We at DVA send Metta to all of the US people and animals. May you all be healthy and safe.
DVA launches US Centers Project:
DVA is very excited to announce the launching of our fourth countrywide Project in the United States, joining our projects in Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam, which have been going strong for several years.
The focus and goals of the US Center’s Project are to speak up for farmed animals by inviting, encouraging, educating, and supporting Buddhist retreat centers across the United States to transition towards (or wholeheartedly adopt) healthy, compassionate, climate-friendly, plant-based menus for all of their events. We estimate that we will be connecting with well over 1000 Buddhist centers that serve meals during their daylong and residential retreats in North America to an estimated 4 million Buddhists.
Dharma Voices for Animals has collaborated with Audrey Lawson-Sanchez, Founder, and Executive Director at balanced in developing content for our cutting edge web-based resource to make transitioning to plant-rich menus easy for small or large retreat centers.
balanced is a network of public health professionals and nutrition science experts, working towards making healthier eating easier and more realistic for people within institutional food environments.
a well-fed world:
DVA received a grant from a well-fed world to provide financial support to retreat centers that are interested in sampling alternative vegan products before they start offering them to their yogis.
Director of DVA’s US Centers Project, Carrie Thompson:
As a child, Carrie loved playing outside, and that’s when she started developing a deep respect for life on Earth. Out of compassion for other life, she became vegan in 1997 and has since continuously advocated for other species in many ways. She once raised $23K for two nonprofits while riding her bike across the US.
Carrie now lives with her rescued cat, Petey, in the high desert of Northern New Mexico in an off-grid Earthship home she built and has lived in since 2002. She understands the environmental and health benefits of choosing to live a vegan life, as well as the support it gives her as she strives to live a life of less harm. In 2007 she started meditating, and in 2009 she attended her 1st Goenka Vipassana Meditation retreat and has attended many Goenka retreats since then. She deeply appreciates the teachings of the Buddha and hopes to inspire and encourage centers and Dharma followers to look towards the suffering of animals and to extend their circle of compassion to all species. Carrie is grateful for this opportunity to bring right livelihood into her life by working with DVA.
Carrie welcomes you to connect with her if you’d like to help in any way or if you have a center or sangha in the US that you’d like to encourage to shift towards plant-based. You may contact Carrie directly using the form below or by calling 1-505-456-0506.