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“My time in prison ended up being a gift for me, because it really did open my heart. Finding myself in this kind of hell realm, it was clear, I needed to not just focus on my own needs … but I really needed to figure out how can I show up in this community and serve. And so that was my life then for 14 years, and when I got out, that just naturally continued.”

Fleet Maull, a renowned mindfulness teacher, founded a nonprofit support network for Buddhist prisoners, volunteers, and prison staff, in 1989, while serving a term for drug trafficking. It evolved into the Prison Mindfulness Institute, which strives “to provide prisoners, prison staff and prison volunteers, with the most effective, evidence-based tools for rehabilitation, self-transformation, and personal & professional development.” It also acts as a hub, connecting Buddhist prison outreach organizations and activities across the United States. The founder’s time in prison was a deeply transformative experience, and he draws from the wisdom gained when teaching mindfulness within the correctional system and beyond. His heartfelt mission is to help people develop greater mindfulness-based emotional intelligence, paving the road toward psychological healing, enhanced social awareness, improved impulse control, and a new positive vision for their lives. Through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute that he’s an integral part of as well, he also provides mindfulness teacher training for those who aspire to work with at-risk, underserved, or marginalized populations.

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Fleet Maull, a renowned mindfulness teacher, founded a nonprofit support network for Buddhist prisoners, volunteers, and prison staff, in 1989, while serving a term for drug trafficking. It evolved into the Prison Mindfulness Institute, which strives “to provide prisoners, prison staff and prison volunteers, with the most effective, evidence-based tools for rehabilitation, self-transformation, and personal & professional development.” It also acts as a hub, connecting Buddhist prison outreach organizations and activities across the United States. The founder’s time in prison was a deeply transformative experience, and he draws from the wisdom gained when teaching mindfulness within the correctional system and beyond. His heartfelt mission is to help people develop greater mindfulness-based emotional intelligence, paving the road toward psychological healing, enhanced social awareness, improved impulse control, and a new positive vision for their lives. Through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute that he’s an integral part of as well, he also provides mindfulness teacher training for those who aspire to work with at-risk, underserved, or marginalized populations.