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thousand-hands-front-lo-resA Thousand Hands arose from an effort to provide Buddhist community leaders with tools and education to complement traditional Buddhist teachings and practice, and make us more effective caregivers and leaders. We may have read many sutras, practiced thousands of hours of meditation, or become well versed in Buddhist philosophy, but that does not prepare us for every situation we will face. When people come to us in times of trouble, we will want to do whatever we can to ease their suffering. The contributors to this volume provide us with strong places to start.

“The voices contributing to this volume demonstrate that North American Buddhism is awakening from its predominantly inward and private focus and realizing that our strength for the future lies in healthy, whole, and peaceful communities. Yet the forms of suffering that manifest in communities boggle the imagination in their diversity. The essays collected here show that the necessary concern has been aroused and the helping hands of compassion are reaching out, each hand, like that of the bodhisattva Guan Yin, emblazoned with the eye of intelligence that looks into the underlying causes and the prospects for a solution.” Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

A Thousand Hands provides a remarkably broad set of resources aimed at helping people navigate suffering with greater clarity and ease. The editors have done a wonderful job gathering together many wise voices to share on a host of important topics.” Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

“Buddhist communities struggle with the reality that we bring the world with us—that walking into the doors of the sangha does not instantly liberate us from our mental illness, addictions, trauma, and emotional woundedness. Even more jarring is confronting the truth that our sanghas are organized to privilege the mental, physical, and financial elite. The Buddha taught a Dharma for all ages, and at its heart is the call for radical loving integrated with truth. This book helps us to hold love and truth together as we move into the profound, beautiful, and very uncomfortable space of meeting people where they are and asking: How can I care for you?” Lama Rod Owens, co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation


Part I: Working with Ourselves
1  Ministry of Presence Micka Moto-Sanchez
2  Listening as Spiritual Care Willa B. Miller
3  Nonviolent Communication Jesse Wiens
4  Understanding Our Own Power and Privilege Mushim Ikeda
5 Creating and Managing Budgets Venerable Jue Qian
6 Practical Buddhist Theology Monica Sanford

Part II: Working with Others
7 Sickness and Hospital Visitation Tina Jitsujo Gauthier
8 AIDS and STDs Noel Alumit
9 Cancer Michael Speca & Linda Carlson
10 Hospice Ven. Andrew Pradoochai McPaulnarai & Morgan Zo Callahan
11 Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias Deniz Ahmadinia & Corrine Barner
12 Older Parent Care and Degenerative Disease Katherine Walker
13 Grief and Bereavement Tenzin Kacho Kiyosaki
14 Balancing Personal Finances Mark Michon
15 Depression Alan Cossitt
16 Suicide Intervention Duane R. Bidwell
17 Family Systems Jesse Howard Lash Masterson
18 Military Families Raymond M. McDonald
19 Trauma and PTSD Daniella Dahmen Wagner
20 Multigenerational Trauma Kin Cheung (George) Lee
21 ADHD Mark Ragsdale
22 Autism Mark Ragsdale
23 Anger Management Venerable Haemin Scoville-Pope
24 Anxiety Disorders Joshua D. Wyner
25 Bipolar Disorder Aubree Mendel
26 Schizophrenia Aubree Mendel
27 Eating Disorders and Eating Issues Jean L. Kristeller & Donald Altman
28 Addictions and Substance Abuse Tom Moritz
29 Compulsive Sexual Behavior Kate Spina
30 Prisoners and Parolees Daniel Clarkson Fisher
31 Domestic Violence Ouyporn Khuankaew
32 Abuse Amy Demyan & Stephanie Goldsmith
33 Sexual Assault Dawn Haney
34 Divorce Stephanie Lyn
35 Acculturation Hiroshi M. Sasaki & Kin Cheung (George) Lee
36 Young Adult Asian American Identities Chenxing Han

Part III: Working with Communities
37 Facilitating Groups Leila Bruno
38 Storytelling Jesse Howard Lash Masterson
39 Engaging and Managing Team Projects Venerable Jue Wei
40 Dharma Programs for Families with Children Sumi Loundon Kim
41 Conflict Nathan Jishin Michon
42 Clergy Misconduct and Abuse Katy Butler
43 Gender Stephanie Lyn & Daniel Clarkson Fisher
44 Race Katie Loncke
45 Sexuality Victor Gabriel
46 Poverty Daniel Clarkson Fisher
47 Accessibility Stefan Carmien
48 Interfaith Considerations Nathan Jishin Michon
49 Intrafaith Considerations Bill Aiken
50 Community Outreach & Service Programs Joshua Eaton


Nathan Jishin Michon is a PhD student at the Graduate Theological Union, studying Buddhist caregiving. He is ordained as both an interfaith minister and a Buddhist minister and primarily practices in both the Thai Forest and Shingon traditions. He previously worked for three years as an editor for Fo Guang Shan, earned his MDiv at University of the West, and MA in Comparative religion at Western Michigan University. Nathan also trained in Peace and Conflict Studies at the European Peace University in Austria and interned at related organizations, such as Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) and Peace Revolution in Thailand.

Daniel Clarkson Fisher is a documentary filmmaker and writer whose work has appeared in outlets that include AlterNet, Religion Dispatches, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Patheos, Lion’s Roar, Inquiring Mind, Turning Wheel Media, and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. He established and served as the first chair of the Master of Divinity in Buddhist Chaplaincy program at University of the West. In addition, he has served as adjunct faculty for Antioch Education Abroad’s Buddhist Studies program in Bodh Gaya, India, and Adjunct Faculty in Chaplaincy at Hartford Seminary. A dedicated environmental educator, he was trained and certified as a Climate Reality Leader by Former US Vice President Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project in 2012, and completed the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s Land Ethic Leader Program in 2014. He now lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife Stephanie Lyn, who contributed two chapters to this volume. Visit him online at danielclarksonfisher.com.

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