See update 1 Sept 1998

Jain Workshop (Short Term Course in Jainism)

The Jain Study Center of North Carolina and Federation of Jaina is proud
to present the first Jain workshop (short-term course in Jainism) for Pathshala Teachers and other interested adults during the Thanksgiving holiday from Thursday, November 26, 1998 to Sunday, November 29, 1998(4days/3nights).

During the workshop adults will learn the fundamental principles ofJainism, Jain philosophy, Jain ethics, Jain rituals, Jain literature,Jain history, Jain cosmology, Comparative religions, and the application of Jainsm to daily life. Details of the program will be published later.

Also, we are in the process of compiling a list of most frequently askedquestions by youths. The answers to these questions will be discussedduring the workshop. Please forward any youth's questions you may have to one of the committee members. The aim of this workshop is to educate and prepare Jain Pathshala Teachers, however, the workshop is open to all interested adults. The maximum number of participants we can accommodate in the workshop is 40. The workshop will be held at the Radisson Governors Inn in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The registration fee for the workshop is only $100, which covers lodging (three nights of hotel accommodation), food, transportation from and to the airport, and all the material that will be given at the workshop.

We estimate the total cost of the workshop will be about $8000. We needto generate $4000 in contribution. Any monetary or other kind of help is welcome. Your contribution is tax deductible in the USA.

We are looking forward to your participation in the workshop. Pleasefill in the registration form (attached below) and send it to one of the following committee members.

If you have any suggestions or input to help make this event successful,please feel free to contact us.

Jain Workshop Organizing Committee Co-Chairpersons

Pravin Shah Madhuker A. Mehta

(919) 469 0956 (and fax) (919) 484 9597

[email protected] [email protected]


Registration Form

Committee Co-Chairpersons:

Pravin K. Shah 919-469-0956    [email protected]

Madhuker A. Mehta 919-484-9597 [email protected]



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Date 1 Sept 1998

Jain Education Workshop Preliminary Course Outline (version-1)

The following is the preliminary course outline of Jain workshop to be held during Thanks Giving holiday (November 26, 98 to November 29, 98) by Jain Study Center of North Carolina and the Federation of Jaina.

If you have any comment or suggestion, please let us know. For registration form and other detail, send e-mail to [email protected] or call the following chairpersons.

Jain Workshop Committee co-chairpersons

Pravin Shah 919-469-0956 [email protected]

Madhuker Mehta 919-484-9597 [email protected]



1. Fundamental Concept in Jainism:

Definition of Religion

Aim of Jainism

Basic assumptions used to derive Jain principles

Differences between Morality and Religion

Concepts of God (Arihant, Siddha, Tirthankar, Jina, Nirgranth)





Concept of Dravya (Substance)

Utpad (Origination)

Vyaya (Destruction)

Dhruva (Permanence)

Six Universal Substances

Living being, Matter, Space, Dharma, Adharma, and Time


2. Philosophy of Karma:

What is Karma?

Basic explanation of seven Tattvas (principles)

Living being,

Non-living being,

Ashrava (Influx of Karma)

Bandha (Bondage of Karma)

Samvar (Arrest of Karma)

Nirjara (Removal of Karma)

Moksha (Liberation)

Relationship between Soul and Karma

Its beginning, continuation, and the ending of relationship

How does Karma produce the result (rewards/punishes)

Understanding of Nimitta (apparent cause) and Upadan (real cause) of an event

Concept of Determination (Effort, Motivation) and Predestination

Does Jainism believe that all future events in the universe are Predestine?

3. Path of Liberation:

Definition of Jain trinity

Samyak Darshan (right faith)

Samyak Jnan (right knowledge)

Samyak Charitra (right conduct)

Jain Vows, Rules, and Reflections

Five great vows of an ascetic (monk/nun)

Twelve vows of a layperson

Five Samitis and Three Guptis

Ten Yati Dharma (Religious Observances)

Twelve Bhavna (Reflections)

Observances of twelve penances for removal of Karmas

4. Fourteen Gunsthanaks (Spiritual Stages):

Concept of Spiritual Stages

Explanation of fourteen spiritual stages

Bahiratma, Antaratma, and Paramatma stages

Upasam, Kshapak, and Kshyopsam shreni (ladders)

Rise and fall back from various stages

5. Anekantvad and Syadvad (Relativity of Viewpoints):

Basic concept of Anekantvad and Syadvad

Prerequisites to understand the concept


Cause and Effect relationship (Karya Karan relationship)

Five fundamental reasons for the happening of any event

Samay (Time)

Swabhav (Nature of a substance)

Niyati or Bhavitavyata (Predestination)

Karma (Prarabdha, Nashib)

Purusharth (Determination, Efforts)

Naya (one aspect of reality) and Praman (all aspects of reality)


Appropriate action depends on a person's Spiritual stage (Gunsthanak)

Nature of a substance is Anekantwad

Utpad (Origination)

Vyaya (Destruction)

Dhruva (Permanence)

Karma philosophy applies to oneself, Compassion applies to others

6. Jain Scriptures, Literature, and Sects:

Definition of Jain Agams (canonical literature)

Classification and contents of Agams

Ang, Upang, Chheda, Mool, Chulika, and Prakirna Sutras

History of Preservation of Canonical Literature

Content of the fourteen lost Purvas

Authors of Agams

Various views of the authenticity of Jain Agams

Developments of various Jain sects with historical backgrounds

Digambar, Swetambar, Sthanakvasi, Terapanthi

Differences and similarities of various sects

Commentary literature of Jain Agams

Niryukti, Bhashya, Churni, and Tika literature

Jain literature on various subjects

Literature of prominent Digambars and Swetambars Jain authors

7. Jain Geography:

Concept of Jain Universe

Explanation of fourteen Rajlok

Description and location of Hell, Heaven, Animal, and Human dwelling

Explanation of action (Karma) and non-action (Akarma) lands

Concept of Addhi dvip (Two and half islands) for human life

Location of Bharat, Airavat, and Mahavideh kshetras (lands)

Concept of Moon, Sun, Planets, and Stars as devas

8. Jain Rituals and Ceremonies

Six Essential Duties

Samayik, Chaturvimsati, Vanda, Pratikraman, Kayotsarga, Pratyakhan

Worship of Tirthankars

Five Auspicious Occasions (Panch Kalyanak)

Devapija Rituals (8 types of Puja)

Jain Holy Days

Pilgrimage to Holy Places

Annual Rite of Confession

Various types of Penances




9. Comparative Religions

Philosophies of the world religions

Summary of major religions

Comparative study between Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism

Comparison between Eastern and Western Religions

10. Jainism on High Tech

Various Jain Internet sites and their uniqueness

On Common Ground – Presentation of Harvard University CD

Jain Literature CD of Jaina Education Committee

Tatvarth Sutra Presentation by Boston Jain Center

Jain Discussion Groups on Internet

11. Discussion on Youths’ Questions

Are traditional rituals of India applicable to America?

What is the significance of traditional rituals (Pratikraman, Puja)?

Most of the adults perform Jain rituals without actually understanding them. Does it help?

Ghee boli (auctioning) of various religious occasions. Is it a religion act?

The purpose of drinking of boiled water during fasting

What is kand-mul? And why Jains do not eat them (Potato, Onion etc.)

Dairy product is not a Vegitarian product (animal product) why do we eat them?

Why eating of Dairy product is not prohibited in the scripture?

Why do we use milk, saffron (cruelty product) in Puja and other rituals

During decoration of Murti, why do we use silver / gold varakh?

Eggs are not fertile, why are we not allowed to eat?

To take a vow is necessary for penance?

Why certain days (Pancham, Aatham, Chaudas) in a month are more pious

than other days?

Paryushana/Das Laxana celebration time for America

Why certain rituals can not be performed by a woman

Should women go to the temple during their monthly period?

Jain views on Abortion, suicide, and the death penalty.

What is the role and status of women in Jainism?

Use of animals for medical research to cure deadly disease

How does Jainism view marriage, pre marital relationship, and other forms of relationship.

Negative Influence of Jainism

Carrier Limitation

Medical (Dissecting animals),

Farming (Digging grounds),

Army (Killing people)

No emphasis on physical exercise (Yoga)


No brushing of Teeth, No bath (ascetics)

Dispersing human waste on street (ascetics)

No brushing of teeth during fasting for (laypersons)

How can we claim Jainism is a scientific religion when our scriptures

claim that Earth is flat, not moving, and it is the center of the

universe. They also say that the Moon is bigger than the Sun, farther

away from Earth than the Sun, no one can reach the Moon. Also the

location of hell is below the Earth, and heaven is above the Earth and

many other claims that have been proven wrong.