pomodoro - a time management tool that helps you break work into small increments, with breaks in between, for greater productivity, focus and relaxation.

Freedom - a software program that locks you out of the internet for designated periods of time, so that you can focus on your work. Really helpful! Read about it in the NY Times.

Meditation Communities in the Bay Area

Spirit Rock Meditation Center Located in Marin County, Spirit Rock offers silent meditation retreats, classes, trainings, and other dharma study opportunities to help deepen your meditation and dharma practice. IMCB is one of many sitting groups led by a Spirit Rock teacher.

 Wednesday Vipassana Community in Berkeley The Wednesday Vipassana Community is led by Richard Shankman. They meet Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:15 pm at St. Clement's Episcopal Church, 2837 Claremont Blvd, Berkeley, CA. Please enter at the rear of the building facing Claremont Ave. For a map and directions: St. Clement's Church. See the Metta Dharma Foundation website for more information

Berkeley Buddhist Monastery maintains a full-schedule of classes and dharma activities, including daily open sitting meditation from 6:15 to 7:15 am and from 5:15 to 6:15 pm and daily evening chanting from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The director of the monasteryRev Heng Sure, has a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, teaches on the staff at the Institute for World Religions, and is a musician exploring the relationship between music and the dharma. He has often shared his teachings and music with IMCB.


The East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) is an independent center located in downtown Oakland, at 2147 Broadway, just 2 blocks from the 19th Street BART station. EBMC offers meditation training and spiritual teachings from Buddhist and other wisdom traditions, with attention to social action, multiculturalism, and the diverse populations of the East Bay and beyond


The Young Adult Dharma Council is for young adults (ages 20-35) who want more connection in their practice. Our generation will soon be asked to carry on the dharma. We want this council to empower young adults in their Buddhist practice by creating a community of peers, share rich discussion about practice as young adults and explore how to bring our perspective and be a force in the larger dharma community, envisioning together how we can make a difference in the world around us. People of all experience levels, races, ethnicities, sexual orientation, and gender identities are welcome. The event is offered on a dana (donation) basis. For more information visit the council's website, where you can also join an email discussion group, or email Kate Janke.


At the Saturday Night Sangha a collection of voices and experiences come together every Saturday to share and hold a space for meditation and discussion of the dharma. Hosted by young adults who have trained and practiced with a diverse group of teachers, we welcome anyone interested to come out and participate. The intention of the group is to provide a regular weekend practice night, share our experiences incorporating this practice into our daily lives, and to have FUN. This is a revolutionary practice in today’s era just as it was when Buddha was teaching, so building a sangha, a community of like-minded individuals, can help in our Buddhist practice. It is not necessary that you have a Buddhist practice, anyone interested in meditation and learning about these teachings is welcome.

Saturdays, 6-7:30pm at the East Bay Healing Collective

Bay Area Young Adult Sangha is an informal gathering of young dharma practitioners (mostly in their 20s and 30s) who live in the greater Bay Area. Their intention is to celebrate the great diversity of our region and welcome people of all backgrounds and spiritual traditions.