Profile

Cover photo
Maia Duerr
Works at Five Directions Consulting
Attended California Institute of Integral Studies
Lives in Santa Fe, NM
3,419 followers|277,375 views
AboutPostsCollectionsPhotosYouTube+1's
People
Have her in circles
3,419 people
Bob Bonanni's profile photo
Света Кошкина's profile photo
Shelly Seitz's profile photo
Maggie Sutrov's profile photo
Eunsahn Citta Gartland's profile photo
Daljit Singh's profile photo
marie aragona's profile photo
Deirdre Shockley's profile photo
Anne Davis's profile photo
Education
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    Cultural Anthropology, 1993 - 1996
  • University of the Pacific
    Music Therapy, 1981 - 1984
  • San Francisco State University
    Integrative Marketing, 2007 - 2008
  • Upaya Zen Center and Institute
    Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, 2010 - 2012
Basic Information
Gender
Female
Other names
Maria (my birth name)
Story
Tagline
Student of Life and Liberation
Introduction
I love to bring mindful awareness into the process of helping organizations and businesses become more effective in what they do, and in getting people engaged in their mission. Some hats that I wear:
  • Cultural Anthropologist
  • Writer
  • Buddhist Chaplain
  • Change agent

My purpose on the planet:
To open hearts and minds through my writing and presence.

How that manifests these days:

I created The Liberated Life Project to offer tools for personal and collective liberation. The LLP supports people to live lives full of awareness, creativity, connection, and joy.

Through my business, Five Directions, I help progressive nonprofit organizations to build more engaged communities. 

I contribute to the conversation about socially engaged Buddhism on my blog, The Jizo Chronicles.


Work
Occupation
Qualitative Research, Anthropologist, Writer, Editor
Employment
  • Five Directions Consulting
    Qualitative Research, Anthropologist, Writer, Editor, 2008 - present
    Includes my blog, The Liberated Life Project
  • Upaya Zen Center
    Chaplaincy Program Director, 2008 - 2013
  • UCSF Dept of Medical Anthropology
    Research Associate, 1999 - 2002
  • Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
    Research Director, 2002 - 2004
  • Parallax Press
    Editor, 1996 - 1999
  • Buddhist Peace Fellowship
    Executive Director, 2004 - 2008
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Santa Fe, NM
Previously
- Northampton, MA - San Francisco, CA - Oakland, CA - New Haven, CT - Eugene, OR

Stream

 
 
This Thursday in Los Alamos, NM...please join us.
View original post
3
1
Gilbert Alemany's profile photo
 
Great reminder!
Add a comment...

Maia Duerr

Shared publicly  - 
 
This Thursday in Los Alamos, NM...please join us.
1
3
Maia Duerr's profile photoGilbert Alemany's profile photo
Add a comment...

Maia Duerr

Shared publicly  - 
1
Add a comment...

Maia Duerr

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
The future is no more uncertain than the present...
2 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...

Maia Duerr

Shared publicly  - 
2
Add a comment...

Maia Duerr

Shared publicly  - 
4
1
Uptv! cocina en tu móvil's profile photo
Add a comment...
Have her in circles
3,419 people
Bob Bonanni's profile photo
Света Кошкина's profile photo
Shelly Seitz's profile photo
Maggie Sutrov's profile photo
Eunsahn Citta Gartland's profile photo
Daljit Singh's profile photo
marie aragona's profile photo
Deirdre Shockley's profile photo
Anne Davis's profile photo

Maia Duerr

Shared publicly  - 
 
All aboard +Amtrak Southwest Chief
3
Nancy Gearty's profile photo
 
Cool!
Add a comment...

Maia Duerr

Shared publicly  - 
2
Nancy Gearty's profile photo
 
What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of...
Add a comment...

Maia Duerr

Shared publicly  - 
 
My guest post on +On Being about the origin of the Tree of Contemplative Practices... enjoy!
To "prioritize intention rather than form" is a the heart of a contemplative practice, whatever that may be. A lay Buddhist monk tells the story of creating a "tree" that's liberated us from narrow ideas of what contemplative practice is and find one (or more) that truly works for us.
2
Add a comment...

Maia Duerr

Shared publicly  - 
 
Buddhist Education for Social Transformation in #Thailand
3
Add a comment...

Maia Duerr

>>Dharma  - 
 
I've been in Thailand the past month helping to teach at the "Buddhist Education for Social Transformation" course for activists from around Asia and the U.S. This is the framework I've been offering them to explore. If anyone would like more info about it, I am happy to share!
I've referred to the "Mandala of Socially Engaged Buddhism" a couple of time in previous posts on this blog, and I've finally dug it up to share it with all of you. If you click on the graphic abov...
6
1
Ella Clarke's profile photoBup Sahn's profile photoUptv! cocina en tu móvil's profile photo
2 comments
 
Humans are not stronger, faster, or smarter than other species.  The advantage of humans is their ability to organize.   For example, the computer I'm typing on has bits (plastic, steal, gold, silicon, rubber, software, etc) that took the coordination of millions of people from all over the world to create.  

Therefore, can I suggest that while SEB is fantastic unless it links up with Socially  Engaged Catholicism, Socially Engaged Atheism  and so on it will never achieve big results.  

The results that Gandhi got were not because his ideas were better rather that he managed to unite the whole country and many outside behind him.  It is a case of Unite and rule, divide and be conquered.  

With this in mind the 'Healing' part of the mandala is quite foreign to any group outside Buddhism as is education from a 'dharma' perspective.  

Don't get me wrong, but could it not be rewritten to be inclusive of all faiths and no-faith?  I think it's got great potential.

Finally, would you object if I had a play around with it and try and make it more inclusive?
Add a comment...

Maia Duerr

Shared publicly  - 
 
Transformative learning happens when we step out of our comfort zone...
3
2
Nancy Gearty's profile photoMargarete Kaufmann's profile photoUptv! cocina en tu móvil's profile photo
 
I'm always out of my comfort zone:(
Add a comment...
Maia's Collections
Maia Duerr's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
CLICK HERE to support Celebrating a Life of Creativity and Healing
www.indiegogo.com

Fund to Support Katya/Kathy Lesher's Work | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a cont

Why Google Protesters Were Right To Disrupt Wisdom 2.0
www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org

They say you can t be neutral on a moving train. So can you be mindful on a Google bus? Confrontation This weekend, as three Google presente

Save 50,000 California Oak Trees!
www.indiegogo.com

This is a grassroots campaign to preserve 540 acres of forested land near Monterey, CA. We need your help to defeat big-money developers!

Zen Master Dogen and the Crisis in Syria
www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org

It's been a very interesting few days of developments in the crisis in Syria. The Syrian government agreed to a Russian proposal to hand ove

Capitalist Dharma and the Social Ecology of Buddhist Sanghas
www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org

As my own sangha is going through some restructuring around finances, and considering a move to a new location (which will involve more deci

Community Organizing
www.patheos.com

Sometimes the events in the news get to be too much. I have been torn recently between my sympathies for my Syrian housemate and the many cr

Dangerous Harvests: A Short Note to Any White American Buddhists, Yoga P...
dangerousharvests.blogspot.com

I wrote these points as a response to comments I received on an old post on American Buddhism and race. In light of the Trayvon Martin case,

What Is The Fifth Direction? | fivedirections
fivedirectionsconsulting.com

Whenever I tell people that the name of my consulting business is “Five Directions,” they give me a funny look and say something like, “What

Help Nathan Be a Change Maker in the Twin Cities -- Indiegogo
www.indiegogo.com

Support me financially as I make a difference through grassroots leadership and service in multiple local communities.

Make the Promise
www.sandyhookpromise.org

I promise to support common sense solutions that make my community and our country safer from acts of violence. Join me. Make the Sandy Hook

To get something you may have to give up something else
www.manzanitavillage.org

you have to give up something in order to have something else.

Toward Collective Liberation: Building Successful Social Movements
www.patheos.com

It wasn't until recently I realized that I had somehow lost a bunch of digital files off my computer. It was mainly photos and newspaper art

Fighting for Same-Sex Marriage, Divorcing State-Sanctioned Marriage
www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org

While we await the results of the US Supreme Court's consideration of "same-sex marriage," I find myself wondering why, in order for a marri

The Fraud of Jobs
www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org

by Stephen Fortunato Lies abound. There are the mostly benign “white lies” of the insincere compliment or the fabrication to avoid a social

a mother’s unmanifesto
www.karenmaezenmiller.com

Do not be me. Do not act like me, look like me, talk like me, live like me or remember me. If you should, in some late season, see me in you

How to be happier by doing nothing
inpursuitofhappiness.net

Doing nothing provides the perfect counterbalance to doing what matters most.

Medicine Wheel: Diversity and Inclusion
naturalwisdom.blogspot.com

In October, we hosted the Keydong nuns as they created the Mandala of Avalokitesvaha in this space. This month, Medicine Wheel Productions c

Writing Our Way Home blog: About
plantingwords.blogspot.com

About. Welcome! We're Kaspa & Fiona, and we want to help you slow down and fall in love with the world through writing. But before w

Sensuality
aileendashurova2.blogspot.com

Just a title that cuts to the quick on this subject. One of the things that we are doing to ourselves and to our blossoming children is omit