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February 19, 2007

Jainism in the 21st Century

This was the first day seminar hosted by Young Jains Warwick and we were privileged to organise it with the Institute of Jainology. We welcomed 9 speakers:

• Honorable Dr Harshadbhai Sangrajka, Secretary of the Institute of Jainology spoke on ‘Defining religion’
• Mr Prakashbhai Patalia, on ‘Understanding Jainism’
• Mrs Vibhutiben Mehta on ‘Vows for the 21st Century’
• Mr Parasbhai Kothari and Mr Kamleshbhai Kothari on ‘Jainism and Science’
• Mrs Shrutiben Malde and Mrs Meenaben Shah on ‘Logic of Jain Diet’
• Mrs Trusitben Shah and Mrs Jyotsnaben Shah on ‘Jain Careers’

We were delighted to have 30 participants and happy to welcome Manoj and Harsha from London, and Paarul from Young Jains Oxford. We were also pleased to welcome representatives of other bodies, Vibhuti Patel and Dipvandana Shah (President and Vice President of National Hindu Students Forum), Kong Kay Pheikkay (Secretary of the Warwick University Buddhist Society) and Joe Kirby (Elected President of Warwick University Students Union).

One of the highlights was the discussion on ‘Vows for the 21st Century’ where we split into groups and the participants had the chance to also present their conclusions. We learnt many new things about Jainism, especially in the session of Jainism and Science and Jain Careers. The level of discussion showed keen interest in Jainism from participants who wanted to learn more about the religion as well as a good understanding through the questions of our Jain members.

The YJW food committee, headed by Anjali did an excellent job of providing delicious Jain breakfast, lunch and tea. I am very grateful to Anjali and Shreya who played key roles in organising the seminar and preparing the exhibitions, as well as Darshni, Shivani, Darshna, Harshni and Jay who selflessy helped us prepare and run the seminar.

We closed with an Aarti which was lead by Jyotimasi from Coventry, who has performed many Aartis now at Warwick.

We hope to run more seminars like this in future years and are grateful to all the speakers for the time they took to prepare and come to Warwick for this seminar.

Anokhee Shah
President, Young Jain Students Warwick

February 14, 2007

Jain Seminar: Jainism in the 21st Century


“No power on earth can subjugate you when you are armed with the sword of AHIMSA. It ennobles both the victor and the vanquished.” _Mahatma Gandhi

Jai Jinendra

(posting on behalf of YJS Warwick) Young Jain Students Warwick has organised an excellent seminar on Jainism in the 21st Century – and we are privileged to have teachers and experts on Jainism speaking – including Dr Harshadbhai Sanghrajka from the Institute of Jainologyjainism_in_the_21st_century.pdf.

Please email me if you would like to attend.

The programme is as follows:
10:00 Registration and Breakfast
10:30 Navkar Mantra and Welcome
10:45 Define ‘Religion’
11:00 Understanding Jainism (Presentation, Q&A)
12:00 Vows for the 21st Century (Discussion, presentation)
13:00 Lunch
13:30 Jainism and Science (Presentation and Q&A)
14:30 Logic of Jain Diet (Presentation and Q&A)
chicken run
Why are Jains vegetarian? Why do Jains not eat eggs?
15:30 Tea Break
15:45 Jain Careers (Presentation and discussion)
Did you know there are 15 restricted occupations in Jainism, including occupations where trees are cut down?
16:45 Open discussion
17:15 Close and Prayers
17:30 Departure

It will take place at S0.09 (Social Studies Building) at the University of Warwick

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