Fleet is an author, consultant, trainer and executive coach who facilitates deep transformation for individuals and organizations through his philosophy and program of Radical ResponsibilityTM. He serves the world through his work as a meditation teacher, peacemaker (Street Retreats, Bearing Witness Auschwitz & Rwanda), social entrepreneur and consultant and end-of-life care educator. He is an empowered senior teacher in two Buddhist meditation traditions, a holder of the Way of Council, and a certified trainer with Partners in Leadership, New Line Consulting, and Peacemaker Institute.
Fleet taught courses in psychology, meditation and Socially Engaged Buddhism at Naropa University from 1999 to 2009, where he founded the Center for Contemplative End-of-Life Care. He is currently on the teaching faculties of Peacemaker Institute, Shambhala International, Upaya Institute, and the Zen Peacemakers. He has guest lectured at Harvard University, University of Colorado and Colorado State University. He is also a frequent keynote and plenary speaker at conferences on spiritually based social action, end-of-life care, restorative & transformative justice, meditation-based prison work and Socially Engaged Buddhism.
Fleet founded both Prison Dharma Network and National Prison Hospice Association while serving a 14-year mandatory-minimum sentence on drug charges in federal prison from 1985 to 1999. Fleet helped start the first hospice program inside an American prison, initiating a prison hospice movement that now includes over 70 hospice programs in U.S. state and federal prisons. He also led a twice weekly meditation group at the prison for 14 years. Prison Dharma Network now includes over 150 organizations and over 4000 individual members working to bring meditation and transformation to the lives of prisoners and correctional workers throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Fleet is the author of Dharma in Hell: The Prison Writings of Fleet Maull and numerous book chapters and articles on end-of-life care, contemplative social action, prison reform and Buddhist meditation. He has been interviewed widely in the television, radio and print media, including interviews on the nationally syndicated public radio programs NPR’s Fresh Air and E-Town.
Fleet is the president and senior consultant/trainer of New Line Consulting, LLC and maintains a very active practice in management consulting, organizational development, change management, leadership training and executive coaching. New Line Consulting provides a broad range of transformative business & management consulting services to for-profit and social profit organizations, including: organizational and leadership development, executive coaching, change management, strategic planning, process reengineering and value stream mapping.
Acharya Maull is a senior teacher (Acharya) appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in the Shambhala,
a Buddhist Community. He was a senior student of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, serving the Vidyahdara as a personal attendant for many years. He is currently a senior student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Fleet teaches many programs throughout the international Shambhala Buddhist Community including the Shambhala Path of Social Engagement.
He is also a Dharma successor of Zen master and social entrepreneur, Roshi Bernie Glassman. He is a fully empowered teacher (or Sensei) and senior priest in the Zen Peacemaker Sangha and the Soto Zen lineage of Maezumi Roshi. He leads meditation retreats, leadership trainings, bearing witness retreats and street retreats throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America, where he also visits prisons and jails doing transformational work with both prisoners and prison staff.
Fleet is the founder of three nonprofit organizations, Prison Dharma Network, Peacemaker Institute and National Prison Hospice Organization and a leading innovator and pioneer in mindfulness-based prison programming, contemplative approaches to social change and the socially engaged Buddhism movement in the United States. He is also the co-founder, along with Roshi Joan Halifax, of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program at the Upaya Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Social Activist & Peacemaker
Fleet also co-founded and directs Peacemaker Institute, a leading provider of integral and transformative leadership training for nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, community activists, and peacemakers.
The Peacemaker Institute hosts bearing witness retreats and street retreats in places of deep suffering throughout North America, Europe, Africa and Latin America. His peacemaking activities range from the streets of U.S. cities, to former concentration camps in Poland, to Israel-Palestine, and the forgotten world inside our jails and prisons. Fleet is also the co-founder, along with Joan Halifax, of the Buddhist chaplaincy program at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM.
To learn more about Fleet Maull, read: “The Prison Monk: An interview with Buddhist activist and former prisoner Fleet Maull,” from Tricycle Magazine, Spring 2004 (pdf file).