Read & Watch More


The Dharma and Animal Suffering A video by DVA Contributor, Geshe Thupten Phelgye, encouraging a vegetarian diet

Animals are my friends... A video by Jetsunma Tensin Palmo, who practiced alone in a cave for 12 years, and teaches others by quoting George Bernard Shaw, “Animals are my friends and I don’t eat my friends.”

Glass Walls, narrated by Paul McCartney (from and Meet Your Meat, narrated by Alec Baldwin, which show graphic footage of what happens to the animals on their way to our plates.

Books by DVA Contributors and Others

Buddhism & Veganism: Essays Connecting Spiritual Awakening & Animal Liberation, Edited by Will Tuttle, of DVA’s Advisory Council (Vegan Publishers), with essays by DVA President Bob Isaacson, Board Member Sherry Morgado, Contributor Philip Murphy, Chapter Leaders and members Vicki Seglin, Andrew Bear, David Blatte, and the late John Bussineau.

The Great Compassion: Buddhism & Animal Rights, by Norm Phelps, DVA Contributor (Lantern Books). The best book we’ve read on the Dharma and eating animals.

The Buddha, The Vegan, And You: Part I: Meat, Myself, and Irony (Volume I),  by John Bussineau, DVA Chapter Leader for Detroit-Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

Compassionate Action, edited by Zack Larson, DVA member. An inspirational book about DVA member and contributor, the late Chatral Rinpoche.

To Cherish All Life – A Buddhist Case for Becoming Vegetarian (.pdf), by Phillip Kapleau (Harper & Row). Free e-book to read online.

Articles & Interviews

Buddhism – An Overview by Dharma Voices for Animals, by Bob Isaacson and Norm Phelps. An article written by DVA for the Humane Society of the United States.

Interview with DVA President Bob Isaacson about the vision for our organization., Articles and interviews on Buddhism and vegetarianism. 

Observing the First Precept (.pdf), by Mahinda Palihawada.


A Prayer for Compassion (watch trailer) Trailer for a feature length documentary that strives to inspire and encourage those already on a religious or spiritual path, to expand their circle of compassion to embrace all life, regardless of species, and make choices in alignment with this value. More info…

Peaceable Kingdom (watch trailer) Trailer for a wonderful, life-affirming film about farmed animals and their rescues. More info…

Support for Ethical Eating

How to Go Vegan
A helpful introduction to get you started.

International Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant Directory.

VegNews Vegan Recipes
Delicious recipes from VegNews.

A Baker’s Guide to Vegan Substitutes

Other Resources

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Website for the largest animal rights organization in the world includes an incredible variety of information.

United Poultry Concerns
Website focusing on the plight of chickens, turkeys, and other birds of whom billions are slaughtered annually in the U.S. alone.

Environmental Impact of Animal Agriculture
Information on animal agriculture’s contribution to climate change, land and water use, and pollution