Blog Profile / Rev. Danny Fisher

Filed Under:Religion / Buddhism
Posts on Regator:502
Posts / Week:2
Archived Since:November 5, 2010

Blog Post Archive

New Video Interview with Saving Mes Aynak Director Brent E. Huffman at American Buddhist Perspectives

I was honoured to interview director Brent E. Huffman recently about his important new film Saving Mes Aynak, which documents the struggle to protect a Buddhist archaeological site in Afghanistan from destruction by a Fortune 500 mining company. Show More Summary

CNN Quotes Me and One of My Essays in a New Article About the Amtrak 188 Crash

Daniel Burke is one of our greatest religion journalists, and an absolutely wonderful guy as well. I got to know him when I was working as an academic and minister, and spoke to him for articles like this one and this one. We’ve stayed in touch via social media, and I’ve remained an enormous admirer of his work. […]

New Article at Religion Dispatches: “Who Would the Buddha Bomb?”

My latest article for Religion Dispatches looks at a few disparate conversations about the Dharma, war, and peace that are currently taking place in American Buddhist circles — including one that has come out of last week’s historic gathering of Buddhist leaders at the White House. Here’s a snippet: In his book An Introduction to […]

New Article at Religion Dispatches: “A Religion Scholar Gets It Wrong on Indiana’s RFRA”

I like Stephen Prothero. We’ve met a couple of times, and I keep up with him on social media. I’ve also interviewed him, and genuinely think the Boston University religion prof has done an enormous lot through his bestselling books (including Religious Literacy and God Is… Read More

I’ll Be Speaking at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto on March 28th

If you’re in the Toronto area, I hope you’ll consider coming to my speaking engagement at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto on March 28th. I’ll be presenting a talk based on a piece of writing I’m working on.

We’re Moving!

Off the Cushion with Danny Fisher has transmogrified into a new podcast — A People’s Buddhism with Dr. Danny Fisher.  Please update your iTunes subscription here. If you use another web-based podcatcher, you can update your subscription with Feedburner here. On a related note, this entire site will soon be moving over to Please update […]

EPISODE #8: “Ajahn Brahm and the Struggle for Gender Equality in the Sangha”

This week, it’s our exclusive audio interview with Ajahn Brahm, abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery. We discuss the reaction to the ordination of a group of Therav?da nuns at his temple, as well as his call for gender equality in Buddhism that was banned from the United Nations Day of Vesak 2014. In addition, Karuna Buddhist Vihara…

EPISODE #7: “When Does Ethnocentric Buddhism Become Buddhist Terror?”

This week, as U.S. President Barack Obama prepares for his second visit to Burma, we look at the escalating violence against Rohingya Muslims by Burmese Buddhists in the country. Dr. Paul Fuller talks to us about his proposed term for understanding this phenomenon: “Ethnocentric Buddhism.” In addition, Myra Dahgaypaw, Campaigns Coordinator for the U.S. Campaign for…

EPISODE #6: “How Vimalak?rti and T?r? May Influence the 2014 Midterm Elections”

This week, with only days to go before the 2014 U.S. midterm elections, we are joined by two active candidates: one a devoted Buddhist, and the other with a background in the academic study of the religion. First, New Hampshire’s Suzanne Harvey, who was Nashua’s Ward 2 Democratic State Representative from 2005-2010, shares how her…

EPISODE #5: “The Mandala Project”

This week, we conclude our three-part series on issues of diversity, privilege, and conflict in light of events in Ferguson, MO, with an introduction to the Mandala Project by its main architects: Rev. angel Kyodo Williams and Lama Rod Owens. They explain the still-in-the-works initiative and how it aims to help create cultures of welcoming.…

EPISODE #4: “Building Diversity-Mature Sanghas”

This week, our look at issues of diversity, privilege, and conflict in light of events in Ferguson, MO, continues with Buddhist teacher, author, mentor, and community activist Mushim Patricia Ikeda. She joins us for an extended conversation about a range of issues, including the qualities practitioners will need to cultivate if they want to respond…

EPISODE #3: “Buddhism in America After Ferguson”

This week, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s Director of Training & Development, Dawn Haney, and Director of Media and Action, Katie Loncke, tell us about the organization’s recent national gathering, and its many teaching moments around diversity and conflict. Plus: Katie and Dawn also discuss the BPF’s recent protest against the first responder training and trade…

Episode #2 Extras

We’re running behind getting all the extras for this episode up — there are quite a few! — but the most important is below: Kalyanee Mam’s “op-doc” for the New York Times, Fight for Areng Valley. Come back soon for a full set of ext...

Episode #2: “Cambodia’s Social Justice Monks”

This week, award-winning filmmaker and New York Times contributor Kalyanee Mam talks to us about the cause of Cambodian Buddhism’s very active clergymen, the International Monk Network for Social Justice. Plus: Peter Gyallay-Pap, Executive...Show More Summary

Episode #1 Extras

Each episode of Off the Cushion with Danny Fisher includes extras — relevant links, additional content, information about opportunities or events mentioned in the episode,  things we find helpful, and more. Here are the extras for Episode #1: “Ven. Show More Summary

EPISODE #1: “Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi and the People’s Climate March”

This week, an extended conversation with the mighty Buddhist monk and scholar who has forcefully challenged practitioners to act against social, economic, political, and environmental injustice: Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi. Plus: Cat Jaffee,’s Digital Campaigner for U.S. Show More Summary

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