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Science and Ritual in Contemplative Practice: What Works for Lawyers?
Contemplative Lawyers Group

Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

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Secular teachers and students of meditation can point to an increasingly large body of evidence that shows that regular contemplative practice, even over a relatively short time, can affect experience, brain function, and brain structure. But how useful is this knowledge really? Ritual, on the other hand, just doing it, lacks the cognitive persuasiveness of science-based argument, but has other important virtues. This talk will explore the difference between “knowing about” and “just not knowing,” and the role of ritual in fostering a sound contemplative practice.

Speaker: MARC POIRIER, Professor of Law and Martha Traylor Research Scholar, Seton Hall University School of Law; formerly at Spiegel & McDiarmid, Washington, DC; Zen student for over 30 years.


Event Location: 42 West 44th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.)