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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.

Caution: Jains in North America strive for unity among the various sects (Shvetämbar, Digambar, Sthanakvasi, etc.). Please bring your best practices from India and do not create sectarianism. Know that Jain traditions are rich and varied, and conducted in different languages with different idol images. Only by embracing these will you be practicing true Non-Absolutism (Anekantvad – multifacetedness). We want North American Jains now and in the future to practice and maintain their respective traditions and live as unified Jains practicing JWOL.

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Cherish the Jain Experience in North America -

Vegetarian Way of Life -
Jain philosophy and its practice of Non-Violence and vegetarianism was a positive influence to many non-Jains in ancient India for whom animal consumption and sacrifices were common practices. However, the need for a vegetarian lifestyle is even more applicable today where billions of animals are painfully raised, dismembered, tortured, and slaughtered for food, leather, and other byproducts. Click here to read on ... Vegetarian Way of Life
Compassionate Healthy Diet -
Throughout the day we eat a variety of food. Food governs not only our physical health but our mental well being and our social interactions. A Jain Way of Life diet minimizes harm to living beings. Jains believe that all living beings have Souls, unlike other traditions, who believe that only humans have Souls. Hence, killing of any living creatures, may it be a plant or a human being, is violence. However, Jains categorize living beings by the number of senses they possess (from one to five senses). The level of violence that is committed when any creature is harmed depends on the senses it possesses. For example, plants and bacteria are one-sense beings and cows, pigs or humans are five-sense beings. Eating meat is many orders of magnitude more violent than a plant based diet. Compassionate Healthy Diet

Responsible Food Purchasing -
Food preparation begins with food purchasing. We must be mindful of how the food arrives in the grocery store, what the labeling on the package means, and what process the food has already been subjected to. In the Jain diet, food, from growth to consumption it, is treated in such a way as to minimize harm to living beings.
Responsible Food Purchasing

Eating and Drinking Out and Enjoying: Best Practices -
When it comes to eating cruelty-free in North America, today’s options are endless. But confusion about food ingredients, not knowing where to find vegetarian-friendly restaurants, and uncertainty about meat-free meal preparation can hinder even the most committed vegetarian. For some, cooking a Jain meal can be spiritually uplifting and meditative, but eating out can be enjoyable and entertaining and a chance to try new tasty dishes.  Whatever the reason, if we follow Eating Out: Best Practices, we can enjoy clean, healthy vegetarian food without any mixing and contamination with non-vegetarian food. A simple rule of thumb is to eat out at vegetarian restaurants. Most major cities have at least serveal such restaurants where one of them is probably a South Indian, another will be Buddhist, and some will be American Vegan/Vegetarian/Heath Food. Eating and Drinking Out and Enjoying: Best Practices
Excelling in the Workplace -
Are you happy and engaged at your job? Are you using your best strengths and developing them into your recognized core competencies? Does your boss praise you and recognize your work? Or are you frustrated with the quarreling, turf wars, and endless delays in decision making in your workplace?
Internalizing and practicing our core Jain values helps us excel in our work place and greatly enhances the environment for team work and higher productivity. Evaluate your corporate leaders – are they are following these Jain core values?
The table below shows how you can apply core Jain values to excel in many workplace situations.
(Core Values of NV=Non-Violence; NA=Non-Absolutism; NP=Non-Possessiveness)




Source: Jain Way of Life Handbook, A Guide to Compassionate, Healthy, and Happy Living, 2007
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