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1. PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


Jai Jinendra!

JAINA Education Committee has taken a great initiative to create a blog that addresses challenging questions about our religion and is intended to enrich the experience in practicing Jainism. Details are below.

Last 5 days to participate in the JAINA essay writing competition. Send your entries at jainahq@jaina.org. More details are given below.

Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington represented the Jain religion at the 2019 Martin Luther King multi-faith commemorative event organized by the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington on April 7th. Details are below.

Tapovan Sanskar Pith brings the NRI Shibir for kids. This is the 7th year where kids will attend the Shibir from across the globe. Encourage the kids around you to participate. Details are below.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President
05-11-2019




2. QUOTE


He who knows the internal, knows the external and he who knows the external, knows the internal.

- Saman Suttam



3. JAINA EDUCATION COMMITTEE


JAINA Education Committee has created a blog that addresses challenging questions about our religion and is intended to enrich the experience in practicing Jainism.

The purpose of this blog is to address questions that have been collected by the JAINA Education Committee over the last 10+ years. These questions have been raised by the youth and professionals to their pathshala teachers, parents and/or Jain scholars. There is a wide range of questions from, basic to complex ones that involve experiences of modern times on various topics like - Ahimsa, Rituals, Environmental impact, Women Equality, Social Issues, Cleanliness, Health and Medicines, Profession/Business, Penance, Philosophy, Literature, and many others.

To address these questions, the JAINA Education Committee formed a diverse team with members from various backgrounds and from different geographic locations within America.

JAINA will publish those question - answer in JAINA newsletter from the next newsletter. Stay tuned.

Read more about the blog here




4. JAINA ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION - JAINISM IN THE 21st CENTURY


Do you think following Jainism in the 21st Century is different from earlier? What are the advantages? What can we improve as a community? Tell us everything about your idea of Jainism in the 21st Century. Last five days to submit your entries for JAINA essay writing competition Please send your entries to jainahq@jaina.org by May 15, 2019. The best story will be published in our newsletter and at www.jaina.org.

  1. Age: No bar
  2. Articles should be in English language and a maximum of 400 words long in a word file.
  3. Writing style must be clear and easy to understand.
  4. Please write your name, address and phone number along with the story. An essay is welcomed from anywhere in the world.


5. JAINS REPRESENTED AT THE 2019 MARTIN LUTHER KING MULTI-FAITH COMMEMORATIVE EVENT




Sara Jain of Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington represented the Jain religion at the 2019 Martin Luther King Multi-Faith Commemorative Event organized by the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington on April 7th at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. The event was well attended by several dignitaries in the DC region and several faiths.

Sara, representing Jainism, said, "According to the Jain faith, one can achieve inner peace by conquering and denying one’s vices. In order to attain equanimity, however, one must practice nonviolence towards all souls in thought, word, and deed. This creates a ripple effect which will leave an impression of peace and happiness on the whole community. As Martin Luther King Jr. himself once said, “violence never brings permanent peace,” rather, “living together as brothers” was the path to true unity." After her speech, the congregation recited, "In order to create an interconnected and harmonious world, one must first achieve inner peace by practicing nonviolence in all forms."

Such events bring awareness about the Jainism in the broader community. We are proud of our youth for representing and spreading Jainism.



6. TAPOVAN NRI SHIBIR 2019 - FOR KIDS


Tapovan NRI Shibir aims to impart Jain values and sanskar to our NRI kids.This is the 7th year of the Shibir where the kids will be coming across the globe. Please encourage the kids around you to participate in Tapovan NRI Shibir 2019 - an exclusive event for NRI Kids. Register today as limited seats are available.

Shibir Dates: 14 July to 21 July, 2019
Age Groups: Group 1: Boys (7 Years to 12 Years), Group 2: Boys (12 Years to 18 Years), Group 3: Girls (7 Years to 12 Years)
Venue: Tapovan Sanskarpith, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
Registration: https://forms.gle/ovuWbx1qh2rEHCHdA
Brochure: http://tapovansanskarpith.org/docs/NRIBrochure.pdf



7. JAIN CENTER NEWS




More than 600 Jains in the Washington DC Metropolitan area attended the Mahavir Janma Kalyanak 2019 celebrations at Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington (JSMW) on April 27th, 2019. The program started with Navkar Mantra by the JSMW pathshala students and the teachers. A variety of beautiful dances, skits, a creative Jain rap song, and other fusion mixes were performed about the life of Mahavir Bhagwan, his teachings, the struggle in our daily lives between 'Paap and Punya', 'Good vs. Evil'. The students demonstrated about the Jain religion, the Leshyas, the way of life, how to minimize our Karmas, and how our life is affected by our actions.

A proclamation was presented to JSMW by Ms. Christina Poy, Director of the Governor's Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, on behalf of the Governor of Maryland in recognition of Mahavir Janma Kalyanak. The cultural program was followed by Swami Vatsalya Bhojan.



8. YJP UPDATE




On April 28, 2019, YJP Toronto celebrated and volunteered at the annual Mahavir Jayanti program at the Jain Society of Toronto. The group served food, helped with cleaning and event management, and expanded its presence through community service.

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