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JAINISM       A Way of Life & A Religion     Jain Society Of Metropolitan Chicago          435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 6...
Agenda   Jainism   Jainism – A Religion   Jainism and World Religions   Jainism – A Way of Life   Jainism in USA   J...
Jainism              A Religion     Jain Society Of Metropolitan Chicago          435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103Phone...
What is Jainism?   Jainism is a way of life and one of the oldest religions of the world.   It believes in a cyclical na...
What are the Principles of Jainism?                                      5
What are Basic Philosophies of Jainism?   Jainism believes in Godhood but does not believe God to be the First    Cause. ...
What is the Karma Theory?   The principles governing the successions of life cycles    (birth, life, and death) is Karma....
Who Is Lord Mahavir?   Lord Mahavir - 24th (and final) Tirthankara   Born on March 30, 599 B.C. (about 2600 years ago) a...
Jain SymbolsPalm – signifies assurance; to      Digit of moon – (region of liberatedhave faith and change the path of   so...
Major Jain Religious Events Mahavir Jayanti – celebration of the birth of  Lord Mahavir Paryushan Parva – festival of fo...
Jain TemplesThe idols of the 24 Tirthankaras are the same because they represent the quality and virtues of the Tirthankar...
What does Jainism Teach about Ecology?                      Non-Possessiveness / AparigrahaEnvironmentalism      Self-re...
Jainism   and World Religions     Jain Society Of Metropolitan Chicago          435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103Phone: ...
World Religion“What holds one from falling from spiritual degeneration is religion.”                                      ...
Timeline                                                          Judaism  2600BC       2200BC                   1940sAD I...
External God & Internal Soul    Western:           Jainism:    God                Soul                                  16
Life Cycles      Western:                           Jainism:      Linearity of Life                  Cycle of Life        ...
Different Core – Similar Outcome Western Religions                       Eastern ReligionsExternal god controls you       ...
Jainism          A Way of Life     Jain Society Of Metropolitan Chicago          435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103Phone:...
Jain Beliefs               20
What is Daily Life of a Jain?   Code of Conduct for Monks & Nuns (stricter)   Code for Laymen and Laywomen   Vegetarian...
How Does Jainism Bring Change?                                 22
Multi Step Approach                      23
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Jainism                  In USA     Jain Society Of Metropolitan Chicago          435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103Phone...
Jainism in USA – History   Two events anticipated the future arrival of Jainism in the    United States    1.   The arriv...
Jainism in USA – Timeline   1850 - American Vegetarian Society established   1893 - Arrival of Virachand Gandhi to parti...
Jains in USA - Today        66 Jain Centers in USA        113,000 Approximate Jains in USA          (vs. 6 Million out o...
Jainism in USA - In 2020        EVOLVE             EXPAND    (Our Practices)   (Community Awareness)        EDUCATE       ...
JSMC                 Chicago     Jain Society Of Metropolitan Chicago          435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103Phone: (...
JSMC - History   1969        Inception of the idea of organizing a Jain Society in Chicago                (Mr. & Mrs. Sol...
Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago                     “JSMC”   A non-profit tax exempt organization registered in Stat...
The Purpose of JSMC   Increase the awareness of the principles of Jainism.   Achieve the unity of all Jains.   Provide ...
The Mission of JSMC   To offer a trustworthy and structured ground for    projecting a common voice of all Jains for    ...
JSMC’s Vision for the Future   Establish an inspiring Jain lifestyle that     Focuses on youth involvement     Boasts t...
JSMC – In 2020              Digambar             JSMC JAINSStanakvasi                 Terapanthi               Svetambar  ...
JSMC – Temple                37
JSMC      Expansion Project     Jain Society Of Metropolitan Chicago          435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103Phone: (6...
JSMC Expansion Project - Scope   Upper Level      78,000 Sq Ft of State of the Art Facility      Expanded Temple with A...
JSMC Expansion Project - Scope              Lower Level                8 New Pathshala Class Rooms                Teach...
JSMC Expansion Project - Status   $9.5 Million Expansion Project Launched – 2005   Jain Center Construction Expansion – ...
For More Information   Jain Center of Chicago www.jsmconline.org   BBC Website    http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religion...
Thank You     Jain Society Of Metropolitan Chicago          435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103Phone: (630) 837-1077      ...
About JSMC   Founded in 1970, the Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago (JSMC) is a non-profit tax exempt organization    ...
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  1. 1. JAINISM A Way of Life & A Religion Jain Society Of Metropolitan Chicago 435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103Phone: (630) 837-1077 Website: www.jsmconline.org 1
  2. 2. Agenda Jainism Jainism – A Religion Jainism and World Religions Jainism – A Way of Life Jainism in USA JSMC Chicago JSMC Expansion Project Q&A 2
  3. 3. Jainism A Religion Jain Society Of Metropolitan Chicago 435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103Phone: (630) 837-1077 Website: www.jsmconline.org 3
  4. 4. What is Jainism? Jainism is a way of life and one of the oldest religions of the world. It believes in a cyclical nature of universe. It discourages superstition and blind faith and encourages free and rational thinking. Jainism lays heavy emphasis on non-violence (ahimsa) and discipline. According to Jain philosophy, all Tirthankaras were born as human beings but they have attained a state of perfection or enlightenment through meditation and self realization. They are the “Gods” of Jains. Jains have always practiced non-violence, vegetarianism, meditation, yoga, and environmentalism. 4
  5. 5. What are the Principles of Jainism? 5
  6. 6. What are Basic Philosophies of Jainism? Jainism believes in Godhood but does not believe God to be the First Cause. God is not a Creator, Preserver or Destroyer of the universe. “God” does not Punish or Reward  Each person is responsible for improving life by one’s self-endeavor  Each person is capable of achieving Godhood All Living Beings have Souls & are Equal  All life is sacred  Therefore, living in peace & harmony is essential Equality Elimination of our Karmas is the Path to Liberation & Achievement of Godhood  It requires multiple re-births Ultimate Goal of Life  To be free from all karma 6
  7. 7. What is the Karma Theory? The principles governing the successions of life cycles (birth, life, and death) is Karma.  The Theory of Karma is founded on the simple law of cause and effect. What we experience now is the result of our own past action and our future is a function of our own choice and making.  Explains the role that karmas play in our lives, how we accumulate karmas, and how we get rid of them.  Actions of mind, speech, and body bind us with karma and our intentions and the passions determine the duration, strength and the results of the bondage. 7
  8. 8. Who Is Lord Mahavir? Lord Mahavir - 24th (and final) Tirthankara Born on March 30, 599 B.C. (about 2600 years ago) as a prince in Bihar, India. He attained nirvana in the year 527 B.C. at the age of 72. The ultimate objective of his teaching is how one can attain the total freedom from the cycle of birth, life, and death, and achieve the permanent blissful state (known as liberation, nirvana, absolute freedom, or Moksha.) He shaped the present form of Jainism. Lord Mahavir envisioned men and women to be on equal footing in the matters of spiritual advancement. 8
  9. 9. Jain SymbolsPalm – signifies assurance; to Digit of moon – (region of liberatedhave faith and change the path of souls)righteousness. Three dots – (Right Perception/Faith,Wheel of Dharma – 24 spokes Right Knowledge, and Right Conduct)represent the 24 Tirthankaras. Overall meaning – After removing allThe word inside the wheel is of their karmas, living beings will resideahimsa. in the world of liberated souls. 9
  10. 10. Major Jain Religious Events Mahavir Jayanti – celebration of the birth of Lord Mahavir Paryushan Parva – festival of forgiveness Samvatsari Pratikraman – 3 hour prayer to ask for forgiveness Mahavir Nirvan – celebration at Diwali/New Year’s per the lunar calendar 10
  11. 11. Jain TemplesThe idols of the 24 Tirthankaras are the same because they represent the quality and virtues of the Tirthankaras, not the physical body. A unique symbol at the bottom of each idol differentiates them. For example, Lord Mahavirs idol is recognized by the symbol of a lion. 11
  12. 12. What does Jainism Teach about Ecology?  Non-Possessiveness / AparigrahaEnvironmentalism  Self-restraint is the second most important Jain principle.  Minimizing consumption provides respect for others’ life and environment.  Reuse / Recycle Products – Do not waste the gifts of nature.  Share resources.  Nature provides enough for our NEED, but not enough for our GREED. 12
  13. 13. Jainism and World Religions Jain Society Of Metropolitan Chicago 435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103Phone: (630) 837-1077 Website: www.jsmconline.org 13
  14. 14. World Religion“What holds one from falling from spiritual degeneration is religion.” 14
  15. 15. Timeline Judaism 2600BC 2200BC 1940sAD Israel Abraham Exodus from Egypt Christianity 30BC Christ Islam 571AD MohammedBeginning-less / Endless Jainism 557BC, Mahavir Buddhism 483BC Gautam BuddhaBeginning-less / Endless Hinduism 15
  16. 16. External God & Internal Soul Western: Jainism: God Soul 16
  17. 17. Life Cycles Western: Jainism: Linearity of Life Cycle of Life heaven nirvana cycle of life/deathbirth: death enlightenmentpure state hell elimination of karmic bondage 17
  18. 18. Different Core – Similar Outcome Western Religions Eastern ReligionsExternal god controls you God is the soul within youReligion/philosophy/science separate Religion and philosophy are intertwinedLinear nature of life/death Cyclic nature of life/death - nirvanaAs you sow so you reap on Karma determines your next lifejudgment day 18
  19. 19. Jainism A Way of Life Jain Society Of Metropolitan Chicago 435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103Phone: (630) 837-1077 Website: www.jsmconline.org 19
  20. 20. Jain Beliefs 20
  21. 21. What is Daily Life of a Jain? Code of Conduct for Monks & Nuns (stricter) Code for Laymen and Laywomen Vegetarianism & Non-Violent Practices  No Silk, Leather, Animal Products  Simplicity of Lifestyle, Non-Materialism Meditation and Introspection Forgiveness is a Moral Doctrine Compassion, Charity & Community Service Preservation of the Environment  Jainism is the World’s Only Religion Emphasizing the Environment 21
  22. 22. How Does Jainism Bring Change? 22
  23. 23. Multi Step Approach 23
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  25. 25. Jainism In USA Jain Society Of Metropolitan Chicago 435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103Phone: (630) 837-1077 Website: www.jsmconline.org 25
  26. 26. Jainism in USA – History Two events anticipated the future arrival of Jainism in the United States 1. The arrival of Virachand Gandhi in 1893 at Chicagos World Parliament of Religions. He is therefore, considered the father of American Jainism. 2. The construction of a "Jain temple" at the St. Louis Worlds Fair in 1904-1905. Jainism inspired Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent struggle for India’s independence from Britain. Dr. M. L. King (USA) and Nelson Mandela (S. Africa) applied the first principle of Jainism (ahimsa/non- violence) in Civil Rights struggles 26
  27. 27. Jainism in USA – Timeline 1850 - American Vegetarian Society established 1893 - Arrival of Virachand Gandhi to participate in Chicagos World Parliament of Religions 1904 - Jain Temple at St. Louis Worlds Fair 1944 - First Jain settlers in USA 1966 - Jain Center of America in New York established 1973 - Jain Center of Greater Boston established 1981 - First Jain convention in Los Angeles 1983 - Formal organization of JAINA (Jain Associations in North America) 1991 - Founding of Siddhachalam, the Jain Tirtha 1993 - Temple Pratishtha, Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago 2000 - Jain Vishwa Bharati Orlando 2002 - Jain population estimated to be about 100,000 27
  28. 28. Jains in USA - Today  66 Jain Centers in USA  113,000 Approximate Jains in USA (vs. 6 Million out of 1.1 Billion people in India)  $26 Billions Assets  $4.2 Billions Estimated Collective Total Income of NA Jains  Today there are Jain centers in 25 of the 50 U.S. states  Refer to Harvard Pluralism Projects Directory of Religious CentersWhy is “Jain” sometimes spelled “Jaina”?Words often have an inherent “a” (pronounced ‘uh’ as in ‘under’) sound at the end of them. Though English is notvery particular about this sound (many English words are not pronounced phonetically), Indian languages are veryparticular about sound. Thus, the word “Jain”, spelled in Hindi or Gujarati, does contain the inherent “a” sound atthe end. In order to negate this sound, a special marker is placed under the particular letter. Therefore, to translatethe word “Jain” from Prakrit or Sanskrit, it may be spelled with our without the “a”, simply because when spoken, itdoes contain an “a” sound at the end. 28
  29. 29. Jainism in USA - In 2020 EVOLVE EXPAND (Our Practices) (Community Awareness) EDUCATE ENERGIZE (Impact trends) (Our organization) in Ja ers t C en Jain JAINA JA I N CentersNA s NAJai A Jains n 29
  30. 30. JSMC Chicago Jain Society Of Metropolitan Chicago 435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103Phone: (630) 837-1077 Website: www.jsmconline.org 30
  31. 31. JSMC - History 1969 Inception of the idea of organizing a Jain Society in Chicago (Mr. & Mrs. Solanki) 1970 Adopted the Constitution for the purpose of JSMC on Jan 11, 1970 1983 Organization of the Federation of Jain Associations In North America (JAINA) 1988 Purchased 15.4 acres of land for the Jain Center 1992/1993 Opening Ceremonies of the Jain Temple / Jain Community Center 1995/2001 JAINA Conventions hosted by JSMC in Chicago 2008 Approximately 1,500 member families 2008 YJA Convention will be held in Lincolnshire, IL Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago 435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103 (630) 837-1077 / 1088 31
  32. 32. Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago “JSMC” A non-profit tax exempt organization registered in State of Illinois and operating under IRC Title 26 U.S.C. § 501(c), Section 501(c)(3) status Largest membership representation of the Jain Centers in North America Member of the Federation of Jain Associations In North America (JAINA) Built the 1st significant Jain Temple of North America on 15.4 acre property For further information, visit www.jsmconline.org.   32
  33. 33. The Purpose of JSMC Increase the awareness of the principles of Jainism. Achieve the unity of all Jains. Provide a platform wherefrom to project the voice of Jain religion. Promote the feeling of amity and brotherhood among Jains and to promote inter-faith understanding. Fulfill social, cultural, educational and economic needs of the Jain community. Establish communications between scholars of Jain philosophy and members of the Society. Celebrate Jain festivals and holidays. 33
  34. 34. The Mission of JSMC To offer a trustworthy and structured ground for projecting a common voice of all Jains for  Promoting principles of Jain religion  Providing Jain education to the community  Celebrating Jain social and cultural events in a manner that is compassionate, vibrant, & dynamic. In doing so, the organization shall execute its affairs ethically based on a sound infrastructure and responsible conduct, while creating a sustainable financial position. 34
  35. 35. JSMC’s Vision for the Future Establish an inspiring Jain lifestyle that  Focuses on youth involvement  Boasts the highest membership among Jain centers outside of India  Demonstrates having a positive impact on every stakeholder  Grows financially to a stable and sustainable debt-free position  Becomes a “can’t live without” for the community  Attracts visitors as a “must visit” place on Chicago’s list 35
  36. 36. JSMC – In 2020 Digambar JSMC JAINSStanakvasi Terapanthi Svetambar Deravasi JAINA 36
  37. 37. JSMC – Temple 37
  38. 38. JSMC Expansion Project Jain Society Of Metropolitan Chicago 435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103Phone: (630) 837-1077 Website: www.jsmconline.org 38
  39. 39. JSMC Expansion Project - Scope Upper Level  78,000 Sq Ft of State of the Art Facility  Expanded Temple with Additional 1,100 Sq Ft  Larger Rang Mandap, Larger Pooja Room, New Storage Room  New Prayer Hall and Stage  Double the Previous Capacity to 1,500 People  Nursery Room  Conference Rooms  Expanded Coat and Shoe Areas  Expanded Restrooms / Showers  Larger Reception and Offices 39
  40. 40. JSMC Expansion Project - Scope  Lower Level  8 New Pathshala Class Rooms  Teachers Lounge  Expanded Library Facility  Larger Modern Kitchen  Expanded Dining Hall  Medical / First Aid Room  Youth Room  Fitness Center  2 Elevators and Stairways 40
  41. 41. JSMC Expansion Project - Status $9.5 Million Expansion Project Launched – 2005 Jain Center Construction Expansion – 2005 / 2007  The Community Center expansion substantially complete ($6.5 million)  Will require expanded audio/video system, stage curtains, stage lighting, and other furnishings ($1.5 million) Jain Temple Construction Expansion – 2008 / 2009  Temple reconstruction remains unfinished pending marble work requiring availability of skilled marble craftsmen (artisans) that are expert in temple- related marble work ($1.5 million)  Targeted completion 2009 41
  42. 42. For More Information Jain Center of Chicago www.jsmconline.org BBC Website http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/jainism/index.shtml http://www.cs.colostate.edu/~malaiya/jainhlinks.html www.jainworld.com www.jainstudy.org www.jaina.org Over 1.5 Million Google References 42
  43. 43. Thank You Jain Society Of Metropolitan Chicago 435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103Phone: (630) 837-1077 Website: www.jsmconline.org 43
  44. 44. About JSMC Founded in 1970, the Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago (JSMC) is a non-profit tax exempt organization registered in State of Illinois and operating under IRC Title 26 U.S.C. § 501(c), Section 501(c)(3) status. JSMC has a membership of about 1,500 families, the largest membership representation of the Jain Centers in North America. JSMC is a proud member of the Federation of Jain Associations In North America (JAINA) and has a distinctive honor of having built in 1992 the 1st significant Jain Temple of North America on 15.4 acre property it owns in Bartlett, Illinois. The primary purpose of JSMC is to provide a temple for religious services and a community center for social, cultural, educational and economic needs of the Jain community. Other objectives of JSMC are to increase the awareness of the principles of Jainism, achieve the unity of all Jains, provide a platform wherefrom to project the voice of Jain religion, promote the feeling of amity and brotherhood among Jains and to promote inter-faith understanding, establish communications between scholars of Jain philosophy and members of the Society, and celebrate Jain festivals and holidays.  For Further Information please visit www.jsmconline.org or contact:   Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago 435 N. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103 (630) 837-1077 / 1088 Mr. Dipak Doshi Mr. Hemant Shah Chairman of the Board of Trustees Membership Secretary (847) 420-9025 (847) 977-5462
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