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JAINA is the Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) which comprises of 67 Jain Centers in North America, representing over 160,000 Jains. JAINA’s mission is to promote religious and educational activities related to Jainism and the Jain Way of Life which is based on the principles of non-violence, non-absolutism, and non-possessiveness.

Entries by JAINA

The Jain Art of Spiritual Dying

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 3:57 PM

By Yogendra Jain


Death can happen at any time. If you were on a plane that was about to crash and had no hope of surviving, what would your last thoughts be? Besides getting into a safer position in your seat, would you...

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Sharing Dreams: Reflecting on King, Gandhi, and Jainism at Houston's Rothko Chapel

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 12:24 PM

by Katy Dycus

If you have weapons, take them home; if you do not have them, please do not seek to get them. We cannot solve this problem through retaliatory violence. We must meet violence with nonviolence. Remember the words of Jesus: "He who lives by the sword will perish...
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Compassion for All Viewpoints: When the Jain Principle of Anekantavada Meets Practice

(7) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 1:54 PM

by Parth Savla

I was standing in line at the local coffee shop on Monday at 5:15 a.m., fueling up to analyze spreadsheets for a meeting later that morning. Cold, stressed, and focused on what I had on my plate -- as is symptomatic of many people working in Manhattan...

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Planning a Cross-Cultural Thanksgiving

(5) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 8:48 AM

By Jennifer J. Craig

Thanksgiving has always fascinated me more than other holidays. I especially appreciate that people from any religion can celebrate it. This freedom to express gratitude for the year's abundance with anyone in the U.S. creates an opportunity for true community with others --...

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Tarla Dalal: Indian Vegetarian Cook and Friend of JAINA

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 10:31 AM

by Manoj Jain

Tarla Dalal, the Julia Child of Indian vegetarian cooking and author of over 17,000 recipes and 170 cookbooks, died in her sleep this past week at the age of 77. My family and I knew her well and had recently shared a meal with her at her...

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A Jain Scholar's Perspective on God

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 12:25 PM

By Dr. Sulekh C. Jain

Some foolish men declare that a creator made the world. The doctrine that the world was created is ill-advised and should be rejected. If God created the world, where was he before the creation? If you say he was transcendent then and...

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Response to Feedback on 'Is There Room for God in Jainism?'

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 5:27 PM

By Hunter Joslin

Thank you for all your comments -- and even your criticisms -- on my previous article "Is There Room for God in Jainism?" Let me offer a general response.

When I visited India earlier this summer, I sat down with Jain Muni Prashumrati Vijayji, known...

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Is There Room for God in Jainism?

(26) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 5:15 PM

And if so, where does God fit?

By Hunter Joslin

I am writing now from Benaras in Uttar Pradesh. Since the beginning of my trip with the International School for Jain Studies (ISJS), I have wondered whether or not there is room for God in Jainism. I am a Christian...

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Interfaith and Jainism

(2) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 10:30 AM

By Manoj Jain

Last August, I joined my Muslim friends in Memphis as they broke their fast at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. I have been attending this event for a number of years. I am not Muslim, and neither were half of the 500 Memphians gathered...

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Animal Rights and Plant Based Diets: Short-Lived Fad or Longstanding Tradition?

(83) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 2:01 PM

By Brett Evans

Increasing numbers of Americans are becoming aware of the violence that our industrial food system inflicts upon humans, nonhumans, and the environment.

Contemporary bestsellers like Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation and Peter Singer's Animal Liberation have all become foundational texts in...

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How to Deal With Anger

(13) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 4:45 PM

By Anop R.Vora

In day-to-day life, we are bound to come across situations that make us angry: a disagreement with our spouse, frustration at work, disappointment with our children, harassment at a social event, jealousy at a classmate's success, and our own unmet expectations. These and other experiences act as...

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The Life Force of Jainism: When Kindness Takes on Revolutionary Dimensions

(9) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 7:15 PM

By Michael Tobias, Ph.D.

I first discovered the Jain world while approaching a gleaming white marble temple in Central India over 40 years ago. This gorgeous architectural wonder sat quietly in a remote town, a great variety of birds, Gray Hanuman Langurs, bovines, and camels roaming about. I removed my...

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Ahimsa in the Small Things: A Jain College Student's Approach to Nonviolent Living

(16) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 5:17 PM

By Hetali Lodaya

I have been up all night working on an assignment, I'm late for the first class of the day, and it is freezing outside. All I can think about is finding the shortest way across campus to get to class. I could take the long, meandering sidewalks,...

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Jain Wisdom on Cultivating Nonviolence In a New Era

(15) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 5:00 PM

By J.J. Craig

This past July, I saw the Jain spiritual leader Gurudev Shri Chitrabanuji speak at the Young Jains of America convention in Tampa, Florida. He was on stage in front of an audience of nearly 700 Jain teenagers. Before he spoke, he was presented with a vegan cupcake...

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A Jain Perspective on Newtown Shootings

(12) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 3:25 PM

By Anop Vora

The rampage that occurred on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., utterly shocked the whole nation, including the 100,000 Jains who live in North America. Most of the 26 people killed were energetic young children who will never get to explore the joy of human life.

What can...

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