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JainLink Newsletter - September, 2008 (Paryushan)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008   (0 Comments)
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September 08 - Paryushan

An on-line Jain Community for Jains and Jain Centers


Jain Festival Dates and

Pratikraman  Book in English by Pravin Shah

Steve Job's Vegetarian Diet
When it comes to being healthy, some technologists take pride in going to extremes.  Steve Job has been following a vegetarian diet [more]

Panch Kalyanak Pratistha Mahotsav - The Jain Center of Greater Phoenix's  Panch Kalyanak Pratistha Mahotsav will take place from December 20th - December 26th, in Phoenix, Arizona. [more]

Jai Jinendra

Welcome to JainLink newsletter. JainLink is an on-line community which has been developed in collaboration with JAINA, Jain Centers, YJA, and YJP.  Here North American Jains can connect with other Jains, Jain Centers, and resources.  Members can search for each other, get news, content, photos, and blogs.  Jain Center of Boston, Northern California, and JAINA Scholar committee and other groups are online now. If your center would like to participate, please contact us at

8-10 Days Points Worksheet for Paryushan

Paryushan Parv/Das Lakshan are festivals for celebrating the qualities and essence of the Soul. These auspicious 8 or 10  days offer us an opportunity to focus on our spirituality with the hope that we will live a Jain Way of Life for the rest of the year. Disciplining oneself for these practices is a difficult task. The following activity recommendations are for people of all ages along with point incentives. A family can print this page and give one copy to each member of the family to fill out and add up the points at the end of the festival. A gift can be offered for achieving a certain point target. Each family member should encourage and help others to achieve their best. [more]

Paryushan/Das-Lakshan: A Simple Overview
This is the time to celebrate the natural qualities of the Soul, refresh ourselves, and ask for forgiveness.

35 Scholars from North America and other countries attend Jain Studies Program in India

Jain Studies Program gave $8,000 scholarship to each of the 35 students for this 8 weeks program.  This is one of the most successful Jain project of this decade [more]

When Someone asks you "What is Jainism" (The Elevator Pitch!)
For thousands of years, Jains have been practicing vegetarianism, yoga, meditation, and environmentalism. Jains have three core practices: Non-Violence, Non-Absolutism, and Non-Possessiveness (Ahimsa, Anekantvad, and Aparigraha – AAA).
Non-Violence is compassion and forgiveness in thoughts, words, and deeds towards all living beings.  For this reason, Jains are vegetarians.

Non- Absolutism is respecting views of others. Jains encourage dialog and harmony with other faiths.
Non-Possessiveness is the balancing of needs and desires, while staying detached from our possessions.

Jains believe in the existence of a Soul – in each living being – which is eternal and divine. 
JAIN WAY OF LIFE (JWOL) respects and honors all living beings through the practice of
Non-Violence, Non-Absolutism, and Non-Possessiveness.  We are all interdependent and, by living a JAIN WAY OF LIFE (JWOL), we can bring peace and spirituality to our lives and to those around us. [more]

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