“The Buddha’s Dharma is a Social Dharma.  In not only his rhetoric, but also the vernacular in which he chose to express himself, the message was clear: benefit beings. The Buddha was a leveler—he didn’t believe awakening was restricted to just a privileged few.  He taught that nobility was determined not by birth or status, but by the practices of calm-abiding, wisdom, and virtue—practices that can be undertaken by anyone at any moment.”                 — Rev. Danny Fisher

Rev. Danny Fisher, M.Div., D.B.S. (Cand.), is a professor and Coordinator of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at University of the West. Prior to his appointment at UWest, he served on the adjunct faculty for Antioch Education Abroad’s Buddhist Studies in India program. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Religion from Denison University and Master of Divinity from Naropa University, and is currently finishing his doctorate in Buddhist Studies at UWest.

Danny was ordained as a lay Buddhist minister by the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California 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.

A blogger for Shambhala Sun and elephant journal, he has also written for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Religion Dispatches, The Journal of Buddhist Ethics, The Journal of Religion & Film, Eastern Horizon, New York Spirit, Alternet’s Wiretap Magazine, and other publications. In addition, he has commented on Buddhism in America for the BBC, the Associated Press, E! Entertainment Television, the Religion News Service, Buddhist Geeks, and The New York Times.

His award-winning website is http://www.dannyfisher.org.

“No Buddhists in Washington?” by Rev. Danny Fisher, Religion Dispatches: Politics, Nov 29, 2009