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Cherish the Jain Experience in North America -
Welcome to the United States of America. Whether you are a student, parent (visiting to help your son or daughter have their first child), on a temporary work assignment, or just visiting this country for vacation, it is very easy to maintain your Jain Way of Life practices. In fact, in North America you will experience new and innovative Jain practices and expand your understanding of this healthy and compassionate way of life.
North American Jains are dynamic and active with more than 68 Jain organizations and more than 30 Jain temples. All major Jain festivals are celebrated, and conventions are held every year for youths and families. Click to read on... Cherish the Jain Experience in North America



Guidelines for High School Students -
High school years are demanding. Jain Way of Life offers a strong foundation for you to grow. The following are some
issues you will come across throughout your high school years. Click to read on... Guidelines for High School Students -


Animal Rights - Your Critical Role -
Animal rights is the core of Jain practice. For thousands of years, Jains have been protecting all types of animal life from abuse, consumption, and neglect. Click to read on... Animal Rights - Your Critical Role -


Partnerships with Non-Jain Groups -
Jainism is not only a religion, but a way of life. Gandhi once said, “As soon as we lose the moral basis, we cease to be religious. There is no such thing as religion overriding morality. Man, for instance, cannot be untruthful, cruel or incontinent and claim to have God on his side.” Thus, we should not only look inwards toward our Soul, but at the world around us. Click to read on... Partnerships with Non-Jain Groups -


Forgiveness and How to do it -
One key ingredient to happiness is unconditional forgiveness.  It is critical in the practice of nonviolence and transforming our thoughts, speech, and actions to equanimity and harmony.
It is as important to ask for forgiveness as it is to forgive others. Asking for forgiveness is so essential that it is the central aspect of the Jain ritual Pratikraman. In Pratikraman, we ask for forgiveness from all levels and from of living beings. By asking for forgiveness, we lessen the attachment to that event or incident and avoid such actions in the future. By asking forgiveness, we learn and better ourselves.  Click to read on... Forgiveness and How to do it -


Steps to Spiritual Progress -
For centuries humans have sought guidance on how they can progress on their spiritual journey. The sages who authored the Jain scriptures Ratnakarand Shrävakachar have laid out a systematic 11 step plan, much like Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Successful People. The 11 steps, which are like the rungs of a ladder, are called Shrävaka-pratimä. They begin with intuition and awakening and lead up to an ascetic life.  Click to read on... Steps to Spiritual Progress -
 

Source: Jain Way of Life Handbook, 2007


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