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What If Every Day Was a Parliament of the World's Religions?

John Halstead | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

For five days members of the most diverse religions not only co-existed, but created community together. How was this possible? There was no proselytizing. And the conversation was intentionally inclusive.

Daily Meditation: Devotion

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be pa...

The Bus Ride to 'Belief'

Sister Jenna | Posted 10.01.2015 | OWN
Sister Jenna

As I stood there, I knew this soul was sincere, and she was being called to serve humanity through two efforts: by elevating humanity into a pure experience of God and by showcasing the importance of beautiful connections through the power of relationships.

Santhara -- Jain Way of Death with Equanimity

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

By dying in meditation the aspirants are able to die with the mind being in complete awareness, calm and undisturbed by pain or emotions. Moreover, the aspirants practice their ultimate belief that their body and the material world are not their pure self and that they detach from them.

Jain Sect's Death Ritual Clashes With Indian Government's Laws About Suicide

The New York Times | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion

PUNE, India — All week, people streamed in and out of the handsome bungalow where the Lodha family lives, eager to witness for themselves the a...

Are Local Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

While theoretically all hospitals should be able to manage an Ebola patient, in practice it is not possible. In my opinion, we cannot train hundreds of hospital staff including doctors, nurses, phlebotomists, and X-ray technician in meticulous isolation procedures.

A Jain Scholar's Perspective on God

JAINA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

An avatar is the being of Ishwar himself when he comes back and takes birth in a human body. In Jainism, everyone has the potential to become a bhagwan. Furthermore, the position is not reserved for any one person.

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

JAINA | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion

My time with Maharaji and with ISJS allowed me to discover that the notion of God is not bound by such strict parameters in India. Rather, God is made more infinite and more personal simultaneously.

Is There Room for God in Jainism?

JAINA | Posted 10.26.2013 | Religion

Although God does not fit in Jain theory, God may in some way fit in Jain praxis. It is this that I would like to consider.

Interfaith and Jainism

JAINA | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion

Interfaith is about having a deep awareness that faith or religion is an essential part of our lives, and that we must learn, respect, and understand other people's faiths.

The Joy of the Unexpected

Sanjay Surana | Posted 08.01.2013 | Travel
Sanjay Surana

One of the delights of travel is the people that you meet, people to whom you have no obvious connection, except that for some brief moments you inhabit the same physical space.

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

JAINA | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion

While the majority of westerners believe vegetarianism to be a mostly recent phenomenon, Jains know this is not the case.

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

JAINA | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion

Each of us must make often difficult ethical decisions, choosing our priorities from a welter of imperatives. In Jain traditional ethics, applied compassion, tolerance, and restraint are key to such decisions.

Mumbai: Jenn Goes Jain

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 04.10.2013 | Travel
Jennifer Schwab

As a person of East Indian descent, but an American through and through by birth and upbringing, I have always wanted to journey to the motherland to explore my Jain heritage.

A Jain Perspective On Newtown Shootings

JAINA | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion

To minimize violence we need to learn how to control the toxic emotions of anger, ego, deceit, and greed by focusing on the development of their antidotes, namely forgiveness, love, compassion, humility, honesty, and contentment.

Jain Dharma Goes Beyond Religion

Pankaj Jain, Ph.D. | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
Pankaj Jain, Ph.D.

A focus on the book and God makes a religion conclusive, exclusionary and separative. In these three ways, the Indic notion of dharma is very different from the notion of religion.

Celebrating Lord Mahavir's Teachings Of Compassion And Peace In Jainism

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 06.15.2011 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

Mahavir Jayanti is one of the most important holidays for Jains around the world and the birthday of Lord Mahavir, the 24th and last Thirthankar of Jainism.

Jain or Hindu? Finding a Distinct Religious Identity in a Multi-Faith Society

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

When I meet people who have not heard of Jainism, or who assume it is an obscure branch of Hinduism, it frustrates me. Honestly though, until a few years ago, I barely knew the difference myself.

Introspection and Forgiveness: The Jain Celebration of Paryushan and Das Lakshan

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

Khamemi savve jive Savve jiva khamantu me Mitti me savve bhuesu Veram majaham na kenai I ask for forgiveness from all living beings; May all living beings grant me forgiveness. My friendship is with all living beings; I have hostility towards none.

Varanasi: India's Holy City (PHOTOS)

Rajan P. Parrikar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rajan P. Parrikar

In this holy place beats the heart of an ancient civilization.

Birthday Lessons From Lord Mahavir

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

Here are two lessons from the core of Mahavir's teachings that we can all learn from, and who knows, perhaps even find room to apply them in our lives.

Tentativeness Made Simple

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Syadvada is a practice of tentativeness in expression that is associated with the ancient Jain tradition of India (Radhakrishnan & Moore, 1957). In S...