From stressed-out cop to Buddhist teacher
Cheri Maples became a Buddhist dharma teacher in 2008.
February 10th, 2011
07:45 AM ET

From stressed-out cop to Buddhist teacher

By Susan Hauser, Oprah.com

When a former police captain stumbled on spirituality, she discovered a different way to serve and protect.

For Cheri Maples, enlightenment began in a chiropractor's office. It was 1991, and the Madison, Wisconsin, policewoman needed treatment for a back injury - she'd been hoisting a stolen moped out of a car trunk; in the waiting room, Maples flipped through a copy of "Being Peace" by the Buddhist monk and activist Thich Nhat Hanh.

"It was so simple, so no-nonsense," she recalls. "He described what mindfulness and meditation actually look like in day-to-day life. It gave me the desire to know more."

Seventeen years later, Maples had traded her crisp police blues for earth-toned robes when Nhat Hanh ordained her as a Buddhist dharma teacher.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. greenleaf

    @Justina are you a rastafarain? put the pipe down.

    February 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • B.J. Moritz

      Hey now. Don't insult pot smokers by comparing them to Justina's ignorance.

      February 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  2. Justina

    She should work for religious freedom in Buddhist-majority regions and nations. Buddhists don't allow freedom of conscience. The Eastern religions hold no one accountable for evil actions. A nice spirituality for bored, irresponsible Western hedonists.

    February 12, 2011 at 3:46 am |
  3. pete

    That pic is of a she?

    February 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  4. sealchan

    "Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." Luke 12:27

    Jesus' "Flower Sermon"?

    February 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
  5. David Johnson

    This is great! No proselytizing. No pamphlets with John 3:16 silliness! No requests for money. No prosperity gospel.

    Just peaceful meditation! I think this woman is fantastic!


    February 10, 2011 at 8:42 am |
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