Praise for Dharma in Hell:
“In the charnel ground that is America’s prisons, Fleet Maull lived a life of vows and service for 15 years. These writings are proof and testament to his personal strength, determination and courage in the face of indescribable despair, as well as to his power as a committed dharma practitioner to bring compassion and transformation into truly hellish realism. Fleet Maull is an indomitable spirit.”
— Roshi Bernie Glassman & Sensei Eve Marko
“This month I read two spectacular books: Bearing Witness and Dharma in Hell. They were both touching, illuminating and deeply inspiring. I do have to say that Dharma in Hell moved me in particular. It really embodied and evoked a profound feeling and understanding of practice, and I was so moved by your connection to your teacher and practice lineage. Seeing dark places as charnel grounds and opportunities for practice, using vows to engage wakefulness, serving others – such a strong and beautiful instruction for us all. What you wrote made me think of a quote from Nagarjuna: “There is nothing more beautiful than a moon emerging from the clouds.” Thank you. I am grateful to have encountered it!” ~Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel
“Fleet Maull looked into the belly of the beast and saw his Original Face. This is a beautiful, profound, honest, and incredibly moving book about finding spiritual light in the deepest of shadows. If you have any shadows in your life, if you have any prisons in your soul, this is a guide that can genuinely help you find that ever-present, already-escaped, forever-free, extraordinary light”.
— Ken Wilber, author, The Simple Feeling of Being
“I just received a copy of Fleet’s book … and read it in one evening …. it is a remarkable and inspiring work, manifesting Fleet’s gentle and brilliant mind.”
— Emily Danies, death penalty attorney
About Fleet Maull, PDN’s Founder
Fleet Maull, a long time student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and an ordained peacemaker priest in the Zen Peacemaker Order, founded both the Prison Dharma Network and the National Prison Hospice Association while serving 14 years in federal prison. He has a Masters Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University and is a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at California Coast University.
Fleet has written numerous articles on prison dharma in publications such as the Shambhala Sun, Tikkum, Hospice Journal and Turning Wheel. Fleet’s story was also written about in Roshi Bernie Glassman’s book Bearing Witness.
To learn more about Fleet Maull, read: “Prison Monk: Tricycle Interview with Fleet Maull” from Tricycle Magazine, Spring 2004 (pdf file).