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Extending Compassion to All Beings

We are all familiar with the traditional Buddhist phrases “May all beings be happy…May all beings be free from suffering.”  For many of us, this incantation of the Brahma Vihara qualities of loving-kindness and compassion encapsulates the essence of the Buddha’s teaching, offering a simple yet profound […]

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The following letter was sent to teachers and other leaders at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on August 22, 2016, regarding the food policy for their Community Dharma Leaders program.

Dear CDL leader,

Dharma Voices for Animals is a worldwide nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the awareness of animal suffering within the dharma community. […]

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On September 30, DVA co-hosted the first ever Buddhist Asian Animal Rights Conference as we welcomed Master Hai Tao of Taiwan as our keynote speaker!!!

A universally renowned Buddhist monk, Master Hai Tao, who has been called the greatest Animal Rights advocate in Asia, delivered a clear and passionate presentation of why Buddhists should eat […]

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During September and October, several DVA leaders traveled to Asia to attend the World Fellowship of Buddhists Conference and our very own Asian Buddhist Animal Rights Conference, and visited South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam, four countries home to millions of Buddhists, to spread our message, increase our membership, open new chapters in Singapore and […]

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Dharma Voices for Animals presented to Spirit Rock our petition for an Animal Advocate along with the names of 280 people who signed our petition.  DVA requested that Spirit Rock create an Animal Advocate position on its soon to be formed Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC), which will report to the Board.  Although Spirit Rock will […]

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Observing the First Precept

On August 31, 2012 By

by Professor Mahinda Palihawadana

Professor Mahinda Palihawada lives in Sri Lanka.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Ceylon.  He has been a professor of Sanskrit at various universities and has also lectured on Sanskrit numerous times. He co-authored The Dhammapada, a New English translation, with the Pali Text and the First English translation […]

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by Bob Isaacson and Norm Phelps 
The following unabridged article was published in an abridged form in the Fall, 2011 edition of the Inquiring Mind.  Bob Isaacson is a DVA founder.  Norm Phelps is a DVA contributor.

Both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions teach the development of two qualities that are essential […]

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