Rev. Danny Fisher
Chair of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Department
Faculty of Buddhist Chaplaincy
Tel: (626)571-8811, ext. 345
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Rev. Danny Fisher, M.Div., D.B.S., is a tenured Associate Professor and Chair of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Department at University of the West in Rosemead, CA. Prior to his appointment at UWest, he served on the adjunct faculty for Antioch Education Abroad’s Buddhist Studies in India program. He is also Adjunct Professor in Chaplaincy for Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT.
Danny earned his bachelor’s degree in Religion with a concentration in Buddhist Studies from Denison University, Master of Divinity from Naropa University, and Doctorate in Buddhist Studies at UWest.
Ordained as a lay Buddhist minister by the Los Angeles Buddhist Union and the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California in 2008, he is also certified as a mindfulness meditation instructor by Naropa University in association with Shambhala International. Danny also serves on the advisory council for the Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, and in 2009 became the first-ever Buddhist member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains.
Author of the Patheos blog Off the Cushion, he has also written for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Shambhala Sun, Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly, Inquiring Mind, The Journal of Buddhist Ethics, The Journal of Global Buddhism, The Journal of Religion & Film, The Middle Way: Journal of the Buddhist Society, Religion Dispatches, elephantjournal.com, and other publications. Danny has also commented on Buddhism in America and other religious issues for CNN, the Religion News Service, Buddhist Geeks, E! Entertainment Television, and The Washington Post’s On Faith as well. In 2011, the editors of The Huffington Post called him “one of the Buddhists you should be following on Twitter” (@RevDannyFisher).
Danny is also the author of Benefit Beings!: The Buddhist Guide to Professional Chaplaincy (Off the Cushion Books, 2013), and contributed chapters to editors Willa B. Miller and Cheryl A. Giles’ The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work (Wisdom Publications, 2013) and editor Daniel S. Schipani’s Multifaith Views in Spiritual Care (Pandora Press, 2013).
He was also a participant in the historic first Dharmic Religions and Faith Institutional Leadership Conference, held at The White House in Washington, D.C., on April 20, 2012. In addition, during August 2012, he was trained and certified as a Climate Leader in the Climate Reality Leadership Corps by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Former Vice President Al Gore.
His award-winning website is http://www.dannyfisher.org.
COMING SOON: Danny interviews Somaly Mam, Cambodian sexual slavery survivor and activist, for the fall 2013 issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. For more information, visit www.tricycle.com.
Watch the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ ALOUD series event “An Evening with Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman – The Dude and the Zen Master, in Conversation with Rev. Danny Fisher”.
Watch the book trailer for Danny’s Benefit Beings!: The Buddhist Guide to Professional Chaplaincy.
Read Danny’s special report for Patheos, “A Buddhist Minister’s Experience of the Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention”.
Watch a clip of Danny teaching on Engaged Buddhism at Long Beach Meditation.
Read Danny’s open letter to Mr. Neil Nguyen and the Little Saigon 2013 Tet Parade Committee.
Read Danny’s review of Charles S. Prebish’s An American Buddhist Life: Memoirs of a Modern Dharma Pioneer in The Journal of Global Buddhism 14 (2013).
Download “Competency Guidelines: Sheltering & Mass Care for Buddhists” from the National Disaster Interfaiths Network, co-written by Danny.
Read Tricycle: The Buddhist Review’s online interview with Danny.
Read Danny’s article “Found in Translation” for the Fall 2012 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly.