Animals & the Buddha

“Animals & the Buddha” Film

Learn about the Buddha’s teachings on compassion to all beings in DVA’s free documentary Animals and the Buddha. The 45-minute documentary includes interviews with world-renowned monastics and lay teachers including Jetsuma Tenzin Palmo, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ven. Bhante Gunaratana, Ven. Geshe Phelgye, Christopher Titmuss, teachers from Spirit Rock Meditation Center and many others. Watch the Film Now Or click the image below to begin watching…   … Continue reading “Animals & the Buddha” Film

Honoring All Life: Exploring The First Precept Of Non-Harming

“A huge event will happen on Saturday, December 7, 2019, which will bring attention to the heartbreaking suffering of animals on their way to the plates of Buddhists. Spirit Rock teachers, Bob Stahl and Richard Shankman, long time DVA members, will host a day-long retreat called “Honoring All Life” at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. Our deepest gratitude to Bob and Richard for … Continue reading Honoring All Life: Exploring The First Precept Of Non-Harming

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

Buddhism and Veganism

New Book with DVA Contributors

A collection of essays exploring the relationship between Buddhism and veganism is now out. Edited by Will Tuttle, of DVA’s Advisory Council, Buddhism & Veganism: Essays Connecting Spiritual Awakening & Animal Liberation includes essays by several DVA members, including President Bob Isaacson, former board members David Blatte and Sherry Morgado, chapter leaders Vicki Seglin, Andrew Bear, and the late John Bussineau. This important and timely collection asks whether we can awaken spiritually … Continue reading New Book with DVA Contributors

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

Sri Lankan Petition

Sri Lanka Petition for Animal Welfare Bill

For many years, animal rights organizations in Sri Lanka have been working in support of the passage of an animal rights/welfare bill. Recently, a group of citizens launched an online petition calling for the immediate enactment of the Animal Welfare Bill to replace the outdated colonial era law. After the petition garnered over 100,000 supporters, it was handed over in January, 2019 to the Sri Lankan … Continue reading Sri Lanka Petition for Animal Welfare Bill