About the Author
Rev. Danny Fisher, M.Div., D.B.S., is an 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 at Hartford Seminary. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Religion from Denison University, Master of Divinity from Naropa University, and Doctorate in Buddhist Studies at UWest. Danny was ordained as a lay Buddhist minister by the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California and the Los Angeles Buddhist Union in 2008. In addition, he is certified as a mindfulness meditation instructor by Naropa University in association with Shambhala International. He 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 (patheos.com/blogs/dannyfisher), Danny has also written for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly, Shambhala Sun, 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, Alternet’s Wiretap Magazine, elephantjournal.com, and other publications. He has commented on and been quoted about 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 Danny “one of the Buddhists you should be following on Twitter” (@RevDannyFisher). 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 to be Climate Leader by Former Vice President Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project. (You can request a climate presentation with Danny at presenters.climaterealityproject.org/presenter/danny-fisher_3340.) His award-winning website is http://www.dannyfisher.org.