Jainism Selected Links

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Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINAThe Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) is an umbrella organization encompassing the approximately 60 Jain centers in the United States and Canada. Since its first meeting in 1981, JAINA has held conventions every two years in various...)
Umbrella organization of over fifty-five Jain centers across North America; publications include the quarterly print magazine, Jain Digest, and the monthly online newsletter, JAINA Spectrum.

International MahaviraMahavira is the religious seer whose teachings of compassion and renunciation have formed the basis of the Jain tradition. Mahavira, regarded as the last of the 24 Tirthankaras of the present age, is said to have been born in the 6th century BCE in modern... Jain Mission and SiddhachalamThe International Mahavir Jain Mission is an organization founded by Acharya Sushil Kumar in 1975 to facilitate communication among Jain centers around the world. It has its headquarters at Siddhachalam, the Jain retreat center in Blairstown, New Jersey.
Located in Blairstown, New Jersey, Siddhachalam is the only Jain pilgrimage site outside of India.

Jain Center of New Jersey
This community describes itself as “a citadel of JainismThe term Jain or Jaina refers to the tradition of the Jinas, the “victorious ones” who have won spiritual liberation, and to those who follow it. The Jain tradition as we know it dates back some 2500 years to the life of the teacher Mahavira, said to ... in the United States.”

Jain Center of Northern California
Founded in 1973, this community opened the Jain Bhawan in 2000; all of the Jain traditions are united in this landmark templeA temple is a house of worship, a sacred space housing the deity or central symbol of the tradition. The Temple in Jerusalem was the holy place of the Jewish people until its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE; now the term “temple” is used by th. Ref... in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley.

Jain Center of Southern California
Established in 1979 in Buena Park, California; the center’s web site includes streaming audio and video files.

Jain MeditationToday the most widely practiced method of Jain meditation involves sitting or standing completely still for 48 minutes, letting go of all passions and negative mental attitudes, thereby attaining a sense of equanimity (samayika). Another technique is prek... International Center
New York-based organization established by Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanu.

Jain Study CircleIn some Pagan traditions, a “circle” refers to the people who gather for a ritual. When standing in a circle, all the participants are able to see each other, with no one member elevated over any other. This practice is often felt to encourage egalita...
Publishers of The Jain Study Circular, a quarterly magazine on Jainism; the site is also a resource for books and other educational materials.

Jainism: Jain Principles, Tradition and Practices
Extensive resource for sacred texts, pilgrimage places, history, philosophy and news; offers hundreds of links to other web sites related to Jainism.

Online resource for educational articles and other reference materials.

Billed as the “Jainism Global Resource Center”; the site provides extensive educational resources.

An online encyclopedia of the Jains; all content is written collaboratively.

Young Jain Professionals
A networking organization that endeavors to “increase the awareness and understanding of Jain principles and heritage.”

Young Jains of AmericaYoung Jains of America was formed in 1989 during the fifth biennial convention of JAINA. YJA held its first national convention in Chicago in 1994 and plans to hold such conventions biennially. In addition to organizing conferences, YJA also encourages Ja...
An umbrella organization created in the hopes of “establishing a network to share Jain heritage and religion through youth;” publishes YoungMinds.