Jaina Education ►Activity Report Oct 2014

Posted: 22.10.2014

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Federation of Jain Associations in North America
JAINA Education Committee


Jaina Education Committee - Activity Report Oct 2014

We wish you and family a Beautiful Diwäli Holiday Season and a New Year full of Peace, Prosperity, Happiness, and higher Spirituality!

Before we start to eat our Holiday Meal, please reflect on the following contemplation compiled by Zen Master - Thich Nhat Hanh to express our gratitude or with whatever traditional grace or prayer you prefer.

Honor the Food

The Five Contemplations

1.  This food is the gift of the whole universe: the earth, the sky, numerous living beings and much hard, loving work.

2.  May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive it.

3.  May we recognize and transform our unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed, and learn to eat with moderation.

4.  May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that we reduce the suffering of living beings, preserve our planet, and reverse the process of global warming.

5.  We accept this food so that we may nurture our sisterhood and brotherhood, strengthen our community, and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings.

By  Zen Master - Thich Nhat Hanh

With Warm Regards
Pravin and Arti Shah and
Members of JAINA Education, Jain eLibrary, and JAB Committees
919 859 4994
www.jainelibrary.org

 

Jain eLibrary

The Jain eLibrary website (www.jainelibrary.org) now contains more than 14000 books, Articles, and few audio ritual files.  In 5 years, more than 31,000 people have registered to use Jain elibrary and downloaded about  350,000 Books and Articles.  The total number of visitors exceeded 1,000,000.

 

Jaina Education Books Distributed at the YJA Convention (July 2014):

Education committee distributed the following six reference books at the conventions free of charge to all youth attendees.  We are very thankful to the sponsors of this project.

JES 901

Ref

Jainism-101 Reverence for Life - New-updated # JES 902

$1.00

JES 911

Ref

Essence of World Religions

$1.00

JES 921

Ref

Book of Compassion English

$1.00

JES 931

Ref

English Pratikraman book

$1.00

JES 933

Ref

Jain Puja Book - Ashta Prakari Puja, Dreams, and Shanti Kalash

$1.00

JES 941

Ref

Pratikraman Sutra Book with English Meaning

$2.00

You can download these books (pdf file) from Jain eLibrary website.

 

Jain Academic Bowl (JAB) Manual for JAINA 2015 Conventions

JAB program is fully operational for both JAINA and YJA conventions.  In the last YJA convention, 50 youth participated and in the last JAINA conention,16 teams (80 youth) participated in the JAB program.  Every year we enhance JAB manual by adding more topics in the manual. 

JAB manual for the next JAINA convention is finalized and is frozen for the JAINA convention 2015.  You can download the final version in docx (Word file) and pdf file from the following link.

www.jainelibrary.org/jab_manual

Revised Guidelines for JAB Competition at the JAINA Convention - 2015

1.       At maximum, 2 junior teams and 1 senior team from one center can be registered. (Those younger than 15 are allowed to compete in the senior competition, but those above that age may not compete with the juniors—see below). If there are any questions about registration, contact us at the email given below.

2.       Junior team members must be no more than 15 years old as of July 1st 2015 (born on July 2nd 1999 or later). Senior team members must be no more than 21 years old as of July 1st 2015 (born on July 2nd 1993 or later).

3.       A team may have a maximum of 6 players. However, note that during the games, only 5 members can play at a time; there will be opportunities to substitute players in and out.

4.       Team registration forms are due ON OR BEFORE February 1, 2015. Please read the tournament guidelines before submitting the form.

5.       Registration Form (one per team) are due to: JSGA, 669 South Peachtree St., Norcross, GA 30071 and jabadmin(at)googlegroups.com

6.       Each team participating will also need to fill out their questions packet and submit them electronically no later than April 1, 2015. More information will be posted soon.

7.       Once registered, please fill out the questions packet and submit them electronically to jainaedu(at)gmail.com (e-mail address of Pravin K Shah).

For the next JAINA convention -2015, we will make the printed version of the JAB manual via JAINA Pathashala books by January 31, 2015.

 

Meet the JAB Youth Coordinators (Email - jabadmin(at)googlegroups.com) for the Next JAINA convention of 2015:

 

Anish Doshi - Chicago

Anjali Doshi - Chicago

Kayuri Shah - Washington DC

 

We will provide the complete JAB administrative details by November 30, 2014.

JAB Registration Form (one per team) is due ON OR BEFORE February 1, 2015 to: JSGA, 669 South Peachtree St., Norcross, GA 30071 and jabadmin(at)googlegroups.com

 

Jaina Education Pathashala Books

We have 8 Pathshala text boos and 6 reference books published.  These books are used by about 3500 Pathshala students across North America. You can purchase these books using the following link

http://www.jainlibrary.org/shopping/select_destination.php

List of the Books and DVDs available from JAINA Education Committee:

Code

Age

Name

Price in Dollars

JES 101

5to9

Jain Activity Book

5.00

JES 102

5to9

Jainism I - Basics of Jainism

5.00

JES 103

5to9

Jain Alphabet Book

3.00

JES 104

5to9

Jain Skit Book

3.00

JES 202

10to12

Jain Story Book

6.00

JES 202G

10to12

Jain Story Book in Gujarati Jain Katha Samgraha

6.00

JES 203

10to12

First Step in Jainism

6.00

JES 203Q

10to12

First Step in Jainism Work Book

3.00

JES 302

13to15

Jain Philosophy and Practice I

5.00

JES 401

15 Up

Jain Philosophy and Practice II

8.00

JES 851

8to12

Tirthankar & their Lanchans GAME

4.00

JES 901

Ref

Jainism-101 Reverence for Life - New-updated # JES 902

1.00

JES 911

Ref

Essence of World Religions

1.00

JES 921

Ref

Book of Compassion English

1.00

JES 922

Ref

Karunano Srota Book of Compassion Gujarati

1.00

JES 931

Ref

English Pratikraman - 4 Color book

1.00

JES 933

Ref

Jain Puja Book - Ashta Prakari Puja, Dreams, and Shanti Kalash

1.00

JES 941

Ref

Sutra Book with English Meaning

2.00

JES 981

Ref

Ashtapad Maha-Tirth Book of New York Jain Center

1.00

JES 831

Ref

Jain eLibrary DVD Set-1 (4 DVDs) Vol 1 - 4

5.00

JES 832

Ref

Jain eLibrary DVD Set-2 (4 DVDs) Vol 5 - 8

5.00

JES 833

Ref

Jain eLibrary DVD Set-1 and 2 (8 DVDs) Vol 1 - 8

10.00

 

Jaina Education Committee’s Request for your Financial Support

The primary activities of Jaina Education Committee are as follows:  

 

  • To prepare, publish, and distribute Jain Päthashälä Education Material to support all Jain Centers of North America.  We have about 3500 students attending Päthashälä at various Jain centers in North America.
  • To support YJA and YJP activities by providing Educational Material free of charge during their conventions.
  • To support Jain Academic Bowl activities during JAINA and YJA convention.
  • To support Jain eLibrary website in order to provide reference literature to the Päthashälä teachers, students, adult Swädhyäy groups, and Jain academicians around the world.
  • To support Jain summer school (ISSJS) program and Jain scholars and academicians by providing them Jain educational material free of charge.

In addition to the above activities, the committee has supported, Jaina Exhibition committee, Jaina Interfaith committee and published Ashtäpad literature to support Ashtäpad project for Jain Center of New York.

The success of Jaina Education Päthashälä Books, eLibrary, and JAB activities are well known to all of you.

All Jaina Education Committee, eLibrary project members, and JAB members are volunteers.  However our eLibrary scanning activity, Pathshala book design, layout activity, Website expenses, book deficit etc.. add up to about $25,000 per year.

Please make your contribution check (US dollars) to JAINA - Education and mail it at following address.  (Do not mail your contribution directly to the JAINA Headquarters.  The committee needs to keep proper record before it is deposited).

Jaina Education Committee
509 Carriage Woods Circle
Raleigh, NC 27607 USA
+1-919-859-4994
jainaedu(at)gmail.com

If you would like to contribute using credit card or in Indian rupees, please use the following link located in Jain eLibrary website:

http://www.jainelibrary.org/donation1.php

With Warm Regards

__________________________________
Pravin K Shah

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Jain Study Center of North Carolina
919-859-4994