Cheri Maples

Cheri Maples

Cheri Maples was a dharma teacher, keynote speaker, organizational consultant and trainer, and the cofounder of the Center for Mindfulness and Justice. In 2008 she was ordained a dharma teacher by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, her long-time spiritual teacher. For 25 years Cheri worked in the criminal justice system, as an Assistant Attorney General in the Wisconsin Department of Justice, head of Probation and Parole for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and as a police officer with the City of Madison Police Department, earning the rank of Captain of Personnel and Training. Cheri passed away in late July, 2017.

Recent Articles

A Conversation with Traditional Chinese Medicine Chef Zoey Xinyi Gong

Zoey Xinyi Gong talks to Karen Jensen about her relationship to Buddhism and how it informs her work as a dietician and Traditional Chinese Medicine chef. Plus, two recipes from “The Five Elements Cookbook.”

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A Buddhist Cop’s Approach to Justice

Cheri Maples, a student of Thich Nhat Hanh and former police officer, addresses the current crisis in policing and how a Buddhist outlook could help.