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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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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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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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 [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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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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