|How to Raise a Jain Child - Parents’ greatest wish is for their children to be happy, healthy, intelligent, successful, and selfless. It takes a core and extended family, community, culture, tradition, and religion and a responsible Way of Life to raise a child. Practice of Jain Way of Life in thoughts, words, and actions insures happy, healthy, and balanced children. The following are some practical and effective actions which will help your children follow, internalize, and cherish a Jain Way of Life. This can be your gift to your children which will last a lifetime and will be carried through many generations. Read on... click on How to Raise a Jain Child.
Marriage Committment - A Conversation- Marriage can dramatically change your life direction, beliefs, practices and way of life, and affects many generations to come. Your Jain Way of Life (JWOL) practice can be strengthened or be severely setback depending on whom you marry. Hence, it is important that you have a conversation on critical issues when contemplating a serious relationship leading to marriage. Unique life experiences and upbringing, coupled with religious practices, determine ones outlook. No two people will align on all issues but there are some critical issues that you may not wish to compromise on. Also, a relationship has an intangible element called "chemistry.” Sometimes chemistry in a potential relationship overpowers parents’ reasoning and guidance. Even when the chemistry appears to match and all stars appear to align, it is always a good idea to have a conversation.
The following are guidelines for a heart to heart conversation with a potential life partner to affirm living a JWOL (Jain Way of Life) for the rest of your lives. Read on... click on Marriage Committment - A Conversation.
A Typical Day - Jain Way of Life- We pass through many stages in life and our typical daily activities and priorities change. However, the core of our typical day can be grounded in a Way of Life which is mindful, compassionate, and able to increase our spiritual strength. Be sure that once every hour you take a long deep breath lasting at least 15 seconds. The following are typical day activity highlights: Read on... click on A Typical Day - Jain Way of Life
Vacation, Retreats, and Camps- Going on vacations and retreats is important for relaxation, learning about the world, and being together with family and friends. In addition to tingling our senses and emotions, some parts of the vacation should include appeal to the mind and the Soul. This can be quite an exhilarating experience. Vacations should also be a time to reflect about ourselves, our practices, and our habits. In the United States as well as all over the world, there are thousands of vacation spots and retreats which are not only fun but also spiritually uplifting. Read on ... click on Vacation, Retreats, and Camps
Very Responsible Purchasing- Jain core practice of Non-Violence extends far beyond being vegetarian and avoiding activities that hurt insects. The products we buy, how we use them, and how we dispose of them are important opportunities for Jains to practice Non-Violence and Non-Possessiveness. Most Jains are familiar with what happens on farms and in slaughter houses to make meat and leather products. Similarly, it is important to understand how other everyday products – such as food, electronics, jewelry, and clothing – are manufactured. Some of these processes inflict violence on people, animals, and the environment in the form of poor labor conditions, human rights abuses, pollution, inefficient use of resources, health risks, and social and economic injustice. Read on ... click Very Responsible Purchasing
Guidelines to Donations and Gift Giving- Jains have a rich tradition of philanthropy. However, as the pressures of daily living, paying for children’s education, and health increase, we forget the critical role that Jain Way of Life organizations play in strengthening our family and religious values. These organizations are competing against mass media and don’t have the financial prowess to compete for your money. It is for this reason that we must take every opportunity to proactively donate money to these organizations. Even today in some traditions, up to 10% of income is donated to a church, temple, or religious charities. The following are some guidelines:
Guidelines to Donations and Gift Giving