Acharya Fleet Maull


Fleet Maull, Ph.D is an author, meditation teacher, consultant, executive coach, end-of- life care educator and social activist whose work is focused at the nexus of personal and social transformation.

He is a senior Dharma teacher (Acharya) in the international Shambhala Meditation Community empowered by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and leads meditation retreats and programs at Shambhala Centers throughout North America, Europe and Latin America.  

Dr. Maull is also a Dharma successor of Zen master and social entrepreneur, Roshi Bernie Glassman, and a senior Zen teacher (Sensei) and priest in the Zen Peacemaker community and the Soto Zen tradition, serving as a spirit holder for the annual Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat for thirteen years, co-founding the Rwanda Bearing Witness Retreats, and leading more than a dozen Street Retreats in various U.S. cities.

He founded Prison Mindfulness Institute (PMI) in 1989, while serving a 14-year mandatory-minimum federal drug sentence from 1985 to 1999. PMI has become a leading provider of evidence-based mindfulness programming both prisoners and criminal justice professionals, while also supporting a network of more than 185 prison mindfulness projects and several thousand prison mindfulness activists and volunteers.  Acharya Maull serves as senior faculty and training director for PMI’s Engaged Mindfulness Institute, offering trauma-informed mindfulness teacher training and certification programs for criminal justice, mental health and human services professionals.

Dr. Maull co-founded the first hospice program inside an American prison in 1987 and went on to found National Prison Hospice Association in 1991, initiating a prison hospice movement that now includes over 75 hospice programs in U.S. state and federal prisons. He served on the Being With Dying clinical training program faculty at the Upaya Institute for six years and co-founded Upaya’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program, where he presently serves as senior faculty. He also founded the Center for Contemplative End-of- Life Care at Naropa University, where he was adjunct faculty from 1999 to 2009, teaching courses in Buddhist psychology, meditation, socially engaged Buddhism, peacemaking and environmental activism.

Acharya Maull leads meditation retreats, leadership and activist trainings, corrections and law enforcement trainings and bearing witness and street retreats in North America, Europe, Africa and Latin America. He is a frequent presenter at conferences on mindfulness, criminal justice, end of life care and socially engaged Buddhism. His peacemaking activities take him to the streets of U.S. cities, former concentration camps in Poland, Rwanda and Israel-Palestine, and the forgotten world inside our jails and prisons.  He is the author of Dharma in Hell, the Prison Writings of Fleet Maull, the forthcoming Radical Responsibility (fall 2018) and numerous book chapters and journal articles in the fields of corrections, mindfulness and end of life care, including a chapter in the recently published Real World Mindfulness for Beginners: Navigate Daily Life One Practice at a Time. He has been interviewed and featured widely in the print, radio, and television media, including National Public Radio’s Fresh Air program, the nationally syndicated E-Town, Huffington Post, Tricycle Magazine, Elephant and Forbes Magazine.