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Jainlink Newsletter - March 09

December 2008  

An on-line Jain Community for Jains and Jain Centers

JainLink is an on-line community developed in collaboration with JAINA, Jain Centers, and YJA.


Jain Festival Dates and

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]



. March 09 Newsletter  (click here to view with photos)
JainLink is an on-line Jain community developed in collaboration with JAINA, Jain Centers, and YJA.

Over the past few months, two more temples were inaugurated.  To date we have over 50 temples in North America and expanding.  In addition to physical structures, we also have “virtual temples” on-line.  For example, gets 100,000 visitors per day!  is another one which focuses on on-line secure community for Jains.  It would be wise for us to treat both brick and mortar and marble temples as well as on-line based Jain sites as a place where we can learn, meditate, meet, and strengthen our faith. 
Editor: Yogendra Jain, JAINA/Long Range Planning Committee.

Event: Mahavir Jayanti - Tuesday April 7th, 2009 - Celebrate it!

Did You Update Your On-Line Profile on  
Over 400 new members have registered in the last three weeks and have updated their profile.  Welcome.  If you have not updated your profile, please register on-line.  Your profile is confidential and will be used in updating the next North America Jain Directory.

Prepare for Peace: Fostering Interfaith Collaboration for Alternatives to Violence (March 9th, 2009, Chicago Jain Center)

In partnership with the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, Chicago (CPWR) is preparing for a pre-Parliament interfaith event. Dipak Jain, dean of the prestigious Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, will be a featured speaker.  Dr. Hema Pokharna, member of JSMC and a trustee on the board of CPWR and Play for Peace has organized this event and has been the inspiration behind this Prepare for Peace Program. For more information contact Dr. Hema Pokharna, at 773-368-1656, or email her at  Click here for more information.

Free JAINA Calendar:
Did you receive the famous JAINA Calendar in mail? If not or if you would like to get one more for your kids in college or relatives, please contact Chairman of JAINA Calendar and Mini Library Committee at

Spectacular Inauguration of Jain Center of Phoenix :
Less than 150 dedicated families have created one of the most elegant and beautiful temple in North America.  Click here for photos of the ceremonies  and to view all three albums.

YJA Board Meets in Boston to Strategize and Plan for Next Two Years:
Seeing 15 Jain youths around a table with their computers propped up in intense discussions is serious business.  This was the scene in Boston over the MLK long weekend.  They discussed short and long range goals and plans for YJA.  Specifically, how to manage and keep interest of their membership, what events and activities to have locally and centrally, and how to raise funds.  They also met with Jainlink coordinators and agreed to use Jainlink to manage their on-line membership. Ask your children to actively participate in this fine tuned organization. Visit

How to Raise a Jain Child? 

Parent’s greatest wish is for their children to be happy, healthy, intelligent, successful, and selfless.  Here for some guidelines on how to raise a Jain Child from a chapter in Jain Way of Life book.

Jain Milan in NY - April 10th, 11th & 12th, 2009.
3-day Matrimonial / Networking Convention

As any young Jain or their parents will attest, it is not easy to find a life partner.  Jain Milan is a unique opportunity to meet with your future spouse.  This may appear quite awkward but it is no different than internet dating, speed dating, having a friend introduce you to another friend or your family introducing you to someone.  Visit or call Gunvant Shah, Chairman, Jain Milan at 732-246-4030,

JAINA Convention on July 2-5, 2009  in Anaheim, CA
One of the greatest events for Jains worldwide is the JAINA Convention.  If you have not been to these in the past where as many as 6000 Jains attend, then you are missing an incredible event.  Your children will be awed by meeting 100’s of other kids their same age sharing the same values.  Young families will find many sessions which will strengthen their faith and knowledge in Jainism and help them raise their kids with a strong JWOL (Jain Way of Life) foundation. There are activities for people of all ages.  In India you would stretch to get their glimpse of great Jain scholars and monks.  However, here at the convention you can have one on one discussions with them.  It’s not all serious stuff.  The convention evenings are highly entertaining.  You can save $100 per member by registering early (visit

JWOL (Jain Way of Life) Hints - Living Healthy and Green
(by Amit Jain, past YJA co-chair)
- Food – Use organic, locally grown foods to provide to your party-goers. Organic foods contain no GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms).  Little is known about the long-term effects of eating GMO’s but there is some concern considering that their existence is NOT natural.  Buying locally for a Certified Farmer’s Market not only enhances the local economy but it also reduces the amount of energy to produce, transport and sell produce.
 - Eco-friendly Party and Jain Center Function Supplies – Do not buy Styrofoam!! Styrofoam is virtually indestructible. Even though it is made largely of air, it does not biodegrade. A piece of Styrofoam is used once and then lies dormant in a landfill forever. Make sure to use biodegradable plates, cups, napkins and utensils. There are many alternatives you can find such as corn-based plastics.  
 - Lights Out – In order to really show a commitment to Green, one must commit to reduction in consumption in all facets. One way to do that at a party to is to use as little energy as possible. Try hosting your party under candlelight.  Not only does it create a fun and intimate experience, but it reduces your energy consumption. Eliminating all other distractions such as much and television drives the focus towards human interaction and a much greater party

JainLink is an on-line Jain community developed in collaboration with JAINA, Jain Centers, and YJA.

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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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