February 23, 2014

Compassion is not a Luxury: Fleet Maull on Dharma & Prisons.

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Waylon talks with senior Buddhist teacher Fleet Maull about prison reform, shadows, national karma, his amazing story, mindfulness and gated community spirituality.


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Fleet Maull

Fleet Maull is a man who has been through extremely scary and dark times and accomplished great things in the midst of some of life’s toughest circumstances. Undaunted and deepened, he works tirelessly for the good of humanity today with humility, intelligence and great heart. His passion lies in working at the nexus of personal and social transformation to discover and implement innovative solutions to some of society’s and the world’s toughest problems—crime and the failure of mass incarceration, homelessness, violence and genocide.

From jails and prisons, to university classrooms, to executive boardrooms and post conflict regions in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, Fleet’s message of compassionate accountability grounded in mindfulness and emotional intelligence has brought healing, transformation and new sense of possibility to thousands of people, young and old, from all backgrounds and walks of life.

As an empowered senior teacher in two profound meditation traditions, as an author, consultant, trainer and executive coach, he facilitates deep transformation for individuals and organizations through his Radical Responsibility™ philosophy and  trainings.

The Radical Responsibility model, the subject of a forthcoming book of the same title, challenges us to cut through the fog of victimization, blame, negative conditioning and self-imposed  limitations in order to awaken the clarity of purpose, personal freedom, and depth of integrity we need to realize authentic and powerful relationships in our personal and professional lives.

Drawing on his own path of profound transformation and more than 30 years of experience in mindfulness and transformational leadership training, Fleet leads over 200 days of training every year, providing mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training to CEO’s and business leaders, corrections professionals and prisoners, nonprofit leaders, professionals and clinicians and community leaders and activists around the world.

He guest lectures annually at Harvard University and is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at national and international conferences. He has been interviewed widely in the radio and print media, including nationally syndicated public radio programs like Fresh Air and E-Town

You can watch this short film, produced by Global Oneness Project, documenting some of Fleet Maull’s transformative work with prisoners:

Please follow these links below to interviews and videos of Fleet’s teaching:


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Editor: Rachel Nussbaum

Photos/Video: Fleet Maull, Global Oneness Project

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Mary Beth Feb 25, 2014 1:01pm

Fantastic interview! So great to see a significant example of engaged Buddhism here in the US. Fleet is making a huge difference with one of our most marginalized populations and one of our culture's biggest problems. May this video inspire skillful action among those who view it.

Linda V. Lewis Feb 25, 2014 9:17am

These interviews-videos were so illuminating! Fleet Maull has not only transformed his life, but is in the process of transforming the lives of so many prisoners through mindfulness meditation and what he calls " Enlightened self-interest".
Currently Fleet's work is gradually waking up prisons systems, showing how they can be more effective –esp. since 90% of prison populations return to the world. So do we want these cons to be better cons or better people? Enlightened self-interest says the better choice, duh, is better people. These videos show how.
A student of Trungpa Rinpoche, Fleet, like so many of us, valued what Rinpoche would call the "manure of experience" that can be so useful in growing a field of bodhi or wakefulness.
Fleet's work is both worldly and spiritual, wise and practical. His youthful bio mirrors some of the life of Tibet's greatest yogi, Milarepa. I hope many people watch these brilliant and compassionate videos that are rich in resources and spread the word!

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