DVA Second Annual Asian Buddhist Animal Rights/Advocacy

Conference in Sri Lanka, Thursday, October 26, 2017


Bob Isaacson and Dr. Chamath Nanayakkara talk to students at Kandy Buddhist Sunday school about being vegetarian/vegan

DVA Chapter Leaders get special view during Chapter Leaders Conference in Sri Lanka


DVA welcomes Bhante Sathi to our Board of Directors!

Bhante is a highly respected Sri Lankan monk who lives in Mankato, Minnesota, USA, where he is the Chapter Leader for DVA’s Minnesota, USA Chapter. Bhante teaches Buddhist retreats around the world in the Theravada tradition. He will serve as liaison to our huge project in Sri Lanka which we are expecting to launch in 2017. Read his bio.


DVA welcomes Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, one of the most respected and recognized Buddhist nuns in the world, as the newest member of our Advisory Council! 

Tenzin Palmo spent 12 years meditating in a cave, inspiring the book, Cave in the SnowJetsunma also appears prominently in DVA’s widely-acclaimed film, Animals and the Buddha. Read her bio

DVA Responds to Recent Article in Lion’s Roar Magazine

In a recent article in Lion’s Roar magazine, a number of prominent Buddhist teachers discussed the current political situation in this country and made a call for action, asking us to stand up against social injustice in whatever form it takes.  While the goal of skillful interaction with the world is certainly laudable, the message did not go far enough.  In pointing to racism, gender- and sexual orientation-based violence, xenophobia, economic injustice, war, and environmental degradation, it neglected the one area where as individuals we have the greatest power to effect positive change – our treatment of animals. Read DVA’s Article


Letter to Spirit Rock Meditation Center about food policy for Community Dharma Leaders program

In 2016 it came to our attention that during a Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader retreat at Garrison, New York, fish and steak were served during meals.   Since we were very concerned we wrote a letter to Spirit Rock teachers and leaders asking them to reconsider this policy.  We are happy to report that we heard back from Spirit Rock that moving forward only vegetarian food will be served at CDL (Community Dharma Leader) retreats.  Read letter. 


Petition to Country of Bhutan

The kingdom of Bhutan is a Buddhist country, its constitution declaring that “Buddhism is the spiritual heritage of Bhutan, which promotes the principles and values of peace, non-violence, compassion and tolerance.” But despite this declaration of adherence to the Dharma, the Bhutan government has begun implementing plans to develop 11 mega-meat processing projects throughout the country.  Help us stop these slaughterhouses by signing our petition


Animals and the Buddha

A film by Dharma Voices for Animals
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Subtitles available in: Chinese, Spanish, German, Sinhalese, Portugese, Hindi, Burmese, Vietnamese, Korean and Indonesian
Disponible con subtítulos en español
Untertitel in Deutsch verfügbar
සිංහල උපසිරැසි සහිතයි
Disponível com legendas em Português
हिंदी में उपलब्ध उपशीर्षक।
Có phụ đề Tiếng Việt
한국어 자막 있습니다
Teks bahasa Indonesia tersedia

Animals and the Buddha

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.

If you are interested in screening the film for your sangha or local community, please see our information sheet.  If you have any questions, please contact us at friends@dharmavoicesforanimals.org.

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 in the USA.


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Featured Articles

On Becoming a Vegan: When Vegetarian is Not Enough

Dr. Nicholas Ribush, a former monk, discusses his transition to vegetarianism and then veganism.

The Gift of Freedom

Mirjam Lüpold, an authority on Tibetan Buddhism and animal-human relations, examines the practice of animal release.


Video Highlight

We highly recommend this video to gain a deeper understanding of the suffering of animals. This video contains graphic content.

Glass Walls