Jaina Education ►Jain Workshop at Raleigh, NC USA

Posted: 03.09.2017
Updated on: 04.09.2017


Federation of Jain Associations in North America
JAINA Education Committee
Jain eLibrary


Jain Workshop at Raleigh, NC USA

Jaina Education Committee and Jain Study Center of North Carolina have jointly organized the following workshop from Friday October 6, 2017 to October 8, 2017.  We request individual Jain Centers of North America to circulate this e-mail to their members.

Workshop Theme

STRIKING A BALANCE: - EXAMINING Social, Cultural, and Spiritual environment that our youth face while growing up in North America



To educate both adults and youth (over 14 years of age) with regards to the fundamental principles and philosophy of Jainism and how to apply these principles in all walks of life through practical examples.  This includes social, business, family, ethical, religious and spiritual environment.


Workshop Duration and Location


Days Inn - Raleigh Airport (2.1 miles from Airport)
1000 Airport Boulevard, Morrisville, NC 27560
Telephone 919 469 8688

Date and Time

October 6, 2017 Friday 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (includes Dinner time)
October 7, 2017 Saturday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (includes Lunch, and Dinner time)
October 8, 2017 Sunday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (includes Lunch time)


Jain Vegan Food will be served


Pravin K Shah - Jaina Education Committee and Jain eLibrary Project in-charge


Workshop Registration and Fee:

The registration fee is $50.00 per person.  It includes all meals (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) and workshop material. The following link provides the registration form, which needs to fill-in and pay your registration fee via PayPal or credit card. We will close the registration once the participants number reaches to 40 or by September 15, 2017 

Registration Form:



Hotel Accommodation:

Days Inn - Raleigh Airport, 1000 Airport Boulevard, Morrisville, NC 27560 -

The hotel has offered a group room rate of $49.00 + Tax = $55.00 per night.  Each room will have two double beds and up to 4 people can stay in a room. Do not call hotel for the room reservation.  Use the following link for the hotel accommodation and pay at the rate of $55.00 per night using your PayPal or credit card. 

Hotel also offers the transportation service to and from Airport.  Once you arrive at Raleigh Airport, please call the hotel - 919 469 8688 for transportation.  It takes at the most half an hour for the shuttle to arrive at Raleigh airport.

Accommodation Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeO7dgDwlW_qG5MJuIsbM8c9KPvbcAs4lbIY56GoVheHmKvrw/viewform


Overview of Jain Workshop

The workshop takes Jainism beyond being just a religious identification for people.  It discusses the fundamentals, which are easily applied in our daily life.  The workshop uses interactive method of Learning and Communication, which needs debates, discussions and open mindedness. The workshop is not a lecture format where the audience has very little input in terms of participation and discussion.

After the several sessions on Jain axiom (postulate) and fundamental principles, the workshop delves into the brain storming discussion on powerful and thought-provoking questions that have no absolute answers.  It includes the social and cultural perceptions as well as stereotypes and generalizations from both youth and adult’s perspective.


We will be digging deep, challenging ourselves/our limiting beliefs and exploring new possibilities.  The discussion will provide insights into questions that are important to our youth in order to develop them spiritually, ethically, and socially in the western world.

While often difficult to reconcile divergent influences, it is critical to understand the distinctions and strike a balance amongst Indian heritage, Jain religion, spirituality and Western lifestyle.  Regardless of your current level of understanding, you are bound to walk away with a new expanded view.


Major Steps of Workshop




  1. Review of the rules and disciplines participants need to follow during workshop.
  2. Introduction of each Participants including his/her professions and one most important question he/she would like the workshop to discuss.



  1. Presentation on “Aim and objective of Jainism and its fundamental principles.”
  2. Presentation on “Understanding of Mithyatva (false belief), Kashay (vices), Karma Philosophy, Tap (penance), Punya and Pap.”
  3. Presentation on “how to apply Jain principles in our daily life while performing various task such eating, earning, fulfilling family and social responsibilities, performing various religious rituals and how to live a life with minimum violence.”

Group Discussions


  1. Divide participants in small groups (separate youth and adults’ groups based on their professions).  Appoint one group leader in each group.
  2. Each group among themselves will discuss and document their questions based on their professions, social, cultural, and religious understanding.
  3. A major category (food, Ahimsa, Celibacy, Penance, Ritual, Non-possession, Anekantvad etc..) is assigned to each question
  4. Each group leader presents their questions to the class
  5. Discuss the questions of each group at a time and moderator controls the discussion (managing the allocated time of discussion and individual personality.  Also see that Jain principles properly followed),
  6. Moderator explains the Jain principles related to each category if needed.


If you have any difficulty to fill in the Workshop registration form or Hotel accommodation form, please call or send us an e-mail.


Pravin K Shah
Jaina Education Committee
919 889 1900 Cell
919 859 4994 Home

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