Curriculum Vitae

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EDUCATION

RYERSON UNIVERSITY
Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media, October 2019.
Major Research Project: “The Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project.”
Primary Supervisor: Dr. Blake Fitzpatrick, Chair of the School of Image Arts.
Advisor: Dr. Bruno Lessard, Director of the MFA Documentary Media Program.

UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST
Doctorate in Buddhist Studies, May 2013.
Doctoral Project: “Benefit Beings!: The Buddhist Guide to Professional Chaplaincy.”
Advisor: Dr. Joshua Capitanio, Religious Studies Department.
Readers: Dr. Kenneth A. Locke, Dr. Miroj Shakya, and Dr. William Howe.

NAROPA UNIVERSITY
Master of Divinity, History of Religions track, May 2006.
Thesis: “Attending to the Buddha: The Importance of Buddhist Theology for
Practitioners Working as Professional Healthcare Chaplains.”
Advisors: Dr. Victoria Howard and Dr. Roger Dorris, Religious Studies Department.

DENISON UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Arts, Religion, May 2001.

ADDITIONAL COURSEWORK

CENTER FOR DOCUMENTARY STUDIES AT DUKE UNIVERSITY
Courses: “Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies: Ethics and Practice,” “Writing
Documentary Nonfiction” (online), “Bearing Witness: Documentary Writing and Social
Justice” (online), and “Master Class: Nonfiction Writing.” March – June 2015.

SAMARITAN COUNSELING & EDUCATION CENTER OF COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Successful completion of one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (as a chaplain intern at Boulder Community Hospital in Boulder, CO), August 2005.

ANTIOCH EDUCATION ABROAD: BUDDHIST STUDIES IN INDIA PROGRAM
August – December 1999.

PROFESSIONAL ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

TEACHING

Contract Lecturer, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, January 2020 – May 2020. Course: “Documentary Studies II.”

Graduate Assistant, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, September 2017 – May 2018. Course: “From Page to Screen.”

Associate Professor, Department of Buddhist Chaplaincy, University of the West, June 2013 – June 2014. Tenure-Track Faculty, Department of Buddhist Chaplaincy, University of the West, June 2012 – May 2013. Tenure-Track Faculty, Department of Religious Studies, University of the West, April 2009 – May 2012. Courses: “Service Learning,” “Interfaith Chaplaincy,” “Pastoral Theology,” “Spiritual Leadership,” “Practical Psychology for Chaplains,” “Buddhist Homiletics,” “Spiritual Care and Counseling,” “Chaplaincy Roles and Competencies,” “Spiritual Formation for Buddhist Chaplains,” “Communication Skills for Chaplaincy,” “Groups, Systems, and Chaplaincy,” “Scriptural Texts for Chaplaincy,” “Religion, Science, and Society,” and (with Dr. Jane Naomi Iwamura) “Buddhist Ministry and the Prison-Industrial Complex.”

Adjunct Chaplaincy Faculty, Hartford Seminary, January – May 2013. Course: “Assisting the Process: Life Transitions in the Context of Spiritual Care and Counseling.”

Teaching Assistant and Dorm Advisor, Buddhist Studies in India Program, Antioch Education Abroad, August 2006 – January 2007. Course: “Meditation Traditions.”

Teaching Assistant, Department of Religious Studies, Naropa University, August 2004 – May 2006. Courses: “The First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma: The Nature of Mind and Emotions,” “The Second Turning of the Wheel of Dharma: The Bodhisattva Path,” and “Religion in the Human Experience.”

ADMINISTRATIVE

Chair of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Department, Department of Buddhist Chaplaincy, University of the West, June 2012 – June 2014.

Coordinator of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, Department of Religious Studies,
University of the West, April 2009 – May 2012.

OTHER HIGHER EDUCATION EXPERIENCE

Class Representative (MFA in Documentary Media Program), Graduate Council, Ryerson University, November 2017 – June 2019.

Committee Member, Buddhist Studies Advisory Committee, Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, August 2014 – May 2017.

Chaplain Intern, Naropa University, August 2005 – May 2006.

HONORS AND AWARDS

2011 Outstanding Teaching Award, given by the President and Dean of Academic Affairs upon nomination of the faculty of University of the West, University of the West, May 2011.

S.U.N. Spot Award, given jointly by the Student Union of Naropa and the faculty of Naropa University, Naropa University, May 2006.

Dean’s Distinguished Leadership Award, Office of the Dean of Students, Denison University, May 2001.

Denison Campus Governance Association Award for Distinguished Service, Denison Campus Governance Association, Denison University, May 2000.

Denison Community Association Award for Distinguished Service, Denison Community Association, Denison University, May 1999.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Ryerson Faculty Association Scholarship (Special Award for Commitment to Social Justice/Labour Relations), Ryerson Faculty Association, Ryerson University, February 2019.

Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Master’s Program), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, September 2018 – May 2019.

Ryerson Graduate Fellowship, Graduate Studies, Ryerson University, September 2017 – May 2018.

Taiwan Research Trip Scholarship, International Buddhist Education Fund, University of the West, January 2008.

Academic Scholarship, International Buddhist Education Fund, University of the West, January – December 2007.

Naropa Scholarship, Naropa University, Boulder, CO, August 2003 – May 2006.

Honor Scholarship, Naropa University, Boulder, CO, August 2004 – May 2005.

Woodyard Summer Scholar, “Moment to Moment: Buddhist Practice Inside the World’s Prison Systems,” Department of Religion, Denison University, June – August 2000.

Woodyard Summer Scholar, “‘Vegetarians and Process Theologians and Ecofeminists — Oh My!’: An Examination of Theological Perspectives within the Animal Rights Movement,” Department of Religion, Denison University, June – August 1999.

ORAL HISTORY PROJECTS

The Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project (website and exhibition).
Produced in the Documentary Media Program (MFA), Ryerson University, 2019.
Exhibition: The Image Factory, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University. June 19, 2019.
Website: https://www.cjohp.org

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook to Caring for Your Buddhist Community. Co-edited with Nathan Jishin Michon. Richmond Hill, ON: Sumeru Press, 2016.

BOOK CHAPTERS

“In the Mix: The Collaborative Video Essay in Theory and Praxis” (co-authored with Vicki Callahan, Nicole Richter, J.D. Bradley, Christina Lane, and Liz Cambron) in Eduardo Navas, Owen Gallagher, and xtine burrough’s The Routledge Handbook of Digital Humanities and Remix Studies. New York: Routledge, 2020.

“The Poitras Test: On WikiLeaks, Journalistic Ethics, and Integrity” in Robert Arp and Christian Cotton’s WikiLeaking: The Ethics of Secrecy and Exposure. Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company, 2019.

“Three Yanas for Wise Caring: A Buddhist Perspective on Spiritual Care” in Daniel S. Schipani’s Multifaith Views in Spiritual Care. Kitchener: Pandora Press, 2013.

“May You Always Be a Student” in Cheryl Giles and Willa Miller’s The Arts of
Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work
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Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2012.

ARTICLES

“Visualizing Voices from Chernobyl: Oral History, Literary Adaptation, and the ‘New Documentary’ Turn,” PopMatters (forthcoming).

“Voices from the Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project”, The Oral History Review Blog, November 22, 2019.

“The Unbearable Centrism of Mainstream Documentaries”, New Politics, August 24, 2018.

“In Defense of Errol Morris’s Standard Operating Procedure, PopMatters, May 11, 2018.

“The ‘Inescapable Need and Possibility’ of Third Cinema”, New Politics, February 27, 2018.

Dunkirk: Keep Calm and Carry On?” Culture Matters, August 25, 2017.

“‘Just Wait’: On the 35th Anniversary of John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)”, Diabolique, August 13, 2017.

“A People’s Buddhism?” Political Animal Magazine, March 28, 2017.

“The Problem of Access: Weiner (2016) and the Limitations of the Fly-on-the-Wall Documentary”, Bright Lights Film Journal, February 9, 2017.

“The Teacher Racket”, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, vol. 27, no. 2, Winter 2016.

“Why PBS, and Viewers Like You, Must Continue Saving POV and Independent Lens, Medium, September 8, 2015.

“Who Would the Buddha Bomb?” Religion Dispatches, May 20, 2015.

“A Religion Scholar Gets It Wrong on Indiana’s RFRA”, Religion Dispatches, April 19, 2015.

“No, *Let’s* Worry About Social Security: Or, On Language, Privilege, Responsibility, and Dharma Teaching”, Turning Wheel Media, February 3, 2014.

“Green Machine”, Turning Wheel Media, December 9, 2013.

“A Report from Amnesty International’s DC Town Hall Event with Aung San Suu Kyi (with Video)”, Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly, September 27, 2012.

“Found in Translation”, Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly, vol. 20, Fall 2012.

“‘More Like This, Please’: On the Importance of Written Work about Buddhism and
Chaplaincy,” The Middle Way: Journal of The Buddhist Society, vol. 86, no. 4, February
2012.

“Gratitude”, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, August 17, 2011.

“Growing Into Practice”, Inquiring Mind, Spring 2011.

“Why Are Some Buddhists Sitting Out the Islamophobia Debate?” Lion’s Roar,
September 27, 2010.

“Nielsen Ratings, the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, and Fox News’ Buddhist
Problem”, Lion’s Roar, April 29, 2010.

“No Buddhists in Washington?” Religion Dispatches, Nov. 29, 2009.

“Mindful Music”, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, vol. 18, no. 3, Spring 2009.

“Dharmasong: Getting to Know the Dharma Through Music,” Eastern Horizon, issue no.
22, January 2008.

“Remembering Maha Ghosananda,” Eastern Horizon, issue no. 22, April 2007.

“Chanting for a Cadillac” (coauthored with C. Peter Bankart), Newsletter of the
Transnational Network for the Study of Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Wellbeing,
July 2003.

“Blue Jean Buddhists”, AlterNet, October 22, 2001. (Reprinted in New York Spirit, December 2001.)

RESOURCES

“Competency Guidelines: Sheltering and Mass Care for Buddhists” (with the USC Dornsife Center for Religion and Civic Culture), National Disaster Interfaiths Network, December 2012.

REVIEWS

Mitchell Abidor, May Made Me: An Oral History of the 1968 Uprising in France, in H-Socialisms (forthcoming).

Donatella Della Ratta, Shooting a Revolution: Visual Media and Warfare in Syria, in H-Socialisms, September 22, 2019.

Grasshopper Films, Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, in PopMatters, March 14, 2019.

Mongrel Media, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, in PopMatters, November 16, 2018.

Charles S. Prebish, An American Buddhist Life: Memoirs of a Modern Dharma Pioneer, in the Journal of Global Buddhism 14 (2013): 19-22.

EuropaCorp, The Lady, in Lion’s Roar, December 9, 2011.

Fox Searchlight, The Tree of Life, in the Journal of Religion and Film, vol. 15, no. 2, October 2011.

Paramount Pictures, True Grit, in the Journal of Religion and Film, vol. 15, no. 1, April 2011.

Gregg Eller, Recalling a Buddha: Memories of the Sixteenth Karmapa, in the Journal of Religion and Film, vol. 14, no. 2, October 2010.

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inception, in the Journal of Religion and Film, vol. 14, no. 1, April 2010.

Kristin Beise Kiblinger, Buddhist Inclusivism: Attitudes Towards Religious Others, in the Journal of Buddhist Ethics, vol. 16, March 2010.

Columbia Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Quantum of Solace, in the Journal of Religion and Film, vol. 13, no. 1, April 2009.

Paramount Pictures, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in the Journal of Religion and Film, vol. 12, no. 2, October 2008.

Warner Bros. Pictures, The Dark Knight, in the Journal of Religion and Film, vol. 12, no. 2, October 2008.

Universal Pictures, The Bourne Ultimatum, in the Journal of Religion and Film, vol. 11, no. 2, October 2007.

Warner Bros. Pictures, The Ultimate Matrix Collection, in the Journal of Religion and Film, vol. 10, no. 1, April 2006.

Reginald A. Ray, In the Presence of Masters: Wisdom from 30 Contemporary Tibetan Buddhist Teachers, in Eastern Horizon, issue no. 15, December 2004.

Noah Levine, Dharma Punx, in Dharma Life, issue no. 22, April 2004.

Joseph Goldstein, One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, in Eastern Horizon, issue no. 11, May 2003.

INTERVIEWS

“Rodney Ascher on the Art of the Horror Documentary”, Nonfics, July 3, 2018.

“Laura Dunn on Look & See and the Challenge of Documenting Wendell Berry”, Nonfics, October 26, 2017.

“Interview: Festival Programmer and Pure Nonfiction Host Thom Powers”, Nonfics, January 5, 2017.

“Daniel Clarkson Fisher Interviews Brent E. Huffman, Director of Saving Mes Aynak, American Buddhist Perspectives, June 4, 2015.

Dakini Power Author Dr. Michaela Haas Talks Women in Buddhism”, Lion’s Roar, August 7, 2013.

“It’s Just Who We Are”, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, vol. 23, no. 1, Fall 2013.

“Susan Piver on Her Upcoming Writers’ Retreat in New York”, Lion’s Roar, November 30, 2012.

“Meet Ven. Miao Hong — First Buddhist Appointee to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships”, Lion’s Roar, November 5, 2012.

“Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi Talks About Buddhist Global Relief’s Walks to Feed the Hungry”, Lion’s Roar, October 9, 2012.

“Reconnecting with Essence-Love: A New Interview with Tsoknyi Rinpoche”, Lion’s Roar, May 17, 2012.

“International Women’s Day 2012: Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi on Addressing the Often ‘Subordinate Status of Girls and Women’”, Lion’s Roar, March 6, 2012.

“Keep Your Eyes Peeled! — Lama Surya Das on Humor, Contemplative Education, Technology, and the Secrets of Tibetan Mindfulness”, Lion’s Roar, February 27, 2012.

When the Iron Bird Flies — An Interview with Director/Producer Amber Bemak”, Lion’s Roar, February 7, 2012.

“‘Augmenting, Not Replacing’: An Interview with Rohan Gunatillake About the New Meditation App buddhify”, The Buddhist Channel, January 15, 2012.

“‘There Is No Pizza in Nibbana’ — Mirka Knaster and Robert Pryor on Anagarika Munindra”, Lion’s Roar, December 28, 2011.

“‘Happy Birthday, Dr. Ari!’ Danny Fisher Talks to Engaged Buddhism Icon A.T. Ariyaratne”, Lion’s Roar, November 7, 2011.

“What’s ‘After Buddhism’? An Interview with Stephen Batchelor”, Lion’s Roar, October 25, 2011.

“‘Holding Up Our End of the Bargain’: Danny Fisher Interviews Three Members of the Award-Winning Buddhist Association at the University of California-Irvine”, Lion’s Roar, August 6, 2011.

“The Great American Buddhist Teachers Council”, The Buddhist Channel, June 24, 2011.

“Robert Thurman: The Danny Fisher / Shambhala SunSpace Interview”, Lion’s Roar, March 30, 2011.

“‘All About the Bodhisattva Ethic’: John Harding and Charles Prebish Remember Dr. Leslie Kawamura”, Lion’s Roar, March 17, 2011.

“Interview: Sharon Salzberg Talks Happiness, Possibility, Twitter, and More with Danny Fisher”, Lion’s Roar, February 22, 2011.

“Uncovering the Meaning of Mindfulness: A Conversation with Joseph Goldstein”, Lion’s Roar, January 4, 2011.

“Frozen Yoga and McMindfulness: Miles Neale on the Mainstreaming of Contemplative Religious Practices”, Lion’s Roar, December 15, 2010.

“Dana Wiki and the Future of American Buddhism: Danny Fisher Interviews Joshua Eaton”, Lion’s Roar, November 29, 2010.

“Frank Ostaseski on How to Offer Compassionate Companionship to the Dying”, Lion’s Roar, November 11, 2010.

“Talking Buddhism, Film, and Literature with John Whalen-Bridge”, Lion’s Roar, November 8, 2010.

“The Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Recent Meeting of the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty”, Lion’s Roar, October 22, 2010.

“‘Only If We Are Not Listening…’” The Buddhist Channel, October 17, 2010.

“Mindfulness and the Cessation of Suffering: An Exclusive New Interview with Mindfulness Pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn”, Lion’s Roar, October 7, 2010.

“Allan Badiner Talks American Buddhism and Psychedelics”, Lion’s Roar, September 8, 2010.

“On the Buddhism Beat: ‘Know Your Tendai’ — A Q&A with Dr. Stephen G. Covell”, Lion’s Roar, August 16, 2010.

“On the Buddhism Beat: Bhikkhu Bodhi Goes to Washington”, Lion’s Roar, August 4, 2010.

“On the Buddhism Beat: A Conversation with Sarah Wilkinson, One of the Buddhist Literary Heritage Project’s American Ambassadors”, Lion’s Roar, July 26, 2010.

“On the Buddhism Beat: The Democratic Voice of Burma’s Aye Chan Naing and 2010 Oscar-Nominee Anders Østergaard on the HBO Premiere of Burma VJ, Lion’s Roar, July 14, 2010.

“On the Buddhism Beat: Engaged Buddhists at the Most Recent Parliament of the World’s Religions”, Lion’s Roar, July 8, 2010.

“A Zen Master Bears Witness to Our Radical Interdependence at Arizona’s National Day of Action Against SB1070”, Lion’s Roar, June 13, 2010.

“On the Buddhism Beat: ‘Happy Birthday, International Buddhist Flag!’” Lion’s Roar, June 1, 2010.

“On the Buddhism Beat: Buddhism Without Borders”, Lion’s Roar, April 10, 2010.

“On the Buddhism Beat: What’s Going On in Thailand?” Lion’s Roar, March 29, 2010.

“On the Buddhism Beat: U Pyinya Zawta and Burma VJ at the Oscars!” Lion’s Roar, March 8, 2010.

“On the Buddhism Beat: The Karmapa in Europe?” Lion’s Roar, February 28, 2010.

“On the Buddhism Beat: An Interview with Buddhist Filmmaker James Zito”, Lion’s Roar, February 16, 2010.

“Helping Haiti: Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi Speaks to Danny Fisher”, Lion’s Roar, January 23, 2010.

“An Interview with 2LT Rev. Somya Malasri,” Eastern Horizon, issue no. 25, December
2008.

“Lay Buddhism & Monasticism: An Interview with Judith Simmer-Brown,” Eastern
Horizon, issue no. 18, January 2006.

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

5100 Yonge (2018, HD digital video, color, 16:9, 3 mins.)

There Is Power in a Union (2017, HD digital video, color, 16:9, 7 mins.)

Day 61 (2017, HD digital video, color, 16:9, 14 mins.)

Shock Values (2017, 2.7K digital video, color and black & white, 4:3, 11 mins.)

AUDIOVISUAL ESSAYS

“Brand Hex” (February 13, 2018)

“Visualizing Chomsky” (January 30, 2018)

“I Am Not Your Documentary” (December 14, 2017)

“McElwee on McElwee” (November 15, 2017)

“Before Charlottesville: Ten Documentaries that Confront White Supremacy” (September 9, 2017)

“On Thom Andersen’s Pick for the ‘Most Remarkable’ Documentary of the ’00s” (August 14, 2017)

“Towards an Anti-War Film Canon: Ten American Essentials” (May 3, 2017)

“The Dark Knight Resists” (April 7, 2017)

“We Sleep: On the Enduring Propheticism of John Carpenter’s They Live (March 23, 2017) [Named a Vimeo “Staff Pick” on April 17, 2017.]

“Spielberg and Surveillance” (February 21, 2017)

“Concerning the Best Documentary Oscar” (September 7, 2016)

“Ten Distinguished Documentarians Talk About Ten Fiction Films” (June 9, 2016)

“The Documentarian Dreams of Celluloid” (May 12, 2016).

“Making a True Crime Documentary: Part II” (April 8, 2016).

“Making a True Crime Documentary: Part I” (March 31, 2016).

PODCASTS

Doc This! (2018 – 2019). Co-host.

Off the Cushion with Danny Fisher (2014). Producer and host.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Photograph of Buddhist scholar Reginald A. Ray at Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO, January 2004, used in Charles S. Prebish’s An American Buddhist Life: Memoirs of a Modern Dharma Pioneer (Richmond Hill, ON: Sumeru Press, 2011).

Photograph of banner hung by the Tibetan Volunteers for Animals (TVA) at the Mahabodhi Mahavihara, Bodhgaya, Bihar, India, December 2006, used in “Gere: Bodhgaya Could Go Vegetarian,” Snow Lion, vol. 24, no. 10, Spring 2010.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

“Attending to the Buddha: The Importance of Buddhist Theology for Practitioners Working as Professional Healthcare Chaplains,” Buddhist Critical-Constructive Reflection Group, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 3, 2008, Chicago, IL.

PROGRAMS AND WORKSHOPS

Presenter, “The Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project,” Toronto Hakka Conference 2020, York University, July 3-5, 2020, Toronto, ON (scheduled).

Introduction and Post-Screening Discussion Moderator, Centre for Free Expression 2019-2020 Film Series: Michael Moore’s Sicko (2007), School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, March 10, 2020, Toronto, ON.

Presenter, “Voices from the Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project,” the 6th Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and Creative Practice, Concordia University, March 22, 2019, Montréal, QC.

Co-facilitator, “In the Mix: The Collaborative Video Essay in Theory and Praxis” (with Dr. Vicki Callahan), 2018 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, March 14, 2018, Toronto, ON.

Panelist, Caring for Our Communities: Buddhist-Christian Interfaith Dialogue Panel, Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, January 27, 2017, Toronto, ON.

Moderator, Panel on “Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy in Canada,” Applied Buddhism Conference, Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, October 14, 2016, Toronto, ON.

Moderator, 3rd Buddhist Chaplaincy Roundtable, Emmanuel College and the Buddhist Education Foundation for Canada, Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association, December 6, 2014, Scarborough, ON.

Contributing Teacher, Eco-Dharma Conference and Retreat, Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, August 7 – 11, 2014, Springfield, NH.

Speaker, Buddhist Global Relief’s 2013 Los Angeles Walk to Feed the Hungry, Against the Stream Meditation Center, November 17, 2013, Santa Monica, CA.

Panelist, Vesak 2013 Guest Panel on “The Life of the Buddha” (with Dr. Kathy Kangarloo, Dr. Miroj Shakya, Dr. Victor Gabriel, and Rev. Michael Tran), Buddhist Association at UCI, University of California at Irvine, May 19, 2013, Irvine, CA.

Moderator, An Evening with Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman: The Dude and the Zen Master in Conversation with Rev. Danny Fisher, Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Aratani/Japan America Theatre, January 10, 2013, Los Angeles, CA.

Panelist, The Arts of Contemplative Care Book Launch Event (with Daijaku Judith Kinst, Rev. Jennifer Block, and Myoan Grace Schireson), San Francisco Zen Center, October 26, 2012, San Francisco, CA.

Instructor, Religious Diversity Leadership Workshop, Hartford Seminary, June 38, 2012, Hartford, CT.

Participant, Dharmic Religions and Faith Institutional Leadership Conference: Community Building in the 21st Century with Strengthened Dharmic Faith Based Infrastructures, The White House Office of Public Engagement and White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships with Hindu American Seva Charities, The White House, April 20, 2012, Washington, D.C.

Discussion Leader, The Southern California University Buddhist Association’s 2012 Vesak Day Celebration, University of California at Los Angeles, April 22, 2012, Los Angeles, CA.

Featured Presenter, Buddhist Geeks | The Conference, Buddhist Geeks, University of the West, July 29 – 31, 2011, Rosemead, CA.

Event co-organizer and panelist, “Graduate Education and Clinical Training Programs” (with Daijaku Judith Kinst), Buddhist Chaplaincy Symposium VI, Insight Meditation Center, October 16, 2010, Redwood City, CA.

Panelist, “Surviving School: Tips for Maintaining Mental, Spiritual & Intellectual Health” (with Dr. Corrine Hinton and Dr. Amy Demyan), The San Gabriel Valley 1st Annual Youth Summit, Garvey School District, February 20, 2010, Rosemead, CA.

Panelist, “Graduate Education and Clinical Training Programs” (with Maia Duerr, Daijaku Judith Kinst and Lori Hefner), Buddhist Chaplaincy Symposium V, Insight Meditation Center, October 3, 2009, Redwood City, CA.

Panelist, The Unbroken Circle: Exploring Spirituality During Illness and End of Life, Project Compassion’s 7th Annual Spring Symposium, United Church of Chapel Hill, March 28, 2009, Chapel Hill, NC.

INVITED LECTURES

“New Storytelling Strategies,” IML 500: The Praxis of Sonic and Visual Media, USC School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, November 7, 2019 (via Skype).

“Mindfulness as if All People Mattered,” Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, March 28, 2015, Toronto, ON.

Featured Speaker, Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention 2014, Los Angeles Convention Center, June 21, 2014, Los Angeles, CA.

“Roger and the Four Immeasurables,” Long Beach Meditation, January 12, 2014, Long Beach, CA.

“Environmental Ethics, the Global Community, and the Climate Reality,” Cerritos College, November 19, 2013, Norwalk, CA.

“Social Media, Social Change, a Look at the Larger Frame,” IML 420: New Media for Social Change, USC School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, November 7, 2013.

“Buddhism and Pop Culture,” the UCLA University Buddhist Association, University of California at Los Angeles, May 21, 2013, Los Angeles, CA.

“Buddhism, Climate Reality, and Environmental Ethics,” Cerritos College, April 29, 2013, Norwalk, CA.

“Engaged Buddhism,” Long Beach Meditation, March 17, 2013, Long Beach, CA.

Keynote Lecture: “Humanistic Psychology, Buddhism, and Social Justice,” Phoenix Rising: Futures of Humanistic Psychology (AHP Winter Conference 2013), Association for Humanistic Psychology, University of Southern California, February 24, 2013, Los Angeles, CA.

“Buddhist Environmentalism and the Climate Crisis,” University of the West, February 21, 2013, Rosemead, CA.

“Practicing with the Climate Reality,” Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, February 16, 2013, Los Angeles, CA.

“Social Media, Social Change, a Look at the Larger Frame” (with Alex Fairman and Sable Manson), IML 420: New Media for Social Change, USC School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, January 30, 2013.

“Buddhist Environmentalism and the Climate Crisis,” the UCLA University Buddhist Association, University of California at Los Angeles, November 20, 2012, Los Angeles, CA.

“Buddhism, Climate Reality, and Environmental Ethics,” Cerritos College, November 20, 2012, Norwalk, CA.

Keynote Lecture, Chaplaincy Models and Methods Seminar, Hartford Seminary, June 12, 2012, Hartford, CT.

“Caring and Empathy,” Long Beach Meditation, April 15, 2012, Long Beach, CA.

“University Chaplains Have an Important Role,” Occupy AAR/SBL, American Academy of Religion / Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, November 20, 2011, San Francisco, CA.

“On Karma and Rebirth,” Buddhist Association at UCI, University of California at Irvine, October 6, 2011, Irvine, CA.

“Los Angeles: The Capital of Buddhist America,” Cerritos College Philosophy Club, Cerritos College, September 27, 2011, Cerritos, CA.

“This is Love,” Change is in the Air: An Interfaith Gathering Proudly Celebrating OC Pride 2011, Progressive Interfaith Alliance-OC and Muslims for Progressive Values, St. Mark Presbyterian Church, August 12, 2011, Newport Beach, CA.

Guest Lecturer (with Dr. Edward H. Bloomfield), “The World’s Religions by Huston Smith: Hinduism and Buddhism,” First Congregational Church of Long Beach, February 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2011, Long Beach, CA.

“One Great Cloud and Many Kinds of Plants,” You, Too, Can Become a Buddha!: An Evening with Lotus Sutra Translator Gene Reeves, Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Center / Buddhist Association at UCI / Department of Religious Studies at the University of California at Irvine, University of California at Irvine, December 1, 2011, Irvine, CA.

“The Best Years,” Buddhist Association at UCI, University of California at Irvine, November 10, 2010, Irvine, CA.

“Buddhist Chaplaincy,” Hsi Lai Temple, April 11, 2010, Hacienda Heights, CA.

“Benefit Beings!” The Southern California University Buddhist Association’s 2010 Vesak Day Celebration, University of California at Irvine, May 8, 2010, Irvine, CA.

“Bulletproof Monks, Green Lamas, and Thunderlords: Images of Buddhism in Popular American Comic Books,” Hsi Lai Temple, December 14, 2009, Hacienda Heights, CA.

“‘What Does a Buddhist Chaplain Do?’: A Dharma Practitioner’s Reflections on    Spiritual Care and Counseling,” New Haven Shambhala Center, April 11, 2008, New Haven, CT.

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

Blogger, Patheos, 2011 – 2015.

Blogger, Lion’s Roar Foundation, 2009 – 2011.

Circulation Assistant, Allen Ginsberg Library, Naropa University, July 2003 – May 2006.

Substitute Teacher, Crawfordsville Community School Corporation, August 2001 – May 2003.

June Orientation Student Staff Coordinator, Office of First Year Programs, Denison University, May – June 2001.

Campus Tour Guide, Admissions Office, Denison University, August 1998 – May 2001.

August Orientation Staff, Office of First Year Programs, Denison University, August 2000.

June Orientation Staff, Office of First Year Programs, Denison University, June 2000.

June Orientation Staff, Office of First Year Programs, Denison University, June 1999.

Film Projectionist, Denison Film Society, Denison University, August 1997 – May 1999.

Treasurer, Denison Film Society, Denison University, August 1997 – May 1999.

August Orientation Staff, Office of First Year Programs, Denison University, August 1998.

CERTIFICATION

Land Ethic Leader, certified by the Aldo Leopold Foundation, August 2014.

Climate Leader, certified by Fmr. U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, August 2012.

Mindfulness Meditation Instructor, certified by Naropa University, April 2006.

ACTIVE MEMBERSHIPS

  • Oral History Association
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees 3904, Unit 1

MISCELLANEOUS

Film: Interviewed on camera for forthcoming documentary Seeking Heartwood by director Adam Eurich; featured in director Vanessa H. Smith’s short film “The Art of Impermanence: Danny Fisher.”

Books: Written about in Cheryl Dueck’s “Political Ambiguity in Recent Cold War Spy Stories on Screen” for Valentina Glajar, Alison Lewis, and Corina L. Petrescu’s Cold War Spy Stories from Eastern Europe (Lincoln, NE: Potomac Books, 2019); written about in Ellen Posman’s “Community in The Hudsucker Proxy” for Elijah Siegler’s Coen: Framing Religion in Amoral Order (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016); written about in Charles S. Prebish’s “The Buddhist Sangha: Buddhism’s Monastic and Lay Communities” for John Powers’s The Buddhist World (New York: Routledge, 2016); written about in Glenn Wallis’s “Criticism Matters: A Response to Rick Repetti” for Ronald E. Purser, David Forbes, and Adam Burke’s Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context, and Social Engagement (Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2016); written about in Richard Polt’s The Typewriter Revolution: A Typist’s Companion for the 21st Century (Woodstock, VT: The Countryman Press, 2015); interviewed for Tanya Storch’s Buddhist-Based Universities in the United States: Searching for a New Model in Higher Education (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015); written about in Charles S. Prebish’s Looking West: A Primer in American Buddhism (Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 2011) and An American Buddhist Life: Memoirs of a Modern Dharma Pioneer (Richmond Hill, ON: Sumeru Press, 2011); interviewed for Lucinda Mosher’s Faith in the Neighborhood: Loss (New York: Seabury Press, 2007); interviewed for Sumi Loundon Kim’s “Young Buddhists in Shopping Shangrila” in Stephanie Kaza’s Hooked!: Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume (Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2005).

News Services: Interviewed for Kevin B. Lee and David Verdeure’s “The Best Video Essays of 2017,” Sight & Sound, December 22, 2017; video essay “The Dark Knight Resists” written about in H. Perry Horton’s “Holding Out for a Hero: The Dark Knight Trilogy, Resistance, and Contemporary America,” Film School Rejects, May 11, 2017; video essay “We Sleep: On the Enduring Propheticism of John Carpenter’s They Live” written about in Clayton Purdom’s “Why They Live will Never Die,” The AV Club, April 19, 2017; video essay “We Sleep: On the Enduring Propheticism of John Carpenter’s They Live” written about in Cheryl Eddy’s “All the Reasons Why John Carpenter’s Cult Classic They Live Is as Timely as Ever,” io9, April 19, 2017; video essay “We Sleep: On the Enduring Propheticism of John Carpenter’s They Live” written about in Andrea James’s “Great Video Essay on John Carpenter’s They Live,” Boing Boing, April 18, 2017; video essay “We Sleep: On the Enduring Propheticism of John Carpenter’s They Live” written about in Lucille Bion’s “Vidéo: Comment Le film Invasion Los Angeles Prophétisait Nos Politiques Contemporaines,” Konbini, April 18, 2017; video essay “We Sleep: On the Enduring Propheticism of John Carpenter’s They Live” written about in Andrew Butler’s “They Live, We Sleep,” Films for Action, April 18, 2017; video essay “We Sleep: On the Enduring Propheticism of John Carpenter’s They Live” written about in “We Sleep,” Filmscalpel, April 16, 2017; video essay “Spielberg and Surveillance” written about in H. Perry Horton’s “Someone to Watch Over Me: Spielberg and Surveillance,” Film School Rejects, March 15, 2017; video essay “Spielberg and Surveillance” written about in “Spielberg and Surveillance,” Filmscalpel, March 5, 2017; video essay “Spielberg and Surveillance” written about in Max Winter’s “Steven Spielberg and Surveillance: Who’s Watching?” No Film School, March 1, 2017; quoted in Kevin B. Lee’s “The Best Video Essays of 2016,” Fandor, December 22, 2016; article “Why PBS and ‘Viewers Like You’ Must Continue Saving POV & Independent Lens” named among the the “Daily Must Reads” by MediaShift for September 9, 2015; interviewed for and written about in Daniel Burke’s “Why Was I Spared Amtrak Train 188’s Crash?” CNN, May 27, 2015; mentioned in Joshua Eaton’s “Gentrifying the Dharma: How the 1 Percent is Hijacking Mindfulness,” Salon, March 5, 2014; mentioned in Alex Seitz-Wald’s “Meet the ‘Mindfulness’ Caucus: Politicians who Meditate,” Salon, July 10, 2013; quoted in Joshua Eaton’s “Minority Religions Absent at Obama’s Inaugural Prayer Service,” The Huffington Post, January 29, 2013; interviewed for and written about in Daniel Burke’s “Buddhists Aim to Bring Mindfulness to the Ballot Box,” Religion News Service, November 5, 2012; interviewed for and written about in David Ariosto’s “Monthlong Protests Show No Sign of Abating as Rally Enters Times Square,” CNN, October 15, 2011; quoted in Elizabeth Tenety and Jeannine Hunter’s “‘For Troy Davis, We Pray to the Lord,’” The Washington Post / Newsweek’s On Faith, September 21, 2011; named one of the “12 Buddhists You Should Be Following on Twitter” by the editors of The Huffington Post, July 27, 2011; interviewed for Daniel Burke’s “Buddhists Get Engaged in Race for the President,” Religion News Service, October 28, 2008.

Academic Articles: Written about in Robert M. Bosco’s “Battlefield Dharma: American
Buddhists in American Wars” for the Journal of Buddhist Ethics 21 (2014); written about in Scott A. Mitchell’s “‘Christianity is for Rubes; Buddhism is for Actors’: U.S. Media Representations of Buddhism in the Wake of the Tiger Woods’ Scandal” for the Journal of Global Buddhism 13 (2012).

Television: Interviewed on air for the E! True Hollywood Story episode “Tiger Woods,” E! Entertainment Network, April 14, 2010.

Radio: Featured guest for “Buddhism in the Bible Belt: An Interview with an American Buddhist Minister” on Unity.FM’s “Let’s Talk About It: With Rev. Dr. Thomas Shepard,” July 14, 2011; appearance on NewsTalk 93 FM’s “Breakfast Club” (Kingston, Jamaica) to discuss Myanmar’s “Saffron Revolution,” October 4, 2007.

Internet: Featured guest for “Daniel Clarkson Fisher,” the Doc This! podcast, Episode 5, June 20, 2019; featured guest for “The Corporation,” the Docs Factor podcast, Episode 21, November 20, 2017; featured guest (with Nathan Jishin Michon) for “A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook to Caring for Your Buddhist Community,” the Secular Buddhist podcast, Episode 267, January 1, 2017; featured guest for “Two Buddhisms Today” roundtable with Charles Prebish, Sarah Haynes, and Justin Whitaker, the Secular Buddhist podcast, Episode 135, September 22, 2012; interviewed for “Interview with Buddhist Blogger Extraordinaire Reverend Danny Fisher,” Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, July 11, 2012; featured guest for “The Stories We Tell Ourselves,” Buddhist Geeks podcast, Episode 213, April 18, 2011; featured guest for “Buddhist Chaplaincy, Buddhist Youth,” Buddhist Geeks podcast, Episode 132, August 1, 2009.

Volunteer Chaplain, Boulder Community Hospital, Boulder, CO, 2005 – 2006.

Volunteer Nursing Home Companion, Pinekirk Nursing Home, Kirkersville, OH, 1999 – 2001.