As steadfast believer in Jivdaya, we Jains have a moral obligation to
help out the survivors of this calamity. The Survivors urgently need basic necessities like Water,
food, Clothes, shelter and Medical Supplies. We have already sent 5,000
hygienic kits with Fairfax County Rescue squads.
As in many instances in the past, JAINA World Community
always gets involved and provides a helping hand whenever a
natural or man made disaster strikes in any corner of the earth. Our
efforts are always directed towards projects with long term
benefits like building a school, hospital, housing or a rehabilitation
JAINA’s administrative expenses in carrying out any project is limited
to 3% of
the funds raised compared to up to 40% cost experienced by many relief
organizations. Please contribute generously in the spirit of Bhagwan Mahavir’s
message of compassion - service to the sick and the poor is the true service to
Please donate on-line or send your tax-deductible contribution (USA) payable
to "JAINA” and mail to:
Prakash Mehta, 2960 Motherwell Ct., Oak Hill, VA 20171, Email: Pmehta@psiint.com
This is an announcement for the 5thAnnual Kellogg conference sponsored by JAINA Leadership/Long Range Planning.
We as Jains and Jain organizations must collectively share a unified vision of Jainism.
Over the past four years JAINA’s Long Range Planning Committee together
with Jain leaders has developed a vision for the future of Jainism in
North America. Dipak Jain, past Dean of Kellogg School of Management,
invited Jain leaders from across USA and Canada to a historic first
summit to discuss the future of Jainism in North America on April
15-17, 2005 at the Kellogg School of Business in Chicago. This year, the conference's theme will be How to Deliver on a National Infrastructure for JAINISM in three key areas:
1. Financial sustainability– short and long term
2. Executive office – serving Jain community and the broader society
3. Process of growing the local centers and JAINA through appreciative inquiry
JAINA is delighted to present you the JAINA 2010 Calendar. This year's
calendar continues its Yatra of the rich history of Jain
Temple Art & Architecture. These pictures of 12 architecturally and
historically important Jain Temples and Jain Tirths dispersed throughout India
and the USA, depict the richness and vastness of Jain culture.
Thanks to an overwhelmingly positive response by the Jain
Community, we are again able to freely distribute 11,000 copies of the JAINA 2010
Calendar to Jain families across North America and other parts of the world.
apologize if you have not received a copy. by January 5th, 2010. Since
we have limited quantities, you can get a copy by clicking below:
generously(Click here..) as this Non-Profit project is entirely Supported by your
Valuable Donations, which makes it possible for us to freely distribute this
Calendar to over 11,000 Jain Families.
Wishing you all a Very Happy,
Healthy, Prosperous and a Peaceful New Year. My Year 2010 Resolutions- Jain Way of Life
taking this simple self-evaluation test you can determine your JWOL (Jain Way of Life)
state of mind and practice. This exercise
will expand your awareness and stimulate your mind in thinking about
ways to live and share a Jain Way of Life in the Year 2010.
My Things - A Self Evaluation (click here...) So
much of our lives is consumed by collecting, managing, and maintaining
"My Things.” Some are, of course, necessary for a comfortable
lifestyle. However, others distract us and consume tremendous time and
• Non-Violence: in our diet, speech, and thoughts. • Non-Possessiveness: where we balance our possessions and desire for them. • Non-Absolutism: where we strive to keep our mind open and understand other views.
We are now ready to move forward with the
organization and take it to new levels.YJP’s
mission is to increase the awareness and understanding of Jain principles and
heritage by promoting networking among Jain professionals.
Jain Digest is back, and it is green.
With recent moves to greater environmental awareness and the updating
of the Jaina.org website, we have relaunched this beloved magazine as
e-Jain Digest. It is informative, inspiring and interactive. It has
something for our entire North American Jain community, from inspiring
articles, to informative news from JAINA and various JainCenters;
from entertaining story and puzzle for the young ones, to Jain recipe
for the cooking enthusiasts. Above all, it welcomes all of you to
interact with us and with each other – by providing comments, content,
participate in finishing the story, answer the puzzles…. and once you
have submitted your responses, be sure to look for your names in the
next issue! Click here to read e-Jain Digest.
JAINA Has Strong Presence at the Parliament of World Religions Meeting in Australia - Dec. 3rd - 9th 2009
The fifth Parliament of World’s Religions will take place in Melbourne, Australia, from December 3 through December 09, 2009. This Parliament is projected to bring in about 10,000 people from 80 countries.The
Barcelona Parliament was attended by about 30 Jains including monks,
nuns, scholars, and delegates from USA, UK, and India. This
participation was a huge success in terms of making Jainism more
visible to the outside world. The theme of the Melbourne Parliament, Make a World of Difference: Hearing each other, healing the earth
reflects the urgent need to act on concerns for the environment, peace,
and overcoming poverty, and to cultivate awareness of our global
interconnectedness. This theme calls for action and is parallel to the
teachings of Anekaantvaad and Parasparopgraho Jivanaam. http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/. For more information on JAINA's participation, click here...
Palitana Mobility Camp 2009 - Great opportunity to help the needy
World Community Service Committee is one of the sponsors of the MEGA
medical camp at Palitana from Dec.23rd , 2009 to Jan.9 ,2010. The camp
seeks to rehabilitate a total of 25,000 disabled people
t h rough supplying and fitting them Calipers, Jaipur foot artificial
limb to amputees, Tricycles,W heelchairs and Crutches, and hearing
aids. on a need based assessment.
For more information visit http://palitana.net/ or contact Dhiraj Shah M.D. (Chairman,WCS of JAINA) at firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate on-line, click here Donate Online
Non-violence, the importance of relationship-building, and religious harmony, were key themes of the Federation of Jain Associations
in North America’s (JAINA) Legislative Conference held from October 6-7
in Washington, D.C. The themes of the two-day conference were Peace,
Harmony and Non-Violence. The conference was supported by the American
Jewish Committee (AJC) and the American Association of Physicians of
Indian Origin (AAPI). JAINA is an umbrella organization that represents
over 150,000 Jains and 70 Jain organizations throughout North America.
President Obama talks about Lord Mahavira and wishes Jains "Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak"
President Obama said "in Jainism
this occasion celebrates the attainment of Nirvana by Lord Mahavira -
one of the long lines of spiritual leaders known for achieving
enlightenment by freeing themselves of base human impulses and emotions
" (click here to see the video on YouTube) "Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak"
said President Obama. It was an honor to represent nearly 150 thousand
Jains on October 14th, 2009 while President Obama lit the White House
Diya and signed an Executive Order to the effec
said Dr. Sushil Jain, JAINA's First VP. Mr. "Row" Khanna, senior most
White House Official and Mr. Kalpen Modi, Associate Director of White
House Outreach Program, expressed their interest in learning more about
JAINA over a lunch in the near future. I think JAINA's Legislative
Conference, involvement and presentation by White House staff lead to
including "Jains" in to this executive order and thank you to all JAINA
members for supporting initiatives of this nature said Dr. Jain. Mr.
Kalpen Modi and his staff did a fantastic job of organizing this
event. Dr. Sushil Jain with Kal Penn (famous actor who is now an associate director in the White House office of public liaison)
Welcome to JAINA's new website and membership portal !
the latest web technology, this site offers you not just information
about JAINA but allows you to safely connect and communicate with
various JAINA committees,groups, members, directors, and executive
being a new website, we would appreciate your feedback with regards to
ease of use, information content and its organization. Please use Contact Us button on top of this page to provide your comments.
are ample resources for you to learn, practice, enjoy, and share Jain
Dharma and Way of Life with your family members and friends. Now Jain
Centers can have their own blogs, news, registration, and membership
directory on this JAINA/JainLink portal. To learn more, click here.
The team is comprised of both Local Jain Center and JAINA leaders. The following are the active team members. If
you would like to get in touch with them, search for their name in
JAINA.org search and send them an email or just click on Contact Us.If
you would like to join this team, a minimum commitment of 5 hours a
month is required with strength in writing, internet applications, and
above all a passion to Live and Share a Jain Way of Life.
Vora – Past JCGBoston President, Past Head of NA Jain Directory,
Co-Chair of JAINA Technology Committee (email@example.com) (MA) Yogendra Jain – VP-JAINA NorthEast and Chairman of JAINA/Long Range Planning Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) (MA) Paulomi Gudka - Past YJA and YJP Leadership, (email@example.com) (MA) News, Events, Jain Digest: Pooja Jain - News and Events, (CT) Database Integration: Robin Kothari (MA) JAINA eDigest: Chetan Sanghvi - Jain eDigest Editor (CA) Vimal Shah - JAINA eDigest (CA) Heena Nandu - JAINA eDigest (CA) JAIN Networking Forum Committee: Sunil Jain - Chicago Jain Center (JNF Committee Chair) (IL)
Ujjwal Jain - Jain Networking Forum (WI) Mohit Jain - Jain Networking Forum (MA/CA) JAINA Calendar Committee: Rajeev Pandya - Calendar Committee (NY) YJA (Young Jains of America) Naman Jain - YJA Co-Chair (MA) Sumeet Bhandari, YJA Board (AZ) YJP (Young Jain Professionals)
Suchita Gala - Board member (VA) Sejal Lakhani - Board member (NY) Rushabh Gudka - Board member (Canada) Facebook Integration
Jigar Vora (NY) Support and Integration: Girish Shah - Head of JAINA Technology Team (CA) Rupal Doshi (NY) Manish Mehta - VP-JAINA MidWest (JAINA Director Coordination) (MI) Preeti Jain - Training (CA)
Ashwin Mehta - JAINA Hq Director (Content, News, Event) (NY) Hemant Shah – Chicago Jain Center(IL)
Sudhanshu Jain – Northern Calif. Jain Center (CA) Jain Studies - Dr. Sulekh Jain (JAINA founder, Former President, Chairman of Jain Studies program) (TX)
Celebrated on the new-moon day of Kartik, Mahavir attained Nirvana
(attained liberation). Mahavir discarded the body and the bondage of
karmas that night at Pavapuri. The celebration involves fasting, recitals
of hymns and reading of Uttaradhyayan Sutra, which contains the final message
of Lord Mahavir. In the early morning of the first day of the new year,
Gandhar Gautam Swami, the first disciple of Lord Mahavir, attained absolute
enlightenment. Click here to read on life and teachings of Mahavir.
See if you can take some time off from work or go to work late and
visit your temple on the morning of Oct. 28th, 2008. Also,
please invite local college students to your home for Diwali puja, festivities,
and of course dinner!
Welcome to JainLink
Jain on-line community has been developed in collaboration with JAINA,
Jain Centers, YJA, YJP, and many other Jain organizations.
you can network with other members, stay up-to-date with news, find out
about upcoming events, visit your group home pages, submit notes and
photos, maintain your personal profile page, and much more!