Jainism

Adherent of Jainism Fasts for More Than a Month, Setting a Bartlett Temple Record

September 15, 2008

Author: Russell Working

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-jain-fast-15-sep15,0,745050.story

For more than a month, the only thing Eva Mehta put in her body was water, and never after dark.

At times, the 17-year-old was so weak and nauseated that her parents had to use a wheelchair to bring her from their van to their Jain temple in Bartlett. When the hunger pangs hit hard,...

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Indian Spiritual Leader Felicitated in California

September 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Indian Express

http://www.indianexpress.com/story/358117.html

An Indian spiritual leader has been honoured for his work on peace, spiritualism and religious tolerance by a US state of California.

Jain muni Lokprakash Lokesh, founder of Ahimsa Vishva Bharti, who recently undertook a global peace march to promote religious harmony and peace, was presented ‘Key of the City’ by the Mayor Joe Esteves of...

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New Jain Temple and Cultural Complex in Southern California Opens

September 4, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Jain Center of Southern California

http://www.emediaworld.com/press_release/release_detail.php?id=157011

The Jain Center of Southern California (JCSC) today announces its eleven-day cultural and spiritual event for the inauguration of their brand new Derasar (temple) and Aradhana (meditation and reflection hall) on September 26 to October 6, 2008 in Buena Park, California. This event will mark a...

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Jain Society of Greater Atlanta’s Temple Project

June 16, 2008

Author: Mahadev Desai

Source: NRIPulse

http://www.nripulse.com/CityNews/JainTempleProject.html

Atlanta’s Jain Community, which practices Jainism, is a very close knit, progressive, vibrant and well-respected community, whose members have excelled in many fields and have contributed significantly to Georgia’s economy as well as to its cultural diversity. The subcontinent of India, a cradle of civilization is also the birthplace of...

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A Jain Hospital Exclusively for Birds

May 20, 2008

Author: D.N. Jha

Source: Meri News

http://www.merinews.com/catFull.jsp?articleID=134328

THE JAINS, who constitute hardly one per cent of the country’s population, continue to adhere to the tenets of their religion. The bird hospital in Chandini Chowk is just one example of the lofty principles that they are devoted to. It also reflects their belief in freedom of all living beings, no matter how small or insignificant they are.

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US Hindu Leaders Defend Their Meeting with Pope

April 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sify News

http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14651007

Most Hindu leaders in the US have decided to attend an inter-faith meeting with the Pope, who is visiting the country, even as some religious groups plan protests against what they claim is aggressive proselytisation by certain Christian denominations.

Hindu and Jain leaders are among the 200 religious representatives attending the meeting called "Peace Our...

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Temple Tries Again to Secure Visas

March 19, 2008

Author: Russell Working

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/northwest/chi-jains_19mar19,0,2189445.story

Over the last 19 months, officials of the Jain temple in Bartlett have spent $35,000 on lawyers and fees in an attempt to import five skilled stonemasons from India to help assemble a new house of worship.

They sent a consultant to Delhi, built a chain-link fence around a stack...

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Gujarat to Withdraw Freedom of Religion Amendment Bill

March 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The TImes of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Gujarat_to_withdraw_Freedom_of_Religion_Amendment_Bill/articleshow/2848531.cms

The Gujarat government has decided to withdraw the controversial Freedom of Religion Amendment Bill 2006 after Governor Nawal Kishor Sharma returned it to the Assembly for reconsideration.

The bill will be...

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Leaders of Other Faiths to Meet Pope Benedict on US Trip

March 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Star Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/faith/16335451.html

Representatives of five non-Christian faiths will meet with Pope Benedict XVI during his first U.S. visit as pontiff next month.

The 45-minute event on April 17 at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington will include a papal address, greetings from the faith leaders and a...

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Valley Jain Community Breaks Ground on Spiritual Center

November 3, 2007

Author: Lawn Griffiths

Source: East Valley Tribune

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/101056

The first slab of marble has been laid in what the Valley’s Jain community believes can become America’s grandest Jain temple when it is dedicated in December 2008, with some 3,000 Jains from all over the world expected.

Through a majestic arch of pink sandstone, followers will pass into a spacious temple with floors of white marble,...

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Respect for All, Large and Small

October 4, 2007

Author: RUTH MARVIN WEBSTER

Source: North County Times

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007/10/05/faith/18_35_5010_4_07.txt

Every year as the rainy season comes to an end in India, Jains stop to celebrate their most important holiday, the Great Festival of Spiritual Awareness, or Payushan. Begun originally by monks who stayed in one place during the four months of the monsoon season, the festival is celebrated by Jains all over the...

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