Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Blogisattva Panelists

I want to thank everyone who has volunteered both their time and ideas to this years Blogisattva awards. As you know it can be difficult to find people who are familiar with the Buddhist blog-o-sphere, who are knowledgeable about Buddhism and are also willing to give some of their spare time to be a part of this panel. While we are still in the final stages of rounding out our panel, I wanted to take this opportunity to announce to the community the good folks who have so graciously offered up their time and expertise to be a part of this years Blogisattvas panel.

Without further ado, in alphabetical order:
(The bio's are borrowed from each of the panelists websites.)

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 in Rosemead, CA.  He 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.

J. Andy Lambert- Andy is a practitioner from the humid lowlands of the Texas Gulf Coast. He struggles to maintain a practice, overcome the five hindrances, and walk the eightfold path. Andy has taken refuge and received the precepts in the Chinese Mahayana tradition and is a Zen practitioner. Andy co-writes Bayou Buddhists on the Houston Belief portal of the Houston Chronicle.

Barbara Hoetsu O'Brien - Barbara is a journalist and student of Zen Buddhism currently living in the greater New York City area. She began formal study with John Daido Loori in the late 1980s, and she currently is a student of Soto teacher Susan Jion Postal. Through these years Barbara has been actively engaged in meeting Buddhists from other traditions and learning about the many forms of Buddhism. She now blogs at the popular about.com site and has her own personal blog,The Mahablog.

Philip Ryan-  Philip has worked for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review on and off (mostly off) since 1996. He is an inconstant and unreliable sitter, mainly in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Asked by Tricycle ’s founder Helen Tworkov in his job interview why he wanted to work at a Buddhist magazine, he cannily replied, “I don’t know.” When he is not working on tricycle.com, he eats and goes to sleep.

We heartily thank these fine folks for generously giving both their time and expertise to these awards!

Thanks and remember to nominate your favorite blogger!
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Jayarava said...

All Zen practitioners on the panel.

Sean Lyons said...

except there are no Zen practitioners...

Tom Armstrong said...

... and there is no Zen.

Kyle Lovett said...

@Jayarava - I don't think Danny is a Zen practitioner. We asked many many people to join the panel who were of other traditions and they were unable to. Hence, why we stated we are looking for other a practitioner of Theravada or Tibetan, especially from the non-convert community.

If you know of someone who would be qualified, and would be willing to give their time, we, as always are all ears.

Buddhasbrewing said...

and I'm not really a Zen practitioner. more like a dabbler in Zen.

Kyle Lovett said...

I'm sorry Buddhagirl, racist or intolerant views about a particular group of people will be deleted.