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We hope that you're observance of Paryushan / Das Lakshan was reflective and nourishing.  As we kick off September, we would like to share with you announcements and updates regarding community events and new opportunities to get involved!


I. Shri Virchand Raghavji Gandhi: A Pioneer in bringing Jainism to the West

Aug 25th marked the 150th birth anniversary of Shri Virchand Raghavji Gandhi (VRG).  VRG was a pioneer in bringing the awareness of Jainism to the West during his iconic speech at the World Parliament of Religions in September of 1893 in Chicago.  The VRG Committee has put together a number of resources to help you learn about VRG's legacy and contribution to Jainism and the Jain community.  A film by Pankaz Chandmal Hingarh, called "Salute to Son of India: Shree Virchand Raghavji Gandh" by clicking on the image below. and to read more about Virchand Ragavji Gandhi, go to:

Articles and documents about V.R. Gandhi:
Dalal, HH - Life of Virchand Gandhi (.pdf)
Desai, Kumarpal - Exponent of Jainism to West (.pdf)
Deasi, Kumarpal - VR Gandhi Contribution to Jainism (.pdf)

Books by V.R. Gandhi:
Gandhi, VR - Jaina Philosop
Gandhi, VR - Jaina Philosophyhy (.doc)
Gandhi, VR - Karma (.doc)
Gandhi, VR - Concentration (.doc)
Gandhi, VR - System Indian Philosophy (.doc)
 II. JAIN MILAN UPDATE - Last Day to submit your info for the Bio Data Souvenir Book was Sun. Sept 7!
 Jain Milan 2014

9th Annual Jain Youth | 3-day Matrimonial / Networking Convention

5 PM to midnight Friday September 19th, 2014
9 AM to midnight Saturday September 20th, 2014
9 AM to 3 PM Sunday September 21st, 2014

To learn more go to: or (Matrimonial)

 We are now 200% attendance from last year!

For questions, please email Gunvant Shah at

Due Date*

or before

or before

or before**

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Daily at Gate
(No Souvenir)

Price* per person
$175** Reduced
(souvenir excluded)

I. JAINA DAY - Observe Forgiveness Day on Sept 13

JAINA is proud to announce Forgiveness Day on Sept 13! The practice of seeking forgiveness and forgiving others is a critical aspect of Jain practice. In the spirit of expanding awareness of Jainism, we are in the process of creating official days of observance for the Jain community and beyond.  Stay tuned for more information about Forgiveness Day as well as other JAINA Days: Non-Violence Day (Oct 2) and Compassion - Jiv Daya Day (Nov 28).

For News Release click here:

II. Ahimsa Day Mega Event Claremont Lincoln University - Oct 2-4, 2014

This year, Claremont Lincoln University will be hosting the 3rd International Jain Conference in Claremont, CA from Oct 2-4, 2014.  On Oct 2, the 2nd Annual Ahimsa Award will be bestowed as well as showcasing Ahimsa Teachers with the theme of Explore, Perform,Transform, Be Formed.  The Conference with the theme of "Business Ethics" will be Oct 3-4. 

For more information go to or email Whitney Braun at
III. World Vegan Day - Nov 1/2, 2014

In the spirit of providing education on ways to deepen your practice of non-violence, JAINA is hosting events at Jain Sanghs across the United States and Canada, in honor of World Vegan Day.  There will be activities on either Sat, Nov. 1 or Sun, Nov. 2, which will comprise of interactive activities and shor talks by experts on exploring the connections between veganism, Jain values, and topics such as health, social justice, environmentalism, and more.  Please check our Facebook Page for ongoing updates or email the World Vegan Day team at
 IV. JAINA Convention 2015 - July 2-5, 2015

The 18th Biennial JAINA Convention is being held from July 2nd to July 5th in College Park, GA at the GICC and is located in College Park - a Southwest suburb of Atlanta. The Jain Society of Greater Atlanta, the 2015 JAINA Convention Board, and the JAINA Executive Committee look forward to welcoming you.

In addition to spiritual development, the Convention will also focus on health and well-being, social and ecological issues. Our goal is to provide a memorable experience for all age groups and showcase achievements of Jain community.

Go to for more information or email for questions or concerns.
I. Jain Fellows Program

The JAINA Long Range Planning (LRP) Committee is offering paid fellowships for one year terms, from October 2014 to September 2015, to high school, college or post graduate students interested in the advancement of Jain values in North America. This fellowship will provide an opportunity for individuals to develop the leadership skills required to contribute lasting impacts on community building and social change. 

NOTE: This opportunity is only available to those in the United States and Canada at this time.

For questions or concerns, please email
 II. Volunteer with JAINA by joining the JAINA Volunteer Corps (JVC)
Are you passionate about making a difference for the Jain community?  Would you like to learn and develop new skills while doing so?  Are you a leader who enjoys collaborating with other leaders?  Then join the JAINA Volunteer Corps (JVC) today!  We have just launched this new program for those who would like to contribute to the greater good of the Jain community and beyond.  NOTE: This opportunity is currently only available to those in North America.

Go to to fill out our form or email to learn more.


For $14.99, give the gift of education and awareness to the child(ren) in your life.  This is JAINA's first sponsored children's book to create awareness of Mahavira's message of compassion to all beings.  Whether you are a passionate parent, aunt / uncle to a 'little one', mindful educator, or a member of your local library and would like to create awareness of Jainism to your local community, this is the book for you!  The vision behind this project is spread Jainism's message beyond the non-Jain community.  NOTE: If you have purchased your book, but have not yet received it, please email and we will be happy to help you.  Delays may be due to the recent observance of Paryushan / Das Lakshan Holy Days.

To purchase your copy, click on the button to your left.  To volunteer for the team, email Dr. Manoj Jain at

The Young Jain Professionals (YJP) Organization has been very active bringing to young adults a variety of fun and interesting networking opportunities for Jain Professionals across North America, below are upcoming events:

NC - Brunch & Volunteering - Sept 3
Canada - Toronto Potluck Picnic - Sept 13
NYC Kayaking - Sept 14
Boston Networking Lunch - Sun Sept 28
NYC Financial Workship - Oct 3

View their latest newsletter for all of their updates.


As you can see there are a variety of events, initiatives, and projects that JAINA takes leadership in creating in order to bring value to you and the Jain Community.  The creation of new projects and the sustainability of current ones are ONLY POSSIBLE by the generous donations of the members like you.

We are rigorously streamlining our processes and bringing in new tools and resources to expand our "What Can JAINA Do For YOU?" initiative.  Please visit to learn more about our committees and projects or feel free to email or call our office at (510) 730 0204 and speak with a staff member to see how

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