Acharya Fleet Maull


Fleet Maull, Ph.D is a former prisoner, 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) empowered by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and leads advanced meditation retreats and other programs at Shambhala Centres throughout North America, Europe and Latin America.  

Dr. Maull is also a Roshi (master Zen teacher), senior priest and Dharma successor of Zen master and social entrepreneur, Roshi Bernie Glassman in the Zen Peacemaker Order and Soto Zen tradition. Roshi Maull has served as a council leader, spirit holder and elder for the annual Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat for for the past 16 years. He also co-founded the Rwanda Bearing Witness Retreats and has led more than a dozen Street Retreats in U.S. urban centers. 

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.

His peacemaking activities take him to the streets of major urban centers, to former concentration camps like Auschwitz-Birkenau, to Rwanda, Palestine and Israel, and to the forgotten world inside our jails and prisons all over the world.  He is the author of Dharma in Hell, the Prison Writings of Fleet Maull and the forthcoming book Radical Responsibility (fall 2018).