Book & Film Events
Each month, the Compassion Consortium suggests a book or film for you to read or view that relates to our mission. Then join us to discuss and exchange thoughts regarding the book or film and its meaning to you. When possible, the book’s author or someone involved with the production of the film will join us.
“Animals And The Buddha” Film Talk
Bob Isaacson, Dharma Voices For Animals
Tuesday, July 13
8:00 pm Eastern Time
Compassion Consortium is proud to present the Dharma Voices for Animals free documentary Animals and the Buddha for your consideration. So, check out the film (link below). Then join us at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on July 13, 2021 via Zoom as Bob Isaacson, President and Co-Founder of DVA, discusses the film and the work of the DVA, as well as answers your questions.
About the Film:
Learn about the Buddha’s teachings on compassion to all beings in Dharma Voices for Animals’ free documentary Animals and the Buddha. The 45-minute documentary includes interviews with world-renowned monastics and lay teachers including Jetsuma Tenzin Palmo, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ven. Bhante Gunaratana, Ven. Geshe Phelgye, Christopher Titmuss, teachers from Spirit Rock Meditation Center and many others.
About Dharma Voices for Animals:
Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA) is a nonprofit organization committed both to practicing the teachings of the Buddha (the Dharma) and to speaking out when the actions of those in Dharma communities and the policies of Dharma centers lead to animal suffering. DVA wants to be the voice of the animals who cannot speak our language. DVA speaks out about the harm we cause other sentient beings when we eat them, use their body parts as clothing, or use products that are tested on them. While DVA recognizes the challenges of living in a complex, modern society, it wishes to promote the choices that provide the greatest reduction of animal suffering.
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About Bob Isaacson:
Bob Isaacson is the President and Co-Founder of the non-profit organization, Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA).
Bob was a civil rights-human rights attorney for twenty-five years, specializing in defending people against the death penalty. He presented and won a landmark case in the Supreme Court of the United States, which limits the power of the police to arrest people without sufficient grounds, when he was 27, the second youngest attorney in history to appear before the nation’s highest court.
Bob Isaacson was drawn to the Buddha’s teachings on the path to the end of suffering 24 years ago and continues to be inspired. Since he began Buddhist practice, Bob has participated in 25 meditation retreats of one month or longer.
Bob currently teaches the Dharma (the Buddha’s teachings), leads two Sanghas (on-going groups of practitioners), and leads day-long and weekend retreats in the San Diego area, having been trained in Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leader Program.
It did not take Bob long to realize the disconnect between the Buddha’s teachings of compassion and non-harming toward all sentient beings and the actual practice of Buddhist teachers and followers who continue to eat animals. This disconnect led Bob to co-found Dharma Voices for Animals in 2011. DVA is the only international Buddhist animal rights/animal advocacy organization in the world. DVA relies on the Buddha’s teachings to engage Buddhist centers and communities around the world, especially in Asia where over 98% of Buddhists live.
Co-founder Compassion Consortium and Author of Gay the Pray Away
For many people, religious communities have been a source of rejection, judgment, and shame. In Gay the Pray Away, Rev. Erika Allison shares her experience growing up in a religious family in Texas and enduring conversion therapy as their attempt to change her sexual orientation.
The book first describes her 20-year journey of healing and recovery as she learned to peel back the layers of conditioning to find her true, authentic self. This discovery led Rev. Erika to transform from corporate engineer to Queer interfaith minister (and aspiring mystic), from human “doing & proving” to human being, and from carnivore to compassionate vegan. Along the way, she also learned how to forgive, heal, and make peace with her family and “the church.” Rev. Erika offers readers 7 guideposts she calls “the RAINBOW path.” The steps suggest a way to heal from identity harm―or any other experience of being that told who you are is somehow unlovable or flawed. She hopes this book will help readers connect with their truest version of themselves, fall in love with that authentic self, and unapologetically unleash that brilliant self to shine brightly in the world.
Episcopal priest and the Executive Director of GreenFaith, a global multi-faith climate and environmental justice network
With honesty and candor, Fletcher Harper shows that it takes belief and practice, science and faith to sustain us and our planet. The book gives concrete examples and tips that will help people of faith and worshiping communities engage in Earth care—in bold, life-giving ways. Each chapter has questions to guide personal study and group conversation. All bets are off if we go over the climate change cliff—a disaster greater than many Hurricane Sandys. There is no doubt that climate change is happening. While debated for years and despite some media reports to the contrary, the majority of people are ready to take action to avoid calamity. But what action is advisable or even possible? What can ordinary people do in the face of such staggering problems? Can or should faith communities play a part? Fletcher Harper shows how we can make a difference and make Earth a better world for all of us.