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JAINA Newsletter: Symposium on Jainism and Mathematics, ISSJS Programs 2020, Tapovan Sanskar ...
1. PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Jai Jinendra!

JAINA and Jain Center of Greater Boston are working hard to welcome you at the Symposium on Jainism & Mathematics event in Boston. Also, we have extended the registration date until May 20, 2020! To attend the event, please find details below.

International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) 2020 is offering a unique opportunity to learn Non-violence & Jainism in India with its four-weeks and six-weeks teaching program. The extended date of application is till March 31, 2020. Details given below.

On January 24, Tapovan Sanskar Pith students welcomed US President Donald Trump at Jain Capital of the World, Ahmedabad. Read more details below.

The Jain International Trade Organization (JITO) USA is delighted to invite you to the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Workshop hosted by Jain Center of New Jersey. See the details below.

Sincerely,
Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President
2. THE WRITE UO COVAID-19 IS WONDERFUL WHO WROTE IT
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the risk of getting COVID-19 in the U.S. is currently low. Some people who have traveled to places where many people have gotten sick with COVID-19 may be monitored by health officials in the US to protect their health and the health of other people in the community.

JAINA would like to urge anyone who has symptoms of severe to moderate cold, cough, combined with fever, etc. to refrain from visiting their Temple / Center facilities until the symptoms are resolved. These cautions will prevent spreading of germs.

There are simple things you can do to help protect yourself and others:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • If the sickness prolongs more then a few days, seek the advice from a Physician.
  • Click Here to View the Latest Guidelines from the CDC
3. SYMPOSIUM ON JAINISM & MATHEMATICS: ANCIENT WISDOM MEETS THE MODERN AGE
The Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) and Jain Center of Greater Boston (JCGB) cordially invite you to attend this first of its kind, historic and unique symposium 'Ancient Wisdom Meets the Modern Age' on June 20 -21, 2020 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston.

To attend the symposium, please register at www.jainmath.org/registration. The last day for the registration is May 20, 2020. The registration fee for the symposium is $50/person and $15/each for full-time students for both the days. More details on registration.

For invited scholars, all travel, visa, boarding, and lodging expenses will be arranged and paid by us. However, your individual registration at www.jainmath.org/registration is required.

For more information on the event, please visit jainmath.org. Kindly contact us at magnuseng@comcast.net for additional information.

Read about the Symposium here.
4. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FOR JAIN STUDIES - SUMMER PROGRAMS 2020
International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) 2020 is giving a unique opportunity to learn Non-violence & Jainism in India. For the last 15 years, every summer, ISSJS has been offering these courses regularly in India.

The Programs are designed for undergraduate and graduate students, Post-Doctoral Fellows, full-time faculty and High School Teachers with an interest in the Jain Studies and ahimsa (nonviolence). The three, four and six-week-long, stand-alone and separate intensive courses in ISSJS 2020 will entail morning lectures, afternoon field trips, visits to some schools, time in a few ancient cities and meetings with Jain professionals, monks and nuns.

Following programs are being offered for 2020 summers:
  1. ISSJS 2020 4-week program from June 26 to July 24
  2. ISSJS 2020 6-week program from June 26 to August 06
  3. ISSJS 2020 Teaching for Peace program from July 08 to July 29
The application date is extended till March 31, 2020. For summer programs and application details visit: www.isjs.in/programs. For details on ISJS visit: www.isjs.in.
5. TAPOVAN STUDENT PERFORMED FOR US PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP AT JAIN CAPITAL OF THE WORLD - AHMEDABAD

Jain Capital of the World, Ahmedabad - Rajnagar gave a wonderful welcome to the Guest of Honor, President of the United States, Donald Trump, on 24 February 2020.

Tapovani Champions - students of Tapovan Sanskar Peeth - worked hard on the preparation for welcoming World Leaders. They performed various Cultural dances, Malkhams, Deepak Yoga, Indian Skills & Kartbas, Musical Harmony which was recognized and appreciated by all National and International news channels. The purpose of participating in the welcome ceremony and roadshow was to communicate and spread fundamental values of Indian Culture and Jainism like Non-Violence, Compassion, Vegetarianism, Live and Let Live, Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam, etc. Tapovan students gave an excellent performance on "Rashtra Raksha", Dharm Raksha" & "Sanskruti Raksha".

JAINA along with other organizations like Namo Namah Parivar, Jain Maha Sangh, Gurukulam had attended the event and gave the best message regarding our Heritage and Culture.
6. INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP
The Jain International Trade Organization (JITO) USA is delighted to invite you to the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Workshop.

The workshop gives an opportunity to network with highly successful Jain professionals, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and ambitious college students across the NY/NJ/CT Tristate area to connect under one common goal: The Success and Empowerment of Jain's across the USA. JITO USA aspires to learn from and replicate the success of the Jewish Community in America by networking, connecting, and supporting our Jain community in business, trade, education, and philanthropy.

Please join JITO for this event to bring an impactful change to our community and the future generations as well as the opportunity to Network and Learn from our highly accomplished Line-up of Speakers.

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Venue: Jain Center of New Jersey, Franklin Township, NJ

Kindly register along with your spouse. Please note the workshop has limited space. Registration closes on February 25, 2020, and is open to only 18 years and older. For more details visit www.jitousa.org.

JITO is a global organization that brings together a network of Jain professionals, business leaders, industrialists, and college students to achieve higher economic prosperity, enrich humanity, and cultivate social empowerment for the Jain community.
7. JAIN STORY: SULSA
Bhagwan Mahavir was once giving his discourses in Champanagari and he saw Ambad parivrajak (wandering monk) proceeding towards Rajgruhi. He stopped him and said, “On reaching Rajgruhi, tell Shravika Sulsa that Mahavir has wished her Dharmalabh”.

Ambad parivrajak started thinking about Sulsa and her piety and devoutness since Bhagwan Mahavir also held her in high esteem. He thought of testing her devoutness and assumed the form of Yati and asked for sachitta (living matter), but Sulsa remained unperturbed. Then he assumed the form of Brahma and the entire city gathered for his worship but Sulsa was her usual self, undisturbed. Next day parivrajak was Shiva incarnate, and on the third and fourth day, he was Vishnu and Tirthankar (builders of the ford) incarnate. Tirthankar is worshipped by sixty-four Indras and the parivrajak assumed the form of the twenty-fifth tirthankar.

8. YJA UPDATE
The last weekend, 40 Young Jains gathered in Saugutuck, Michigan for the annual #MidBEST Retreat. Sessions ranging from Rethinking Consciousness to exploring Stress and Veganism allowed attendees to start deeper conversations and explore topics that we directly and indirectly encounter every day. Activities ranged from friendly competitions of Bowling and a Bake-Off to late night rounds of Mafia and Antakshari.

The weekend flew by, but YJA knows the connections made, the knowledge gained, and the memories in 15 passenger van will resonate with them far beyond the weekend.
9. YJP UPDATE
As YJP approaches the one-year launch anniversary of YJP's quarterly magazine publication, YJPerspectives, YJP extends an invitation to an appreciation dinner to their readers and members. This event will include some light programming. Business formal or semi-formal attire is encouraged.

Date: Thursday, March 12th
Time: 8:30PM - 10PM
Location: Xyst, 44W 17th St, New York, NY 10011
Cost: A la carte menu, apprx. $20 - $40 / person

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) sponsors the annual Ellies awards. For those who have not heard of the Ellies, this can be equated to the "Oscars" for magazine publications. The event is attended by representatives of magazines of varying prestige, including Newsweek, National Geographic, Time, and Vogue to name a few. After nearly a year in circulation, YJPerspectives qualified for this prestigious awards program. The YJP Executive Board will be attending the Ellies awards ceremony, and the results will be relayed during this event as well!

For queries, write to communications@yjp.jaina.org.

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