26.01.2018 ►JCSC ►Weekly News

Posted: 26.01.2018
Updated on: 22.03.2018

Jain Center of Southern California

In this Issue:

  • Ongoing Programs
  • Life Time Tithis
  • Upcoming Events
  • Dignitary Visits and Shibirs
  • Change of Dates in 2018 JCSC Calendar
  • Yoga Sesssions at JCSC
  • 12 Bhavna Shibir - 1/27 - 28
  • Change of Timing for Pathshala & Other Classes - 2/11
  • Invitation to Townhall Meeting - 2/11
  • Chaumasi Chaudas - 2/28
  • Wellness Challenge
  • Other News

      Ongoing Programs -  Jan - Feb, 2018





      Start Time

      Daily Ashtprakari Puja


       7:30 AM 

      Aarti-Mangal Divo


       8:15 PM


       7:30 PM


      Daily in the morning


      Chaudas Pratikraman

      1/30, 2/14, 2/28 (Chaumasi Chaudas -Dev Vandan 2:30 pm)       

       6:30 PM (Weekday)
      6:00 PM (Weekend)

      Monthly Snatra Puja and Navkar Mantra Jaap


       9:00 AM

      Monthly Bhavna Bhakti

      1/26, 2/23

       7:30 PM

      JCYC & JSG Pathshala / Adult Swadhyay / Sutra Class 

      2/11 (Start time 9:00AM), 2/25         

       9:40 AM

      Webcast of Discourses by
      Shri Rakeshbhai Jhaveri


      1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
      Aradhana Hall

      Weekly Evening Swadhyay

      Every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday


      Adhyatmasar Swadhyays


      By Girishbhai
      (8:00 PM to 9:30 PM)

      14 Gunasthanak


      By Hasendrabhai
      (8.30 PM to 10.00 PM)




      Yogshatak Swadhyays


      By Girishbhai
      (8:00 PM to 9:30 PM)

      Please Note:

      • Pathshala Classes will begin at 9:00 AM on Sunday, February 11, 2018
      • Hasendrabhai's next evening swadhyay will be on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, as he is out of the country.
      • Shri Girishbhai's weekly evening swadhyay on Monday and Thursday,
        are temporarily suspended until further notice.





      Life Time Tithis



      • 01/25 - Vadecha, Niruben, Pragnesh, Biren - In memory of Shri Jashvantlal Devshibhai Vadecha,                  Mita, Sweta, Agam, Nigam
      • 02/03  - Sheth, Samir Komal & Hitesh Kajal - Death anniversary of Shri Satish Mehta
      • 02/09  - Shah, Krina, Nirali & Nilomi - In memory of Nilesh Shah
      • 02/20  - Dharod, Zaverben - For Devji Gala Dharod
      • 02/21  - Dharod, Zaverben - For Harsh Devji Dharod
      • 02/28  - Shah, Yogesh & Saurabh - For Anand Shah
      • 02/28  - Shah, Dr. Jaykumar & Ramilaben - In memory of Shri Haribhai Shah

      Send a photograph of your loved one to Kinal Modi at kinalmodi12@yahoo.com.
      Please contact Ketan Parekh at ketan.parekh@jaincenter.net for information, questions or any pledges.





      Upcoming Events



      • Adult Swadhyay Shibir 1 - 1/27 - 28
      • Town Hall Meeting - 2/11
      • Chaumasi Chaudas - 2/28





      Dignitary Visits and Shibirs



      12 Bhavna Shibir - 1/27 - 1/28, 2018





      Change Of Dates In 2018 JCSC Calendar



      We wanted to let you all know that the calendar of events is changing for the month of  April and December 2018. 

      The change is as follows:

      1. Mahavir Janam Kalyanak (MJK) will now be moved from April 1 to April 8, 2018, from 2 PM onwards.
      2. JCYC & JSG Pathshala / Adult Swadhyay / Sutra classes will now be held on April 1, 2018. 
      Earlier this was being held on  April 8, 2018, but is now canceled.
      3. JCYC winter camp for 2018 will be Dec 21, 22, 23 and 24,2018.

      There is no change of date for Medical Camp of 2018.

      The medical camp date is the same, March 18th, not March 25th.

      Please read the same clarification in Jan-March 2018, News Letter. 

      Please make note of these changes in your personal calendars.





      Yoga Sessions at JCSC



      We are starting the New Year with a new year Resolution to improve the health of our Community!!!! 

      Please join us every Pathshala Sunday from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM for Yoga in the basement (Garage) of the Jain Center.

      This will be followed by a health-related lecture. The next lecture is going to be about CANCER SCREENING followed by a Q&A Session. 

      Please join us and make the event successful!!





      12 Bhavna Shibir - Jan 27 - 28, 2018



      The "12 Bhavna" Shibir is scheduled during the weekend of January 27 - 28, 2018. Please sign up for this Shibir using the attached form.

      "12 Bhavna" Shibir January 27 - 28, 2018

      ભાવના ભવ નાશીની

      પ્રભુ મહાવીર દેવ પોતાની સાડા બાર વર્ષની સાધના માં ભાવના-ધ્યાન-ભાવના-ધ્યાન વડે છેવટે સર્વ ઘાતી કર્મોનો ક્ષય કરી કેવળજ્ઞાન ની પ્રાપ્તિ કરીને મોક્ષે પધાર્યા. ભાવના = અનુપ્રેક્ષા = અંતર્મુખતા અને તેના પરીણામે એકાગ્રતા અને એકાગ્રતા એટલે ધ્યાન અને ધ્યાનની પરાકાષ્ઠા એટલે અનુભૂતિ. અનુભૂતિથી આત્માનો સાક્ષાત્કાર અને અનંત આનંદ ની પ્રાપ્તિ...

      એવી પરમાત્માએ બતાવેલ, ઉપદેશેલ અને પોતે પ્રયોગ કરી સિદ્ધ કરેલ મોક્ષના સચોટ ઉપાય રૂપ બાર ભાવનાની શિબિર:

      January 27- 28, 2018 "12 Bhavna" Shibir Schedule

      Saturday, Jan 27, 2018     

      Session 1 - 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM 
      Lunch - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      Session 2 - 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
      Break - 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
      Session 3 - 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
      Dinner - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Sunset 5:18 PM)

      Sunday Jan 28, 2018

      Session 4 - 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM 
      Lunch - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      Session 5 - 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
      Break - 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
      Session 6 - 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
      Dinner - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

      Please CLICK HERE for the form

      About Car Ride during the upcoming Shibir on January 27-28,2018
      Kalpanaben Shah will manage   Ride arrangement. You or someone you know will need a ride to and from the Shibir, 

      Please contact her on  (949) 784 - 9950‬ and let her know. 
      DRIVERS: If you drive and can provide a ride to others, please contact Kalpanaben by calling or text and please volunteer.  

      She will try and match up to satisfy as many as practical.  This needs to be done as early as possible for bigger success.





      Change Of Timing For Pathshala & Other Classes - Feb 11, 2018



      For the Town Hall meeting on Feb 11, to make sure we have maximum people attending it, we have made some adjustments.

      For the Pathshala and other classes on Sunday - Feb 11, 2018, we will start the Classes earlier at 9:00 AM. We will adjust the Toastmaster Classes to start even earlier to adjust to these changes. The classes will end at 12 Noon and we will need to start the Lunch earlier as well.

      We can then start the Town Hall Meeting at 1:00 AM.





      Invitation to Townhall Meeting - Feb 11, 2018



      Object Of The Meeting: Connecting Communities through Communication

      The JCSC Board of Directors & Executive Committee would like to invite 
      all JCSC community members to a Town Hall meeting at the following time.

      For the Town Hall meeting on Feb 11,  to make sure we have maximum people attending it, we have made some adjustments.

      For the Pathshala and other classes on Sunday - Feb 11, 2018, we will start the Classes earlier at 9:00 AM. We will adjust the Toastmaster Classes to start even earlier to adjust to these changes. The classes will end at 12 Noon and we will need to start the Lunch earlier as well, to start the Town Hall meeting earlier.

      Date: Sunday, Feb 11th, 2018
      Time: 1:00 PM onwards
      Location: Auditorium, JCSC.

      1. Know your committee
      2. Top priority issues
      3. Important Suggestions to improve. 
      4. Young Pathshala Parents session to meet and greet with 
      members to interact, have their input or any concern.
      5. Volunteer appreciation
      6. Q&A

      Please attend this Town Hall meeting. Your input is very valuable.
      Please send your suggestion/concern in advance to the following members.

      Coordinators: Dr. Mahendra Shah, at 714-757-9490,drmcshah@hotmail.com
      : Pramod Shah, at 213-327-7058,pshah24@gmail.com
      : Ketan Parekh.at 714-299-6789,ketanraj@sbcglobal.net

      Dr. Jasvant Modi
      President, JCSC





      Chaumasi Chaudas - Feb 28, 2018



      Jains celebrate Chaumasi Chaudas three times in a year:  On the fourteenth day of Kartik, Falgun and Ashadh months. Jain Community celebrates Chaumasi Chaudas with great joy and enthusiasm all over the country. They make it a fabulous event by performing religious acts and by worshiping Lord Mahavira. People celebrate it by wearing colorful clothes and by adorning their houses. They also give some charity and donation on that day for earning  good ‘Karma'. Chaumasi Chaudas Dev Vandan will start at 2:30 pm followed by Pratikraman, on February 28, 2018 at JCSC.





      Wellness Challenge - Get 7 to 9 Hours Of Sleep Each Night



      For the upcoming weekly challenge, we are challenging the participants to “Get 7 to 9 hours of Sleep Each Night." Have you ever wondered if your lack of sleep is sabotaging your health, body, and life?  What we once thought of as an unfortunate mandatory waste of time we now know is absolutely crucial for a healthy life.  Sleep is so important for so many aspects of your being.  Although some people claim they can function just fine off less, 8 hours is really what your body needs to rest, repair, rejuvenate.  If you are interested in learning more and participating, click here.





      Other News



      1) Palitana Giriraj 6 Gau Yatra: Feb 27, 2018

      Chhah Gau Yatra is a journey of about 16 km in pilgrim town Palitana in  Bhavnagar district. It is mainly a kind of penance that helps a devout set of the evil results of past deeds and makes his journey to Nirvana or salvation faster and shorter, says Jain saints and scriptures. Over the year the Chhah Gau Yatra is becoming more popular and lacks pilgrims visit on this single day. Chhah Gau Yatra starts from Jap Taleti on the foothills of Shatrunjaya and ends on the other side at a place known as Siddhavad. The name Siddhavad is after a Banyan tree here and it is said thousands of Jains have achieved the final stage of life-death cycle, Nirvana or salvation and become free from the bondage of Karma. The Chhah Gau Yatra covers all Jain temples in Palitana. Siddhavad is near Adipur, known as the birthplace of Lord Adinath the first Thirthankar. It is believed that every Jain should visit Palitana at least once in his lifetime to get “Bhavya” status (fit to attain nirvana or salvation). There are a total of 1250 temples located on the Shetrunjaya hills, exquisitely carved in marble. The main temple on top of the hill is dedicated to 1st Tirthankar lord Adinath (Rishabdeva).This year the auspicious day of Chhah Gau Yatra begins on February 27, 2018.

      2) Jain Workshop At Atlanta GA, USA

      When: Friday, March 2, 2018 to Sunday March 4, 2018

      Jain Society Greater Atlanta and Jaina Education Committee have jointly organized the Jain workshop from Friday March 2, 2018 to Sunday March 4, 2018. 

      We had  great success on our past two Workshops conducted in Raleigh, NC in October and December 2017.  Please view few photos of these workshops by clicking the following link


      Workshop Theme and Purpose

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

      The main purpose of the workshop is 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 Moderator:

      Workshop moderator is Pravin K Shah, Jaina Education Committee chairperson and Jain eLibrary Project in-charge.  The workshop will be in English with some Hindi/Gujarati explanation.

      Workshop Duration and Location

      Date and Time

      March 2, 2018 Friday 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (includes Dinner time before Sun set)
      March 3, 2018 Saturday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (Lunch, and Dinner time before Sun set)
      March 4, 2018 Sunday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (includes Lunch time)

      Workshop Venue/ Location

      Jain Society-Greater Atlanta 
      669 S Peachtree St, Norcross, GA 30071
      www.jsgatemple.org Telephone 770 807 6187


      Simple Vegan food (absolutely no dairy product) will be served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all three days.  No fried foods will be served as a way to promote healthy living. 

      Paper Product

      All paper products such as plates, bowls, napkins, and glasses will be used of eco-friendly, bio- degradable, and from recycled materials. 

      Workshop Overview and Major Topics:

      The workshop takes Jainism beyond being just a religious identification for people.  It discusses the fundamentals, which can be easily apply 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. ……to continue to read, please click the following link.


      Workshop Registration and Fee:

      The registration fee is $50.00 per person.  It includes all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and workshop material. Please follow the link below to register and to make payment via Paypal or Credit card to the “Jain Education International”.  Please do not wait, we will close the registration once we reach to 40 participants.

      Registration Form:


      If you have any difficulty to filling out the Workshop registration form or if you have any other question, send an e-mail to Sejal Shah sejal2003@gmail.com or Pravin Shah jainaedu@gmail.com.

      Hotel Accommodation:

      If you need Hotel accommodation, please indicate in the registration form.  We will contact you within two weeks and provide you the details of the Hotel and also provide you the direction from and to airport.




      Samir Shah
      Pritesh Ostwal
      Jain Society of Greater Atlanta                   



      Pravin K Shah
      Jaina Education Committee
      919 889 1900 Cell


      3) A Unique Opportunity to Study Non Violence, Jain Dharma & Religious Traditions in India

      Last Date to Apply is March 1st, 2018

      International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) is currently accepting applications for three, four and six week study programs in India. 

      Jain Dharma/Religion originate d in India several thousand years ago. An elder cousin of Buddhism, Jain dharma teaches a lifestyle rooted in the practice of unconditional nonviolence. 

      Its teachings inspired and influenced Mahatma Gandhi. Students and scholars will learn about Jain traditions from learned lay scholars as well as practicing monks and nuns in India.

      The Program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students, Post-Doctoral Fellows, full time faculty and High School Teachers with an interest in the Jain Studies and ahimsa (nonviolence). The three, four  and six week long, stand alone and separate intensive courses in International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) 2018 will entail morning lectures, afternoon field trips, visits to some schools, time in a few ancient cities and meetings with Jain professionals, monks and  nuns. 

      For the last 13 years, every summer, ISSJS have been offered regularly in India. The number of participants has seen a steady increase every year. Nearly 800 students and scholars from many universities and High Schools have participated in ISSJS programs so far. 

      We are excited to be offering ISSJS - 2018 in its 14th annual year.  

      ISSJS is unique in that it is an experiential and India based program and makes India a classroom for the study of ahimsa /nonviolence, Jain, history, art, culture and philosophy.
      This program is highly subsidized by the Jain community. For Program Details & Application, Visit our website   www.isjs.in 

      Please contact Dr. Sulekh C. Jain, Houston, Texas, USA for further information.
      Home:  281-494-7656  Cell:  832-594-8005
      His blog is https://sulekhcjain.wordpress.com




      Kinal Modi
      Public Relations
      Jain Center of Southern California


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