Jainism

A Family of Jain Religion Observes Ramadan in India

October 11, 2006

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

http://www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0610114210122921.htm

Believing that Ramadan is a month during which God tests its followers, a family of the Jain religion in Mumbai, capital city of Maharashtra, has been observing the month- long Ramadan, one of the pillars of the Muslim faith, in the past 30 years.

While the practice is sacred for Muslims, Jains too are known to observe an annual fast during the time of...

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Jain Indian Fasts to Death in Controversial Practice

October 2, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5400232.stm

On October 2, 2006 BBC News reported, "Another person belonging to India's Jain community has died in the western state of Rajasthan after observing a controversial religious custom. Amar Chand, 76, died on Monday after observing 'santhara', a centuries-old Jain practice where a person starves to prepare spiritually for their death. Campaigners want the practice banned, saying it is similar to suicide....

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Hindus Meet with Leaders on Capitol Hill

September 30, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation press release

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_dc2006.htm

On September 30, 2006 a Hindu American Foundation press release reported, "The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) concluded its third annual Government Outreach and Leadership Conference on September 28, 2006. Two days of individual meetings with over twenty-five senators and members of the House of Representatives, Department of Justice,...

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Jain Leaders Demand Separate Recognition in Anti-Conversion Law

September 24, 2006

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2022865.cms

On September 24, 2006 the Times of India reported, "Agitated over the Gujarat government's move to club them with Hindus, Jain leaders have cited a letter written by the government of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru that contained an assurance that the community's distinct religious character would be protected. Circulating the letter to the media, the Digambar Jain...

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Gujarat Religion Law Hotly Contested

September 20, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5362802.stm

On September 20, 2006 BBC News reported, "Christians and Muslims in the western Indian state of Gujarat have expressed resentment over an amendment in the law relating to religious conversions. They say that moves by the state government to classify Buddhism and Jainism as branches of the Hindu religion are unconstitutional. Christians and Muslims have accused the authorities of trying to polarise the...

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"In Gandhi's Footsteps": Conference on Non-Violence Precedes 9/11 Unity Walk

September 11, 2006

Source: Rediff

http://www.rediff.com/news/2006/sep/11aziz.htm

On September 11, 2006 Rediff reported, "A group of Gandhians will hold a rally at the Lincoln Memorial grounds in Washington, DC to commemorate two ideologically opposed events: the fifth anniversary of 9/11, and the 100th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's first-ever use of satyagraha. The Memphis, Tennessee-based MK Gandhi Institute, which is organising the rally, will also participate in an inter-faith 'Unity...

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Jews, Jains, Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims Hail Decision Prohibiting Exams on Religious Holidays

September 5, 2006

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/449389p-378270c.html

On September 5, 2006 the New York Daily News reported, "A Queens state senator and an array of clergy yesterday hailed a new law that prohibits the state Education Department from scheduling statewide exams during religious holidays. 'The law is now on your side,' declared state Sen. John Sabini (D-Queens). The law was spurred after statewide English exams for...

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Op/ed: "From Many Faiths Grows Greater Understanding"

August 27, 2006

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2006/08/27/editorial/special2.html

On August 27, 2006 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin published an opinion piece by Saleem Ahmed, a Muslim, and president of the All Believers Network, and by Joan Chatfield, a Christian, board chairwoman of the Network, "The continuing death and destruction in the Middle East reflect the limitless extent to which individuals and political entities will go to defend their faith as...

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Jains in Milpitas Celebrate Temple's 6th Anniversary and Discuss Challenges of Balancing Faith with American Life

August 27, 2006

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/15374437.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

On August 27, 2006 The Mercury News reported, "One of the first things Vinod and Sadguna Patak of Gujarat, India, did when their plane touched down on Silicon Valley soil was head to the Jain house of worship in Milpitas... There is no one central god in Jainism, but prayer is daily. And...

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Festive Gathering for Krishna's Birthday at the Greater Baltimore Hindu-Jain Temple

August 20, 2006

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/carroll/bal-ca.hindu20aug20,0,5689203.story?track=rss

On August 20, 2006 The Baltimore Sun reported, "The women are dressed in kaleidoscopic colors, dancing in a whirling pinwheel and tapping wooden sticks with their neighbors' to keep the beat. Their white-robed priest leads the congregation in chants, offering fruit and fragrant flower garlands to the gods who...

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Jain Retreat Center Inhabits Former Jewish Children's Camp

August 12, 2006

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/living/religion/15250649.htm

On August 12, 2006 the Star-Telegram reported, "Pointing to a few wild turkeys standing around in a majestic field and later pointing to a couple of small deer in another field, Vachaspat Sharma briefly describes the principles of his ancient Eastern religion. 'Everything's relaxed. We believe that all lives are the same. No violence; everything's relaxed,' said Sharma, a native of India...

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Jains to be Given Minority Status

August 6, 2006

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1860074.cms

On August 6, 2006 The Times of India reported, "Union Minister for Minority Affairs A R Antulay on Sunday said that the Jain religion would be given minority status only after attaining consensus between both the sects within the religion. 'I am working towards bringing a consensus between Digamber and Shvetamber sects. I have had meeting with them and soon, we will be able to...

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Europe's Largest Hindu Temple Holds Interfaith Memorial Service for Mumbai Victims

July 15, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5182438.stm

On July 15, 2006 BBC News reported, "On Tuesday bomb blasts on seven trains killed nearly 180 people in Mumbai. Four days later, in a corner of the English countryside, hundreds of British Indians gathered in prayer at a memorial service. Europe's biggest Hindu Temple, Bhaktivedanta Manor, on the outskirts of Watford, invited members of eight faiths - Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam, Jain, Judaism, Sikhism...

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