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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Off the Cushion Books (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615796494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615796499
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,560,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ryusho on April 4, 2013
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I have finished reading about half ok the Kindle version. I know, as a person who has published both paper and digital versions of my book, the formatting of the digital version can be challenging. Many places in the digital version are so indented that over half the digital page is blank with only a few words per line.

As an ordained Buddhist priest and someone who has submitted the required papers for the MDiv equivalency, having just been approved for Level II, and nearing the end of a year long residency accumulating 5 units of CPE, the information in your book is accurate, straightforward and would have been useful to me had it been available. I have managed to 'discover' through process and trial and error what you have so succinctly presented.

I would encourage any Buddhist who is thinking of pursuing BCC to consider seriously using this book as a guide full of valuable information. I myself am hoping to go before committee sometime next year.

One of the noteworthy things you point out in addition to the clear outline of the process is how Buddhist are sometimes received in predominantly non-Buddhist institutions. I have been fortunate, being at a facility in Charlotte, NC. which has been very intentional about their efforts to embrace multiculturalism.

Good book, now after you have a chance to breath and catch up with other projects, take some time and work on the ebook formatting. I know it can be a real bugaboo, but your future readers will appreciate you for it.

With Gassho, and bows
Rev. Ryusho Jeffus
Nichiren Shu Head Priest, Myosho-ji
Chaplain Resident
Carolinas HealthCare System CMC-Main
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This book appears to be from a dissertation. He does a good job of reviewing some of the history of chaplaincy and the state of the art to date. I was somewhat disappointed in that most of what he suggests are simply rewording of other works on Chaplaincy and I had hoped there would be more in depth disection and introspective critique.
None-the-less, the text does provide a fairly good review.
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