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 […]

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 [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 […]

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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 […]

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Observing the First Precept

On August 31, 2012 By

by Professor Mahinda Palihawadana

Professor Mahinda Palihawada lives in Sri Lanka.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Ceylon.  He has been a professor of Sanskrit at various universities and has also lectured on Sanskrit numerous times. He co-authored The Dhammapada, a New English translation, with the Pali Text and the First English translation […]

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by Bob Isaacson and Norm Phelps 
The following unabridged article was published in an abridged form in the Fall, 2011 edition of the Inquiring Mind.  Bob Isaacson is a DVA founder.  Norm Phelps is a DVA contributor.

Both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions teach the development of two qualities that are essential […]

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Samadhi and Shojin

On April 4, 2012 By

By Will Tuttle, Ph.D.

This piece is adapted by Dr. Will Tuttle himself from his best-selling book, The World Peace Diet.  Dr. Tuttle is both a member and contributor to Dharma Voices for Animals.

Meditation is foundational to the Buddhist teachings, and is not seen as an exotic or specific […]

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From the Introduction to The Great Compassion by Norm Phelps (Lantern Books, 2004)

Buddhism ought to be an animal rights religion par excellence. It teaches the unity of all life; it holds kindness and compassion to be the highest virtues; and it explicitly includes animals in […]

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