The Road to Asia, Part Five

Photo of Phap Van Pagoda Hanoi, Vietnam.

Photo of Phap Van Pagoda Hanoi, Vietnam.

On September 15, 2018, DVA’s President Bob Isaacson will get on a jumbo jet in San Diego and fly to Hanoi, Vietnam, the first leg of his trip. After a short stop in Tokyo, he will be greeted at the Hanoi airport some 20 hours later by the Venerable Thich Thanh Huan, who will serve as the Director of our Vietnam Project. This will kick off a thirteen-day visit to launch DVA’s Vietnam Project, our second nationwide Project, in this Buddhist country of “tens of millions” of Buddhists. Click here to read more…


2017 Launch of DVA 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 and fellow Board member, Bhante Sathi travelled to Sri Lanka to officially launch DVA’s Sri Lanka Project. Click here to read more…


DVA’s Second Annual Asian Buddhist Animal Rights/Advocacy

Conference in Sri Lanka on 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 Facebook “likes” in that country to one million and 2) by organizing our team to make personal contact with all Sri Lankans through countless in person public talks, workshops, and forums throughout the island nation. Our other goal is to convince the Government to finally pass the Animal Rights/Welfare bill which has been languishing in the system for a number of years.

The photo on the left shows DVA President/CEO Bob Isaacson giving the keynote address, while the photo on the right shows the Honorable Karu Jayasuriya, the Speaker of the Sri Lanka Parliament, telling the 600 in attendance and a national audience via television and newspaper coverage that he doesn’t eat animals and fully supports DVA’s Sri Lanka Project. Bob’s keynote address can be seen and heard on our Facebook page:





DVA meets with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, one of the most respected and recognized Buddhist nuns in the world and a member of our Advisory Council! 


On Saturday, June 16, DVA President Bob Isaacson traveled up the California coast to meet in person renowned Buddhist nun Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo to present to her The Dharma Voices for Animals Lifetime Service Award.

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


Animals and the Buddha

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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.

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