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Maia Duerr is a writer, consultant, longtime Zen practitioner, and meditation teacher known for her work in the fields of mindfulness and social engagement. She has served as the executive director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and the coordinator of the Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Program. Maia has a background in cultural anthropology and has applied her expertise in these areas to support individuals and organizations in finding greater clarity, purpose, and resilience. She has written extensively on topics related to mindfulness, creativity, and social change, and is the author of “Work That Matters: Create a Livelihood that Reflects Your Core Intention.”

Buddhadharma offers us a tried-and-true compass to navigate a changing world, one that is shifting even more rapidly and in often heartbreaking ways. Through this column, I share ways that Buddhist teachings and practices have supported my own journey, as well as reflect on how the Dharma gives us a path to understand and respond to collective challenges including climate emergency, social breakdown, and racial and economic injustice.

Dharma Compass is published monthly.

Gender Equity: Time to Wake Up!

Mahapajapati deserves to be remembered as the founder of the great women’s community that remains to this day, and as a woman who stood up for gender equity, beginning work that is ongoing

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The Pandemic Sutra

BDG columnist Maia Duerr ponders the meaning of the pandemic and the hope for change as we confront our interconnectedness

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Indigeneity and Dharma

A guide to understanding and deepening our connection to the earth and its long history of indigenous people with humility and reverence

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Dharma Guideposts

Introducing contributor Maia Duerr and her new column Dharma Compass, with an exploration of her background in Buddhism and Zen

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