Articles and Essays

My articles and essays have been published in both academic and popular press. In addition, I post my writing on two blogs: The Liberated Life Project and The Jizo Chronicles (now dormant).


Mindfulness and Work


Contemplative Practice in Education

“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


“Assessing the State of Contemplative Practices in the U.S.,” included in Contemplation Nation: How Ancient Practices Are Changing the Way We Live, edited 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