The Compassion Project

“A Prayer for Compassion” Film

A Prayer for Compassion is a feature length documentary that strives to inspire and encourage those already on a religious or spiritual path, to expand their circle of compassion to embrace all life, regardless of species, and make choices in alignment with this value. The film follows Thomas Jackson on a quest across America, that ultimately takes him to Morocco for the UN Climate Conference … Continue reading “A Prayer for Compassion” Film

Compassionate Diet in Vietnam

Update on DVA’s Vietnam Project & Film Release

DVA’s Vietnam Project, our second nationwide Project, was launched in September of 2018, bringing a Buddhist voice on behalf of animals to this country of “tens of millions” of Buddhists. Here’s an update on some recent activities. New Film on Compassionate Diet in Vietnam DVA’s Vietnam Project received a huge boost by the release of a documentary film about a compassionate diet in Vietnam. One … Continue reading Update on DVA’s Vietnam Project & Film Release

Tara Brach

DVA Welcomes Tara Brach

DVA is extremely pleased to announce that Tara Brach is now a member of our Advisory Council. Tara Brach, Ph.D is an internationally known meditation teacher and author of bestselling Radical Acceptance and True Refuge. She is founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC, offers a popular weekly podcast and teaches meditation workshops and retreats in the United States and Europe. … Continue reading DVA Welcomes Tara Brach

Olivier Nguyen

DVA Welcomes New Chapter Leader in San Diego

DVA welcomes new San Diego, CA chapter leader Olivier Nguyen. Olivier first discovered Buddhism by reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s books in 2010. After several years of practice in the Plum Village tradition, he enrolled in the mindfulness meditation teacher program lead by teachers Tara Brach (DVA’s Advisory Council) and Jack Kornfield in order to share the practice of Buddhism, mindfulness, and compassion with the world. He became … Continue reading DVA Welcomes New Chapter Leader in San Diego

George Sturano

DVA Welcomes New Chapter Leader in Brazil

DVA welcomes our new chapter in Brazil and our new organizing chapter leader, George Sturano. George began practicing Buddhism in 2007 and is an experienced yoga teacher. He is an active member of the Brazilian Vegetarian Society and teaches both English and Spanish in addition to his native Portuguese language. Learn more about DVA’s Chapters & Chapter Leaders. Continue reading DVA Welcomes New Chapter Leader in Brazil

3rd Asian Buddhist AR Conference

DVA’s 3rd Annual Asian Buddhist Animal Rights Conference

Launching DVA’s Vietnam Project (Countrywide Project #2) (September of 2018) DVA President Bob Isaacson boarded a jumbo jet in San Diego and flew to Hanoi, Vietnam, the first leg of his trip. After a short stop in Tokyo, he was greeted at the Hanoi airport some 20 hours later by the Venerable Thich Thanh Huan, who would serve as the Director of DVA’s Vietnam Project. This … Continue reading DVA’s 3rd Annual Asian Buddhist Animal Rights Conference

2nd Annual Asia International Buddhist Animal Advocacy Conference

DVA’s 2nd Annual Asian Buddhist Animal Rights Conference

Sri Lanka, October 26, 2017. More than 600 people filled the auditorium in the Buddhist Cultural Center in Colombo, Sri Lanka for DVA’s second annual Asian Buddhist Animal Rights Conference.  Speakers, panel discussions, and outstanding plant-based food highlighted our event. The main goal of our Conference is to launch DVA’s Sri Lanka Project which plans to move Sri Lankans to a plant-based diet by: 1) growing our … Continue reading DVA’s 2nd Annual Asian Buddhist Animal Rights Conference

Sri Lanka Project

DVA Launches Sri Lanka Project

Dharma Voices for Animals is happy to announce the launch of our latest and biggest campaign – The Sri Lanka Project. The Project will focus on the 15 million Sri Lankan Buddhists, encouraging them to transition toward a compassionate plant-based diet. In October DVA President Bob Isaacson traveled to Sri Lanka to officially launch DVA’s Sri Lanka Project. The trip to Sri Lanka included four … Continue reading DVA Launches Sri Lanka Project

DVA Moves Spirit Rock to Stop Serving Meat

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.  UPDATE: We are happy to report that we heard back from Spirit Rock that moving forward only … Continue reading DVA Moves Spirit Rock to Stop Serving Meat

DVA’s Buddhist Animal Rights Conference a Huge Success

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 Penang Malaysia, and give a number of public talks. Continue reading DVA’s Buddhist Animal Rights Conference a Huge Success

Giving a Voice to Animals at World Fellowship of Buddhists

During September and October 2016, several DVA leaders traveled to Asia to attend the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) Conference and our very own Asian Buddhist Animal Rights Conference. We 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 Penang Malaysia, and give a number of public … Continue reading Giving a Voice to Animals at World Fellowship of Buddhists

The Hidden Temple

World Fellowship of Buddhists to Decide Whether to Give a Voice to Animals

I am the President and co-founder of Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA), a non-profit organization, originating in San Diego, California, USA. We have over 760 members worldwide in 40 countries. Our mission is to give meaning to the Buddha’s teachings by being the voice for animals in Buddhist communities throughout the world. The World Fellowship of Buddhists’ 27th General Conference in Baoji, China, at the … Continue reading World Fellowship of Buddhists to Decide Whether to Give a Voice to Animals

Chatral Rinpoche

Renowned Rinpoche Endorses DVA

DVA is the first western organization ever endorsed by Renowned Tibetan Dzogchen Master Chatral Rinpoche, who fully supports our mission in advocating for vegetarianism. Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche is one of the few living disciples of the great master Khenpo Ngagchung and is widely regarded as one of the most highly realized Dzogchen Masters. Chatral Rinpoche also studied with some of last century’s most renowned masters, including Dudjom … Continue reading Renowned Rinpoche Endorses DVA

DVA Raises Issue of Animal Agriculture at Vipassana Teacher’s Conference

Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California hosted an International Vipassana Teachers Conference June 10-13. Before the conference began, DVA learned that the teachers were planning to discuss climate change/global warming, how to reflect the urgency of climate change in their teachings, and how to encourage students to get involved. Concerned that the enormous impact of factory farming on global warming would either be ignored or … Continue reading DVA Raises Issue of Animal Agriculture at Vipassana Teacher’s Conference

Community Discussion: Humans, Animals, and Non-Harming

 [Note: At Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis, MN, on 27 June 2013, a discussion on “Humans, Animals, and Non-Harming” took place at the invitation of the Center’s guiding teacher, Mark Nunberg. Presenters included Dr. Mark Berkson, Religious Studies Professor at Hamline University, Dr. Deane Curtin, Philosophy Professor at Gustavus Adolphus University, and Dr. Greta Gaard, an ecofeminist activist-scholar and Professor of English at University … Continue reading Community Discussion: Humans, Animals, and Non-Harming

Animals & the Dharma - Day Long Retreat

Great Turnout for Animals & the Dharma Retreat

Twenty-seven people attended a day-long retreat sponsored by Dharma Voices for Animals in San Diego on Saturday, July 20. The teacher was Bob Isaacson. We met in the home of two DVA members. Those that are vegetarian, vegan, and those who are neither, were invited to join. We meditated together, talked in both small and large groups about the Dharma practices of non-harming and compassion … Continue reading Great Turnout for Animals & the Dharma Retreat

Animal Advocate at Spirit Rock

Update: Animal Advocate at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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 not be creating that position, as a result of our … Continue reading Update: Animal Advocate at Spirit Rock Meditation Center