Animals and the Buddha
A film by Dharma Voices for Animals
This fascinating and important film includes interviews with world-renowned monastics and lay teachers. There will be a question and answer following the film.The interviewees include:
Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, Venerable Bhante G., Venerable Tenzin Palmo, Guy Armstrong, Bhante Bodhidamma, Sally Armstrong, Christopher Titmuss, Bob Stahl, Richard Shankman, Venerable Heng Yin. Venerable Heng Chih, and others
When: September 27, 7 to 9 pm.
Where: The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland, CA
Cost: Admission is Free (donations will be accepted)
(No reservation needed, but to guarantee a seat RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org)
The New Parkway Theater is arranged so you will be able to buy food from a vegan menu and eat while you watch the movie. Come join us!
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.”
Become a DVA Member at no cost and support the efforts to raise awareness of the suffering of animals in the Dharma community.