Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA) is an organization of those committed both to practicing the teachings of the Buddha (the Dharma) and to speaking out when animal suffering is supported by the actions of those in Dharma communities and by the policies of Dharma centers. We want to be the voice of the animals who cannot speak our language and are unable to ask, “Why are you paying people to do this to me?” or “Why are you supporting my suffering?” We want to support those who are willing to speak out about the harm we cause other sentient beings when we eat them, use their body parts as clothing and in other ways, or use household and personal hygiene products that are tested on animals. While DVA recognizes the challenges of living in a complex, modern society, we wish to promote the choices that provide the greatest reduction of animal suffering. It is our intention to be inclusive in honoring the different views of those who sincerely intend to minimize the suffering of animals.
You are welcome to attend a variety of events when you join the DVA New York Chapter meetup. In addition to this group we invite you to support our efforts by visiting the website:
Bob Isaacson is the President of Dharma Voices for Animals. He has practiced the Dharma for nineteen years in the Vipassana/Theravada tradition, and taught numerous classes and retreats. Bob is also a former human rights and civil rights attorney. He enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, and world travel.
Kamil Ghoshal is the DVA New York Chapter Leader and dedicated Eight-Precept (aṭṭha-sīla) Theravādin disciple (upāsaka) at the Original Buddhism Society. He is an aspiring Buddhist scholar with background in Western Philosophy. Kamil's mission outside of DVA is to help restore the original presectarian Teachings of the historical Buddha, Siddhāttha Gotama. He is also a mountaineer and traditional Chinese kung-fu practitioner.