We do our best to provide you with a comprehensive resource list to bring awareness to the suffering of animals and the steps individuals can take to live a “cruelty-free” lifestyle. We are also available to assist and support retreat centers in transitioning to a “cruelty-free” tradition.

• DVA documents to download and printout

DVA Pamphlet: Feel free to download and distribute the DVA pamphlet. We are providing a 6-pager for letter size and 8-pager for legal size, in both color and black and white. To create the pamphlet, print the front and back on one sheet of paper and fold (twice for the 6-pager and three times for the 8-pager) so that the Animals and the Buddha page is on top and the Dharma Voices for Animals page is on the bottom. If you would like the files in .psd form or if you have any questions, please contact us.

Dharma Voices for Animals 6 Page Brochure
Dharma Voices for Animals 6 Page Brochure Black and White
Dharma Voices for Animals 8 Page Brochure – European paper size
Dharma Voices for Animals 8 Page Brochure Black and White – European paper size
Dharma Voices for Animals 8 page flyer – US legal size Outside
Dharma Voices for Animals 8 page flyer – US legal size Inside

Detailed discussion of the Buddha’s explicit teachings advocating vegetarianism in the Mahayana sutras.

Introduction to DVA

• The Dharma and Animal Suffering

A video by DVA Contributor, Geshe Thupten Phelgye, encouraging a vegetarian diet:


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:”


The best book we’ve read on the Dharma and eating animals:

The Great Compassion: Buddhism & Animal Rights, by Norm Phelps (Lantern Books)

Two other excellent books:

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

To Cherish All Life – A Buddhist Case for Becoming Vegetarian, by Phillip Kapleau (Harper & Row)  Free PDF Version

An interview with DVA President Bob Isaacson about the vision for our organization:


An article written by DVA for the Humane Society of the United States:

Buddhism – An overview by Dharma Voices for Animals, by Bob Isaacson and Norm Phelps

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

Articles and interviews on Buddhism and vegetarianism:  www.shabkar.org

• Animal Suffering

If the Buddha were alive today and visited a factory farm and slaughterhouse he would see images like those shown in these videos:  Glass Walls narrated by Paul McCartney and Meet Your Meat narrated by Alec Baldwin show graphic footage of what happens to the animals on their way to our plates:  Glass Walls

Website for the largest animal rights organization in the world includes an incredible variety of information:  www.peta.org

Website focusing on the plight of chickens, turkeys, and other birds of whom 9 billion are slaughtered annually in the U.S. alone:  www.upc-online.org

• Close Up With Farmed Animals

Trailer for a wonderful, life-affirming film about farmed animals and their rescues:  www.peaceablekingdomfilm.org

• Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurants in the U.S. and around the world


• Vegan Recipes




• Transitioning From Eating Animals To A Cruelty-Free Diet

Online coaching using 30 easy steps:


• Environmental Issues


• Animal Testing