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Making Waves and Riding the Currents by Charles Halpern

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7BEGINNING MEDITATION

ESPECIALLY IN THE early years, I wondered whether the Law School would survive—and whether I would survive as dean, without being blown off course, without becoming a person that I did not want to be. I often thought of Tim Healy’s caution—that I would be tested in every way, and that I would have to develop reserves of inner strength and wise judgment.

I was trying to lead a law school program that would train whole people, people who would work from their heads and their hearts, who would bring compassion, equanimity, and community to the core of their work. And I often found myself angry and frustrated— at war with the man who had hired me, appalled by the political corruption, misunderstood by the local bar, alienated ...

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