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When someone asks you "What is Jainism?"

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 – Triple 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 dialogue and enjoy 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.

 

Why is the Elevator Speech the Way it is:


Jainism is a religion and a way of live (1) .  For thousands (2) of years, Jains have been practicing vegetarianism, yoga, meditation, and environmentalism(3). Jains have three core practices: Non-Violence, Non-Absolutism, and Non-Possessiveness  (Ahimsa, Anekantvad, and Aparigraha – AAA).

Non-Violence is compassion and forgiveness (4) in thoughts, words, and deeds (5) towards all living beings.  For this reason, Jains are vegetarians (6).
Non- Absolutism is respecting views of others (7).  Jains encourage dialog and harmony with other faiths(8).
Non-Possessiveness is balancing (9) of needs and desires, while staying detached from these possessions.

Jains believe in the existence of Soul (10) – in each living being – which is eternal and divine (11).  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 (12) and by living a JAIN WAY OF LIFE (JWOL) we can bring peace and spirituality (13) to our lives and to those around us (14).

 (1)     This is a Way of Life
(2)     This is the oldest documented religion
(3)     Although these concepts are new to North America – they have been part of Jain Way of Life for over 5000 years
(4)     Only now are the scientists realizing the power practicing this.

 (5)    Here we emphasize not just superficial practice but deep belief

(6)   This is critical for a non-violent life style

(7)     This is a unique feature of Jainism - only now is the world realizing that Non-Absolutism is the only path to peace

(8)  All faiths share the same values -  we must be inclusiveness – ready to have a conversation..

(9)  Have enough to live an exciting, fun, and enriching life and share with others and not hoard 

(10)    We are responsible for our own destiny – each living being is divine

(11)     Not just a short span in life but a permanence and long term view of life

(12) We’re not an independent island – but need to be in harmony with people and all living beings that inhabit this planet

(13) Everyone wants peace and tranquility – JWOL can bring that not just momentary but in long term.

(14) This life is not just about us but about all living beings – Live and Help Live

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