How Can Mindfulness Help Society?
Updated: Jul 9
A Dialogue with Professor Richard Davidson and Acharya Fleet Maull
Most people characterize mindfulness meditation as a solitary practice that provides individual benefits. But mindfulness practice can also be thought of as an action with widespread relational and social implications. University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Richard Davidson and renowned contemplative teacher Fleet Maull recently took part in a dialogue at the Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison, WI, exploring how we can apply the benefits and insights of contemplative practice and contemplative neuroscience to our most challenging social issues. The video recording of the dialogue has now been made available here.
Fleet Maull is an author, meditation teacher, management consultant, end of life care educator, and social activist working for peace, prison reform, and social transformation. He is a senior teacher (acharya) in the Shambhala Meditation community and senior priest (sensei) in the Zen Peacemaker movement. He regularly leads retreats and trainings throughout North America, Europe, Africa and Latin America, including bearing witness retreats to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and Rwanda. He is the founder of Prison Mindfulness Institute and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute and is particularly known for his pioneering work in mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training programs for prisoners, correctional officers, law enforcement and other first responders. He is the author of Dharma in Hell: The Prison Writings of Fleet Maull and the forthcoming Radical Responsibility.
Dr. Richard Davidson
Richard Davidson, PhD is a world renowned neuroscientist and the founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought after expert and speaker, leading conversations on well-being on international stages such as the World Economic Forum. Time Magazine named Davidson one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2006. Davidson has published hundreds of scientific papers and is the author, with Sharon Begley, of the bestseller The Emotional Life of Your Brain.