Jain Center Of Northern California To Celebrate The 10th Anniversary Of The Jain Bhawan
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Posted by: Pooja Jain
JAIN CENTER OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TO CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JAIN BHAWAN
AUGUST 5-8, 2010
Preparations to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the JAIN BHAWAN are in full swing. The theme of the celebrations is Non-Violence, Peace & Harmony. Events being planned include eclectic speakers to address current issues, an inter-faith panel discussion with representatives from all the major religions, various cultural programs highlighted by a major dance program and Jain prayer ceremonies.
Throughout the four-day celebrations, there will be extensive Jain prayer ceremonies led by Jain Monks and Scholars visiting from India, including Bhattarakji Devendrakeerthi, Muni Roop Chandraji Maharaj, Samaniji Akshay Pragyaji, Samaniji Vinay Pragyaji, Shri Manoj Haran and Pandit Kumud Chand Jain.
In addition, the celebrations, which are expected to draw more than 2,000 people, will offer highly engaging activities in all aspects of wholesome practical living, how to foster communal harmony in these trying times and an exhibition dedicated to Non-Violence, Peace and Harmony.
During these events, the invited speakers will be addressing current environmental issues, community volunteerism, ethics and other related issues with discussions emphasizing creative and practical solutions. The list of invited speakers include:
- Dr. Dipak Jain who served as dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University from 2001 to 2009. It was during his tenure as dean that the mission of the Kellogg School of Management was changed ‘From Success to Significance’. "People have to think beyond personal significance. It should be PSR (personal social responsibility)” he says. So much so, that even in his executive education classes these days, he harps on the bigger social purpose and moral responsibility.
- Dr Will Tuttle is an award-winning American author, speaker, educator, pianist and composer. Dr. Tuttle has performed and lectured widely throughout the United States and Europe. His recent book, The World Peace Diet, has been receiving rave reviews, and has been called the ultimate "why to go vegan" book.
· Nipun Mehta is the founder of CharityFocus.org, a fully volunteer-run organization that has delivered millions of dollars of web-related services to the nonprofit world for free. The recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the President's Volunteer Service Award, his work creatively leverages web technologies for collaborative and transformational giving, lending him insight into service, leadership, organizational design, and spirituality.
Get ready for some dance work outs! Among the many cultural activities will be a "Dandia-Raas” program led by the popular Soli Kapadia Group. There will also be an international multi-cultural program with performances of Japanese Taiko, Filipino Kaisahan, Chinese Yao Yong and a variety of Indian dance forms.
We expect the Jain Bhawan 10th Anniversary Celebrations to be a memorable event. It will be a great story with lots of colorful visuals, certain to be appealing to your readers, viewers and listeners.
For more information, please contact Sunil Vora at (415)538-8054 or Kamlesh Mehta at (408)839-8996.
Originating in ancient India, Jainism is one of the oldest religions in the world and promotes tolerance, peace and compassion. Its fundamental beliefs are Ahimsa (non-violence), Aparigraha (non-possessiveness), Anekantvada (respect for a multiplicity of opinions), Asteya (non-stealing), and Satya (truth).
For more information, please visit the following web sites:
www.jainworld.com/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/jainism www.fas.harvard.edu/~pluralsm/affiliates/jainism/index.htm
About the Jain Center of Northern California:
The Jain Center of Northern California (JCNC) is a nonprofit organization devoted to the practice and teachings of the Jain religion, and organizes associated religious and cultural activities for the benefit of Jains and other interested people residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the past 35 years JCNC has held a series of trend-setting events: JAINA Conventions in 1991 and 2005 hosting over 3,000 attendees from all over the world; Jain youth conventions in 1994 and 2004 for over 600 attendees. JCNC inaugurated its 24,000 sq. ft. Jain Bhawan, a Temple and Community Center, in August 2000 with a very memorable ceremony attended by over 2,000 Jains from all over the U.S. For more information, please visit www.jcnc.org.