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DVA News & Updates

Bringing Awareness to the Suffering of Animals

In this issue:
  1. Help Wanted: Part TIme Operations Director
  2. MIndfulness & Meditation Retreat for Animal Activists
  3. A Cloud Never Dies a biographical documentary of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh narrated by Peter Coyote
  4. DVA US Centers Update
  5. DVA Receives Grant from A Well Fed World
  6. DVA's Thailand Update
  7. DVA's Featured Member

Help Wanted ~ Part TIme Operations Director:

DVA's Operations Director will:

  • Approximately 30 hours per week (negotiable)
  • Keep donor records and correspond with most donors
  • Keep human resources records 
  • Schedule appointments for President
  • Record expenses and revenue
  • Liaison with four Project Directors in the US, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Liaison with other animal organizations that DVA is involved with such as 50by40, AIA, AAA, Synergia Animal, Jewish Veg, Interfaith Vegan Alliance, Compassion Consortium, Synergia Animal, etc.
  • Help provide content for our social media platforms
  • Look for opportunities to start and develop DVA Chapters in other countries
  • Tech support as backup to Communications Director (Basic data entry and Excel skills, and familiarity with Google applications is highly desired)
  • Work with President, Communications Director, and Director of US Operations in growing membership
  • Respond to general DVA emails
  • Support grant applications

If you are interested in applying for this position please respond to this newsletter with a cover letter and resume.
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MIndfulness & Meditation Retreat for Animal Activists:

Join us for our second retreat.

Join us on Sunday, April 17th, at 9:00 am to 12:00 pacific. Signup at

Join DVA President Bob Isaacson and DVA Board member Bhante Sathi for a virtual mindfulness & meditation retreat for animal activists.

We will practice:

Mindfulness, knowing what our experience is in the present moment.

Loving Kindness and Compassion Meditation for ourselves and for the animals who suffer terribly on the way to the plates of those who eat them.

Vipassana meditation. The primary meditation technique taught by the Buddha involves paying attention to present moment experiences that lead to clarity, relaxation, and coming into harmony with our experiences.

Bob is the co-founder and President of Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA) and is an authorized lay Buddhist teacher. Bhante Sathi is a DVA Board member and Sri Lankan-American monk who teaches Buddhist monastics around the world.
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Documentary of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh:

A Cloud Never Dies

This movie was released after the passing of Thich Nhat Hanh who is one of the greatest teachers and advocates for animals of any time. Thay will be sorely missed but his legacy will inspire all forever.

A new biographical documentary of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh narrated by actor Peter Coyote, A Cloud Never Dies weaves together original film and photographic archives, telling the story of a humble young Vietnamese monk and poet whose wisdom and compassion were forged in the suffering of war.

In the face of violence, fear, and discrimination, Thich Nhat Hanh’s courageous path of engaged action reveals how insight, community, and a deep aspiration to serve the world can offer hope, peace, and a way forward for millions.

Content Warning: This film includes a few brief scenes which some viewers may find upsetting (including sounds and images of war). These are intended to convey the true suffering caused by war, but they may also be triggering for some people, so please use your discretion when sharing this film with children.
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DVA US Centers Update:

DVA’s US Centers Project Is Starting to Make A Big Difference

DVA's US Centers Project has been developing its extensive database of US Buddhist Centers, which include temples, monasteries, and retreat centers. Our Project Director, Carrie Thompson, is in contact with numerous Centers throughout the US as we encourage each center to transition to plant-based food.

A video comprising messages from influential US Dharma teachers explains why this transition must be made out of compassion for animals, our environment, and the health of our families. One of our most important successes has been at a well-known retreat center in California which now serves only plant-based food as the main meal.

Bhante Sathi, DVA Board Member and Sri Lankan-American Monk
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DVA Receives Grant from a well-fed world:

DVA has recently received a grant from a well-fed world to pay for vegan alternatives at US centers in support of their transition to plant-based meals.

"A Well-Fed World is an international hunger relief and food security organization advancing plant-based foods and farming to create a sustainable, nourished, and climate-friendly future."

a well-fed world
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DVA Thailand Update:

DVA Thailand Cooking Class at Buddhist University

On April 7 at the Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (MCU) in Bangkok, DVA's Thailand Project led by our Director and YouTube personality, Dr. Chirra Taworntawat, "Coach Banks," gave a cooking class to the kitchen staff of the MCU in Bangkok. Dr. Banks was assisted by a cooking expert from Animal Sinergia, a well known international animal advocacy organization.

The MCU offers masters and doctorate degrees to monastics from all over the world who represent all of the major Buddhist traditions. These monastics often become leaders after returning to their home countries.

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DVA Featured Member:

Rev. Andrew Bear

Rev. Andrew Bear lives near Monterey Bay on the central coast of California. Rev. Andrew first took refuge three decades ago with Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, and was ordained into the Order of Interbeing in 2015.

Andrew is an activist, organizer, and nonviolence trainer who engages in direct, non-violent action for the Earth and for our animal friends.  Andrew works professionally as a Board-Certified hospital chaplain, with a palliative care specialty.

Andrew is married, has a son graduating from college this year, and is delighted to live with two beautiful rescue Collies. One of his collie pack-mates, Bodhi, was rescued from a dog meat “farm” in South Korea. Andrew finds joy in practicing a vegan way of life for the past 15 years, as every bite of food, every piece of clothing put on, and every mindful step becomes an act of compassion.

Imagine a world in which animals are not considered food, a world in which Buddhist communities around the world are setting a shining example. Dharma Voices for Animals is the only International Buddhist Animal Rights/Advocacy Organization in the world. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to help us spread the Buddha's message of creating a more compassionate world.

If it's within your ability to do so, please consider making a gift or becoming a monthly contributor. And for a limited amount of time, every gift made will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a very generous supporter.

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