Over the course of his distinguished career, Charles Halpern founded the first public interest law firm, created a unique law school to train public interest lawyers and became the first president of a major charitable foundation that established a distinctive grant program integrating social justice advocacy and contemplative practice. He started out content to accumulate knowledge, academic recognition and professional success, relying on the considerable cognitive skills that he inherited and sharpened at Harvard College and Yale Law School. Later, in his years of public interest advocacy and institutional innovation, he had a growing intuition that something was missing and he sought ways of developing wisdom that complemented the analytic, critical mode. These explorations-through meditation, vision quests and group work - began as an avocation and led Halpern to the conviction that the practice of wisdom is critical if we are to address successfully the challenges of the 21st...

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