Extending Compassion to All Beings

We are all familiar with the traditional Buddhist phrases “May all beings be happy…May all beings be free from suffering.”  For many of us, this incantation of the Brahma Vihara qualities of loving-kindness and compassion encapsulates the essence of the Buddha’s teaching, offering a simple yet profound […]

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The following letter was sent to teachers and other leaders at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on August 22, 2016, regarding the food policy for their Community Dharma Leaders program.

Dear CDL leader,

Dharma Voices for Animals is a worldwide nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the awareness of animal suffering within the dharma community. […]

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On September 30, DVA co-hosted the first ever Buddhist Asian Animal Rights Conference as we welcomed Master Hai Tao of Taiwan as our keynote speaker!!!

A universally renowned Buddhist monk, Master Hai Tao, who has been called the greatest Animal Rights advocate in Asia, delivered a clear and passionate presentation of why Buddhists should eat […]

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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 […]

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Road to Asia Part III

On November 14, 2016 By


Dr. Chamith Nanayakkara, Chapter Leader Kandy, Sri Lanka, Albert Mah, Chapter Leader Perth, Australia, Ananda Mahinkanda, member of our San Diego Chapter, and Bob Isaacson, DVA President, were DVA’s representatives at the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) Conference in Seoul, South Korea, and at the first ever Asian Buddhist Animal Rights Conference, co-sponsored […]

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Dr. Nicholas Ribush, MD, BS, is a graduate of Melbourne University Medical School (1964) who first encountered Buddhism at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, in 1972. He was a monk from 1974 to 1986. He is a long-time student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche and since 1972 has been a full time worker for their international organization, […]

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The Gift of Freedom

On April 1, 2016 By

Mirjam Lüpold is an authority on Tibetan Buddhism and animal-human relations and studied ethnology/social and cultural anthropology and history of religion at the University of Bern. She is the author of the work published at the University of Bern, Tibetan Monks in Switzerland – Analysis of the Importance of Religion for Tibetans in Swiss Exile […]

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DVA Interviews PEMA RINZIN, a DVA member in Bhutan Please begin with telling us your name and where you live.Answer: My name is Pema Rinzin. I was born and brought up in Bhutan. I currently live here in a remote place at the easternmost part of my country. Bhutan is in South Asia. […]

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Bright Aisles, Dark Alleys

On December 7, 2014 By

Bright Aisles, Dark Alleys Posted on November 21, 2014by 

―a brief address by Tashi Nyima to the Richardson Interfaith Alliance (TX) during the Thanksgiving Observance

There is a […]

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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 […]

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Renowned Tibetan Dzogchen Master Chatral Rinpoche Endorses Dharma Voices for Animals and our Mission.

DVA is the first western organization ever endorsed by 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 […]

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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 […]

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