September 2015 e-newsletter
DVA Updates & News

DVA Hosts Master Hai Tao

On July 10, DVA hosted Taiwanese Master Hai Tao, a vegan monk, at the Thien Hau Temple in Los Angeles' Chinatown. Master is known as the greatest animal rights’ activist in Asia.  In the morning he gave an inspirational Dharma talk on the reasons to not eat animals which was translated from Chinese into English. Master then answered questions from the audience, which included a number of DVA members from LA and San Diego. The highlight of the morning was the presentation of a plaque to Master Hai Toa by DVA President Bob Isaacson recognizing him as the recipient of DVA's first ever Lifetime Service Award.

In the afternoon Master led a three hour Puja in Chinese, which included ancestor offerings, chanting, a Dharma talk, and other activities.  Approximately 300 people attended the events. Master Hai Tao was very happy with the entire day and with DVA's sponsorship. Our deep gratitude to Los Angeles Chapter Leader Gina Palencar for her tireless work in organizing these events with DVA's huge supporter Master Hai Tao.

DVA is Very Pleased to Welcome

New Member Bhante Sujato


Bhante Sujato (Anthony Best) is an Australian Buddhist monk. He became a vegetarian and sometime vegan at the age of 19 while studying philosophy at the University of Western Australia after reading the work of Peter Singer, among others. He joined the local branch of Animal Liberation, where he served on the committee for several years and participated in many animal rights protests and related activities. 

In 1994 he left his music career to take higher ordination in Thailand in the forest lineage of Ajahn Chah.  As well as living for several years in forest monasteries and remote hermitages in Thailand, he spent three years in Bodhinyana Monastery (Perth) as secretary of Ajahn Brahmavamso and over a year in a cave in Malaysia.

He has combined his love of meditation with study of the Buddha's Teachings and in 2001 published his first book, "A Swift Pair of Messengers", a compilation of Sutta passages on the theme of tranquility and insight. He has since published many books. He studies and teaches Buddhist texts from comparative and historical perspectives.

He served as founding Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery from 2003-2012.

He currently resides at Bodhinyana Monastery where he is actively involved with Sutta Central. He also teaches in Australia and internationally.


DVA to Hold First Benefit in San Diego, California,

on September 18 – All are Invited

DVA's first benefit will be in the San Diego home of DVA Board member David Higgins, where Geshe-la Phelgye will welcome guests. If you are in southern California, we hope you'll join us. Please tell your friends and relatives of our event and post on Facebook and Twitter by linking to our Facebook page where our flyer appears.

The money raised at the event will go directly towards funding outreach in Sri Lanka, where 70% of its 21 million people are Buddhists and much work needs to be done to increase awareness of the suffering of animals.  DVA has a large number active members in Sri Lanka and has many upcoming events planned.  These include a number of public talks scheduled for October, 2015, a widely publicized press conference on October 18, and the official launching of new DVA chapters in the country's two largest cities – Colombo and Kandy.  Key to our work in Sri Lanka is an upcoming meeting with President Sirisena also in October to present DVA's petition supporting groundbreaking animal rights legislation in the country.  Your support at this critical time can help us turn this groundbreaking legislation into law.     Donate now.


DVA Film Animals and the Buddha now with

Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, and German Subtitles


DVA's widely acclaimed documentary film is now available with English captions and subtitles in four languages – Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and German. To view the film, go to our homepage and use the You Tube link there. The film continues to attract interest, with over 28,000 people having watched it so far.


Sherry Morgado Invites Everyone in the

Chico, California area to join her DVA Chapter

Sherry Morgado has been practicing Zen Buddhism in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh since 2010, although she began meditating in 1981 after reading “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind,” by Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi.  She currently practices with the Slowly Ripening Sangha at Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California.  Sherry loves sharing the Buddha’s message of compassion for animals through her personal example of living as a peaceful and joyful vegan as well as actively advocating on their behalf.


DVA Launches New Chapters in

Colombo, Sri Lanka; England; Bhutan; 

Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles, California; 

and San Diego, California

DVA is happy to welcome the addition of DVA Chapters in Sri Lanka (Colombo), England, Bhutan, Texas (Dallas), and California (Los Angeles and San Diego).  Please visit the Chapters page of our website for more information about these chapters and all of our 18 chapters around the world. You are invited to join one in your area by simply emailing the Chapter Leader.


DVA’s Madison, Wisconsin, Chapter to Hold

Mindful Eating Day of Practice September 3

DVA's Wisconsin Chapter will be holding a Mindful Eating Day of Practice on September 3. Bhanti Sathi will be the special guest. If you will be in Wisconsin or the Chicago area, do not miss this wonderful event!  Click here to see the flyer.


Interview of Bhutanese DVA Chapter Leader

Check out our interview with Pema Rinzin who is the Chapter Leader of our brand new chapter in the Buddhist country of Bhutan.   Click here.


DVA President Bob Isaacson Appeared as Special

Guest on the Main Street Vegan Radio Show

DVA President Bob Isaacson was interviewed on the Main Street Vegan Radio show on August 19, 2015.  You can hear his interview about what DVA has accomplished and has planned for the future:

Special Thank You

Charles Rubin is our very reliable and dedicated Webmaster who donates all of his time spent working for DVA.  Charles is invaluable!  When he's not volunteering for DVA, Charles runs his own business: "If you need a new database, need to update an existing database or publish your data to the internet, CPRcomputing can help breathe some life into your business."

Mousqa Katawazi, our Director of Development and Communication/Fund Manager, is another skilled and invaluable DVA volunteer.  She has been working tirelessly on our September 18 benefit in San Diego.

We are deeply grateful to Charles and Mousqa!!! 


DVA Donation Page

DVA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with tax exempt status both with the federal government and the State of California.

Those who work for DVA volunteer their time and do not get paid.  An easy-to-use Pay Pal donation option is available on our website.





We are always eager to increase our membership. Please encourage others to visit our website and join DVA as members.

DVA Board Members,
Bob, David B., Kim, Patti, Tashi, David H, and Christina.

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