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The Challenge(s) of Jainism | Webinar

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  • 1. Agenda Story on community Trends I’ve noticed Small Challenges Jainism faces Two Big Challenges What is “being Jain” about? Q&A
  • 2. Community Story For the first time in the US, Jain kids have a circle of Jain friends right from birth. Every temple has its own cool hang out spot
  • 3. Jains Are Everywhere Jains in business, education, non-profits, law, etc. More Jains in public sphere. This is a key change.
  • 4. Some Trends Less rituals, more questioning (people question and doubt much more than before. Maybe good for learning) Change in language used (language poll) Jains from India are taking more roles in temples - is this keeping more culture in the community? Jainism is a way of life- only individual level so far
  • 5. Small Challenges Will the religion continue without connection to Indian languages and thereby scripture? Who will take on leadership and when? What face will Jainism have in the future when our generation takes on full leadership of the Jain community?
  • 6. Two Big Challenges of Jainism The challenge of Jainism from my perspective is that Jainism is practiced largely on an individual level. (nonviolence example)  How will we make Jainism more than just a personal and individual level religion?  Will the mark be left outside of the Jain community?(Activist poll) Jainism IS changing whether we want it to or not. What changes is our generation going to be about?
  • 7. What is “being Jain” about? My thoughts  Living non-ascetic life. Lives in the ‘modern’ world.  Doing self reflection- meditation  Training one’s mind on reducing anger, ego, greed, deceit OR reducing attachment and aversion  Acting on principles: Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Aparigraha, Brahmacharya Not so concerned with (but not against):  Diet  Prescribed rituals
  • 8. Concluding Thoughts Our history outside of India is new. Jainism is growing and the Jain community is expanding in surprising ways. The Jain community has lot of talent and resources. Jainism is changing. I hope we take a direction in which our Jainism spreads beyond our immediate families into the communities and nation we are a part of.
  • 9. Q & A and Contact Contact me at hsrikis2@gmail.com if you want to talk about anything in the future.