Articles and Essays
Mindfulness and Work
- “The Contemplative Organization” in Journal of Organizational Change Management, 2004, Vol. 17 Issue: 1, pp. 43-61.
- “Creating the Contemplative Organization: Lessons from the Field” published by The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (2004). Includes case studies of three organizations that integrate contemplative practices in the workplace: Sounds True, a publishing company, Jobs with Justice, a labor organizing organization, and Windhorse Associates, a health care and treatment organization.
- “Generosity in the Workplace” originally published in Boeddha Magazine (Netherlands) in 2013.
My first book, Work That Matters: Create a Livelihood that Reflects Your Core Intention, will be published by Parallax Press in December 2017.
Contemplative Practice in Education
- “Survey of Transformative and Spiritual Dimensions of Higher Education,” in the Journal of Transformative Education; July, 2003; co-authored with Arthur Zajonc and Diane Dana.
“Excellent work, very richly written, and a very valuable and timely contribution to the field…
its publication will move further in the direction of greater networking, dialogue,
collaboration, and research expressed as desired by a majority of respondents.”
~Laura Markos, editor of Journal of Transformative Education
Spirituality and Activism
- “Welcome to the Ministry of Social Transformation” (2013) on Open Democracy
- “Can Religion Be a Force for Transformation?” (2013) on Open Democracy
- “An Introduction to Engaged Buddhism” (2010) on website accompanying PBS documentary The Buddha
- “Impossible Choices” included in Not Turning Away: The Practice of Engaged Buddhism, edited by Susan Moon (Shambhala Publications, 2004). You can also read this article here on my Jizo Chronicles blog.
Mindfulness in Society — General Articles
- “Supporting Others Who Need Help” in Real World Mindfulness for Beginners, ed. by Brenda Salgado (2016).
- “Assessing the State of Contemplative Practices in the U.S.,” in Contemplation Nation: How Ancient Practices Are Changing the Way We Live, ed. by Mirabai Bush (2011).
In addition to writing, I also have training and experience as an editor. From 1999 – 2004, I was the associate editor of Turning Wheel magazine, the journal of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. I served as senior editor of the magazine in 2007 and 2008. (It’s no longer a print publication but continues to have a life on digital media.) I still consider this one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. It was a joy for me to work with many fine authors such as David Loy, Diana Winston, Donald Rothberg and help them shape their writing for publication. I also put together a special issue in the fall of 2001 in response to the September 11 attacks.
During my tenure as associate editor, Turning Wheel was selected as a nominee for an Independent Press award by the Utne Reader in 2001. I organized a campaign to generate reader support for this nomination; as a result, TW went on to receive the Utne Reader’s award for “Best Spiritual Coverage” that year.
“Over the years I’ve worked with many editors, and without doubt Maia is one of the very best. In fact, she’ll be the first person I turn to in the future, when the need arises.”
~ David Loy, author of The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory
and numerous other books and articles