On July 10, DVA hosted Master Hai Tao from Taiwan at the Thien Hau Temple in Los Angeles Chinatown. In the morning Master gave an inspirational Dharma talk on the reasons to be vegetarian/vegan which was translated from Chinese into English. Master then answered questions from the audience.
A number of DVA members from LA and San Diego attended. DVA President Bob Isaacson presented Master with a beautiful plaque: DVA’s Lifetime Service Award.
In the afternoon Master led a three hour Puja in Chinese, which included ancestor offerings, chanting, a Dharma talk, etc. Approximately 300 people attended. Master Hai Tao was very happy with the events and with DVA for sponsoring it all.
Our deepest gratitude to Los Angeles Chapter Leader Gina Palencar for her tireless work in organizing this day-long event featuring the greatest animal rights’ activist in Asia.
Animals and the Buddha
A film by Dharma Voices for Animals
Subtitles available in: Chinese, Spanish, German and Portugese
Disponible con subtítulos en español
Untertitel in Deutsch verfügbar
Disponível com legendas em Português
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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