Articles and Essays

I’ve been writing since the moment I could pick up a pen. Writer! It’s the one identifying noun that I wholeheartedly embrace, with all the joys and challenges that go with it.

My articles and essays have been published in both academic and popular press, and I share my writing on two blogs: The Liberated Life Project and The Jizo Chronicles.

My writing often focuses on the intersection of spirituality and activism, as well as the application of contemplative practices to secular settings. Here are a few pieces in that vein:

“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


Turning Wheel magazine
I was the associate editor of this quarterly magazine, focused on socially engaged Buddhism and spiritual activism, from 1999 to 2004. I still consider this one of the best jobs I ever had. It was a joy for me to work with many fine authors such as David Loy and 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