Listen to Ravenna Michalsen.

Via Reverend Danny Fisher
on Feb 10, 2009
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I’ve written a profile of my old and dear friend Ravenna Michalsen, a longtime Shambhala Buddhist practitioner and acclaimed singer-songwriter, for the latest issue of Tricycle:  The Buddhist Review.  You can read the article in full online here, or in print (it’s the Spring 2009 issue). 

In the piece, you will see endorsements of Ravenna’s “dharma music” from such contemporary American Buddhist luminaries as Judith Simmer-Brown, Tsultrim Allione, and Sumi Loundon Kim.  Elsewhere, Rod Meade Sperry at The Worst Horse has also aptly called her music “”half-acoustic, half-electronic; just right for the wee small hours.”  And, in what I think was quite a compliment, Tricyle selected her devotional song “Machig” to accompany a special slideshow podcast/presentation of the great photographer Don Farber‘s exquisite work for their website a couple of years ago.

Her two self-released albums Dharmasong (2007) and Bloom (initially released in 2006, but re-recorded and re-released this year) are available for purchase at and  You can also find her touring schedule at these sites, stream songs online, and purchase cards and some super-cool t-shirts there as well.  In addition, Dharmasong is available for download at iTunes.



About Reverend 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. A member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, he serves on the advisory council for the Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. In addition to his work for elephant journal, he is a blogger for Shambhala Sun. 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. His award-winning website is


One Response to “Listen to Ravenna Michalsen.”

  1. Mungo says:

    what a great video! I’m off to buy a t-shirt now. The music is great too – is Dharmasong or Bloom a better introduction to her work?