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

Update on our huge DVA event, last month’s day-long at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, called Honoring All Life: Exploring the Precept of Non-Harming.   In the morning of our event, a group of well-respected Dharma teachers joined Bob Isaacson and another DVA cofounder, Patti Breitman, to lead the event. Joining Bob and Patti were Spirit Rock teachers Bob Stahl, Richard Shankman, and James Baraz, and Jain activist … Continue reading Report: Honoring All Life: Exploring The First Precept Of Non-Harming

Extending compassion to all beings

DVA’s Response to Lion’s Roar Article

In a recent article in Lion’s Roar magazine, a number of prominent Buddhist teachers discussed the current political situation in this country and made a call for action, asking us to stand up against social injustice in whatever form it takes. While the goal of skillful interaction with the world is certainly laudable, the message did not go far enough. In pointing to racism, gender- … Continue reading DVA’s Response to Lion’s Roar Article

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On Becoming Vegan: When Vegetarian is not Enough

By Nicholas Ribush This article was first published in Mandala magazine, July 2013. Veganism is not just a diet. It is not just a ‘lifestyle.’ It is a nonviolent act of defiance. It is a refusal to participate in the oppression of the innocent and the vulnerable. It is a rejection of the insidious idea that harming other sentient beings should be considered a ‘normal’ … Continue reading On Becoming Vegan: When Vegetarian is not Enough

Pema Rinzin

An Interview with Pema Rinzin

To this day, I haven’t heard of any teaching of the Buddha which supports harming other beings for our own happiness or benefit. I think all the teachings of the Buddha support being a vegan because a vegan lifestyle is fully against harming other living beings. -Pema Rinzin Please begin with telling us your name and where you live. My name is Pema Rinzin. I … Continue reading An Interview with Pema Rinzin