NORM PHELPS – 1939-2014
With deep sorrow, we mourn the death of our friend, Norm Phelps, who was a charter member of and major contributor to Dharma Voices for Animals. He died in Hagerstown, Maryland, on December 31, 2014. Norm is survived by his loving, devoted wife and fellow animal advocate Patti Rogers, along with their beloved cats. Patti’s loving care of Norm, who experienced an illness that greatly limited his physical mobility, enabled Norm to continue his invaluable work.
Norm was a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner in the Sakya tradition for 30 years. His seminal book, the Great Compassion, Buddhism and Animals Rights, relies on the Dharma to clearly explain why every Buddhist in the world should eat a plant-based diet. Norm’s articles regularly appeared on our website. Norm Phelps was truly a Boddhisattva for animals and will be greatly missed.
Animals and the Buddha
A film by Dharma Voices for Animals
Featuring interviews with world-renowned monastics and lay teachers including Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Jetsuma (Ven. Master) Tenzin Palmo, Ven. Bhante Gunaratana (Bhante G), Christopher Titmuss, Ven. Geshe Phelgye, teachers from Spirit Rock Meditation Center and many others.
In addition to watching the film on YouTube, it can be downloaded here.
In keeping with Buddhist tradition, Animals and the Buddha is presented at no charge. If you are able to help support Dharma Voices for Animals and the important work we do on behalf of animals, your donation is greatly appreciated. Donations are tax-deductible
Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA) is an organization of those committed both to practicing the teachings of the Buddha (the Dharma) and to speaking out when animal suffering is supported by the actions of those in Dharma communities and by the policies of Dharma centers. We want to be the voice of the animals who cannot speak our language and are unable to ask, “Why are you paying people to do this to me?” or “Why are you supporting my suffering?” We want to support those who are willing to speak out about the harm we cause other sentient beings when we eat them, use their body parts as clothing and in other ways, or use household and personal hygiene products that are tested on animals. While DVA recognizes the challenges of living in a complex, modern society, we wish to promote the choices that provide the greatest reduction of animal suffering. It is our intention to be inclusive in honoring the different views of those who sincerely intend to minimize the suffering of animals.
Dzogchen Master and DVA member and contributor, Chatral Rinpoche:
“If you take meat, it goes against the vows one takes in
seeking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
Because when you take meat you have to take a being’s
life. So I gave it up.”
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