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Level 5B Sept 13th 2009 Pathshala

Posted By Yogendra K. Jain, Friday, September 11, 2009
Dear Level 5B Students,
Welcome to Pathshala this year. As you may have heard from Pathshala students that have graduated - level 5B class is lot's of fun and lot's of learning.  I understand that some of you are very busy applying to colleges and some getting ready to take SAT's.  It is for this reason we try to minimize Pathshala home work.
I would like to encourage you to review the attached summary sheet.  We will have a short quiz on this to assess how much you have forgotten over the summer :) and what areas you need to review further.


The following is the plan

Sunday September 13th - Level 5B
- Start the class with meditation / relaxation (See JWOL book chapter on Meditation/Relaxation - and Rakhee - you've been through this)
- Take a short informal Quiz (based on the first few pages of the summary sheet)
- Review the Quiz questions/ responses and review basics of Jainism
- Memorize the Elevator pitch  (each of you will get JWOL cards)  d
- Homework: 
   - Read Pages 9-18 - Treasures in Jainism and NV, NA, and NP in JWOL);
   - Be able to say the Elevator Pitch

If you have any question or suggestions, please email or call me anytime!

Yogendra Jain
Level 5B Pathshala Teacher
Jain Center of Greater Boston

Essence of Jainism (an Elevator Speech)

When someone asks you “What is Jainism”

Jain Way of Life

Jainism is a religion and a way of life. 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.

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