A Mother’s Day Story by Carrie Thompson, Director of DVA’s US Centers Project

To all mothers, human and nonhuman, DVA hopes you had a happy Mother’s Day. It was 4 PM, and after about 50 miles of riding my bike, I was trying to decide between setting up camp in the exposed and super windy Utah desert or riding another 15 grueling miles back to my car. That’s when I saw a baby cow with a dry umbilical … Continue reading A Mother’s Day Story by Carrie Thompson, Director of DVA’s US Centers Project

Stephanie Swann

DVA Teacher Bio ~ Stephanie Swann, PhD, LCSW

Stephanie Swann, PhD, LCSW, is the Director of the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute and one of the two founding teachers of the Atlanta Insight Meditation Community. She is a certified MBSR instructor through the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Center for Mindfulness. Stephanie has been a dedicated Vipassana practitioner since 2008 and was a member of the Community Dharma Leaders program (CDL6) at Spirit Rock … Continue reading DVA Teacher Bio ~ Stephanie Swann, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Sharon Methvin with her teacher Lama Zopa Rinpoche

DVA Volunteer Bio ~ Dr. Sharon Methvin

Dr. Sharon Methvin is a biocultural anthropologist. She has been a professor of anthropology since 1988, teaching engaged citizenship in the classroom and conducting research resulting in over 25 papers and publications. In 1997, she was honored with a human rights award for her research on poverty. Her humanitarian concerns extend beyond human rights to the rights of animals as well. In this regard, she … Continue reading DVA Volunteer Bio ~ Dr. Sharon Methvin

DVA Speaker Series 5: In Conversation with Thomas Wade Jackson

Free Event & Film Screening! Watch below from Saturday, July 31st, 2021, our special DVA Speakers Series event, In Conversation: With Thomas Wade Jackson, director of the award-winning, feature-length documentary, A Prayer for Compassion, and Bob Isaacson, President and Co-Founder of Dharma Voices for Animals. A Prayer for Compassion is a feature length documentary that strives to inspire and encourage those already on a religious … Continue reading DVA Speaker Series 5: In Conversation with Thomas Wade Jackson

Sri Lanka Project Director Shanika Gamage

DVA’s Sri Lanka Project Director Shanika Gamage

DVA’s Sri Lanka Project Director is Shanika Gamage, who has worked for DVA since 2018 as Dhamma School Coordinator and then National Events Supervisor. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Colombo in 2016 and has completed substantial work on a master’s degree in sociology with an emphasis on research and psychology in Australia. Under her supervision, DVA has made presentations … Continue reading DVA’s Sri Lanka Project Director Shanika Gamage