Jainism: The Basics
These sites offer quick summaries
on Jainism and the basic principles.
Jain Super sites
These are sites with a large
number of articles and books compiled using extensive efforts.
Jain Calendar is complex. The
following link offers a great guide to Jain calendar and festivals.
Jainism for Children
The following web sites for
children are fun and exciting:
– Jain Alphabet
– Jain Stories
http://www.jainworld.com/teachers/child3.asp – Variety of Jain teaching material
– Guide to teaching Jain
– Jain Stories
There are numerous books on
Jainism. Some are available here for free download:
Texts: Some excellent sources for scholarly books
and articles are here:
http://www.sendai-ct.ac.jp/~ousaka/1109F/Win95down.html/ (original texts)
The following links guide you to
hundreds of Jain temples and pilgrimages (Tirthsthans).
http://www.jainsamaj.org/ – Along with excellent information
about several temples, this web site offers biographical information about Jain
priests, and a matrimonial database.
The following web sites have many of the Jain mantras, sutras, and
prayers. These prayers are in Hindi with English translation. The meanings of
these sacred prayers are also given.
www.jainpujä.com – Excellent site for online
streaming pujä with temple graphics
– Bhaktamar Sutra
– Aarti and Mangal Dipa
– Atma Siddhi
– A collection of
Audio: Jain Sutras and Lectures
These web sites provide hundreds
of lectures and sutras in audio format.
On-Line Groups - Publications
The following web sites are links to the popular magazines and
If you are interested in
discussing Jainism, the following web sites are for you. Many engaging and
interesting discussions, all about Jainism, happen here.
Would you like to be more
involved in Jainism? Along with visiting your local Jain Centers, you can also
join the various Jain organizations in your area.
Federation of Jain Associations in North America
JAINA is the main Jain
organization in North America with over 60 Jain centers and 30
subcommittees. JAINA’s vision is
to Live and Share a Jain Way of
Young Jain Professionals
The Young Jain Professionals is a
group of people who focus on increasing the awareness and understanding of
Jainism amongst the Jain working professionals in North America.
Young Jains of America
This organization is for Young
Jains. They hold a convention once every two years.
Young Jains of Singapore
Young Jains UK
Jains in Australia
Intermediate & Special Interest Sites
Books: You can search university libraries, web-based
booksellers and some lists:
http://www.jaindharam.org/List of Printed Jain Books in
Rituals and Symbols: Ritual descriptions and
symbolism can be found here:
Images: You can find free clip-art at
Many beautiful images can be seen at
Jain Names: There is even a list of Jain baby names:
Jainism: Jain Principles, Traditions, Practices
This Jain web site has an
easy-to-use links section which contains links to several articles and other
Harvard Pluralism Project
One of the most comprehensive
resources on world religion including Jainism.
Jain Study Circle
A magazine containing articles,
stories, and poems on Jainism and related subjects.
Jainworld is an excellent web
site that provides educational information, literature, recipes and a lot more.
Jain Center of Greater Boston
A refreshed web site with links
to many resources.
Jain Society of Northern California
A user-friendly web site that
provides visitors with several resources.
Essence of Jainism
This web site has a variety of
topics covered in terms of Jainism. This web site also offers educational
information based on knowledge level.
Has information about Shrimad Rajchandraji and the
Excellent site to visit for an
introduction to Jainism, lyrics, recipes, and ecards.
The following web sites focus on
vegetarianism. Note that not all vegetarian recipes are suitable for Jains who
have taken higher Vrats (vows).
Vegetarianism & Ahimsa: There are many excellent
Veggies Unite provides
information on vegetarianism and includes vegetarian recipes, a discussion
board, and many articles may provide valuable information.
Vegetarianism in a Nutshell
Offers details about being a
vegetarian, as well as specifics regarding vitamins and simple food
Promotes people choosing the
vegan food habits, and provides vegans with information about what to eat for
Focuses on vegan products ranging
from food, clothing, and vitamins.
This is a PETA site that provides
information about health, activist kits and information on animal rights.
The following web sites focus on
vegetarianism and delicious vegetarian recipes. Note that not all vegetarian
recipes are suitable for Jains who have taken higher Vrats (vows).
Animal Cruelty and Ahimsa
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
PETA is one of the leaders in
promoting animal rights. Extensive
information is available on this topic.
The American Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The ASPCA is another organization
that urges the prevention of cruelty to animals. This site offers information
about adopting animals as well as pet nutrition and national shelter
Ahimsa of Texas
Ahimsa of Texas is an
organization promoting kindness to all life, with the primary focus on
eliminating the euthanasia of healthy animals in our community shelters and
Ahimsa: The Real Right to Live Movement
This Ahimsa site offers religious
perspectives from various other groups.
If you come across other web sites that we should include in the
next edition of this book, please send email to email@example.com.