Dharma Voices for Animals is happy to announce the launch of our latest and biggest campaign – The Sri Lanka Project. The Project will encourage the 15 million Sri Lankan Buddhists to transition toward a compassionate plant-based diet.
Sri Lanka, an island nation of 21 million people including 15 million Buddhists, holds a unique place in the Buddhist world. Buddhism has been the major religion on the island since its official introduction in the 3rd century B.C. by Arahant Mahinda, the son of the Emperor Ashoka of India – the longest continuous history of Buddhism of any nation.
Since that time the Sangha (Order of Monks) has a largely unbroken lineage, and Sri Lankan monks and lay people have played a prominent role in spreading Theravada Buddhism to Asia, the West and even Africa. Buddhism is the official religion under the nation’s Constitution.
Over the past six years DVA has developed a strong presence in Sri Lanka. During DVA President Bob Isaacson’s 2015 trip there, the speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament, the Honorable Karu Jayasuriya, attended the inauguration of our Colombo Chapter – one of three DVA chapters in the country - and gave a televised speech in support of DVA. The President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, invited Bob to meet him in person to discuss our support of a ground-breaking animal rights/welfare bill, and we have developed working relationships with many of the nation’s leading monastics. A major national newspaper, the Daily Mirror, published an editorial which was extremely supportive of DVA and our message promoting vegetarianism/veganism for all Buddhists.
We will kick off our Sri Lanka Project October 20-25 with our Chapter Leaders coming from all over the world to attend our Chapter Leader Conference. The buzz DVA will create will culminate in our second annual Asian Buddhist Animal Rights Conference in the capital city of Colombo on October 26. We anticipate national television coverage and extremely favorable media coverage. After the official inauguration, we will implement a long-term strategic plan to reach our ultimate goal.
Our Project Director, attorney Keshinie Bandaranaike, will be working closely with our Social Media Coordinator, Venerable Bibiladeniye Mahanama Thero, and other monastics, high ranking political leaders, entertainment stars, lawyers, doctors, and activists to promote our message to Buddhists to transition to vegetarianism/veganism.
In order to fund our Sri Lanka Project we need your support. We must raise $78,000. We have already raised $25,000 and have also secured a dollar for dollar match for the next $26,500. Raising the $26,500, with our match, will get us to our $78,000 goal!
With a dollar for dollar match of the next $26,500 in donations, your gift of $25, $100, or $500 becomes a gift to DVA of $50, $200, or $1,000.
The GIFT you make today will go twice as far to support DVA’s important work in the Buddhist country of Sri Lanka to reduce animal suffering.
No gift is too small.
Please also consider a monthly gift. No gift is too small.
Imagine a world in which animals are not considered food, a world in which Buddhist communities around the world are setting a shining example. Make your GIFT to DVA now so that you can say you were part of that achievement.
Your support is greatly appreciated!
DVA is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.