Cultivating Wisdom with Charles Halpern

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Charles Halpern is a pioneer of public interest law. It is on his broad shoulders other fine public servants stand. He is an inspiration as he reveals his path of navigating the lessons of personal integrity, mindfulness, and balance while contributing wisely and compassionately in our social institutions. How do we bring our inner strengths to life and work? How may we be better leaders in our own communities of influence? Halpern answers these and many other questions as he describes a life that has been dedicated to positive, social change, while bringing together the spiritual with practical daily life. He says, "To bring the contemplative dimension into mainstream institutions whether it is the law, medicine, academia, business, or journalism is an extremely important task. I think we have to hold-up the contemplative part of life and show that it is relevant not only for monks and contemplatives, but that it is an important part of each person's life in general. It certainly has been in mine." Discover a living example of a life lived in balance, clarity, and compassion while making enormous contributions to society. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Charles Halpern has been a public interest entrepreneur since the late sixties an honors graduate of Harvard Collage and Yale Law, he left a promising career in a corporate law firm to establish the first public interest law firm, the Center for Law and Social Policy, in Washington D.C., and to launch the public interest law movement. He leads meditation retreats for lawyers, serves as the chair of The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, and consults to nonprofit groups and foundations.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How you can cope with change
  • Why is meditation important
  • What does Buddhist philosophy have to teach us
  • Where do you find more time
  • What are "Rachmunes"
  • What are the four steps you can take to cultivate wisdom
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 2/28/2008      Program Number: 3245