Nature as Mentor. Can Nature Teach Us Spiritual Concepts?

Yes, she can. Project Conversion relies on the kindness of strangers, people who volunteer their time and energy in teaching me the ways of their faith. These are called Mentors, however the community of believers otherwise known as the Congregation also lends their support. That said, should we limit our learning resources to only humans? […]

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Meditations on my Birthday.

Yesterday was my 29th birthday (thanks to everyone who sent me your well-wishes!). I was supposed to kick back and relax, take it easy for the day, but for me there’s no such thing as absolute zero. There is no standing still. Jains have a system of meditation which focuses on 12 areas called Bhavanas […]

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What do Jains Worship if they have no God(s)?

Worship is an act of reverence, of giving or acknowledging worth to something/someone beyond yourself. In this way, despite the fact that Jains do not have a central God(s), Jains offer worship to the 24 Tirthankaras. But the Tirthankaras were humans, right? How does one worship a human? First we must understand the Jain attitude […]

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Help Save the Jain Center of Greater Phoenix

Every month, I look for an opportunity to give back and show my appreciation to my host faith for those 30-31 days. Today, I found a way for not only me, but for all of us to reach out and help a community in need. Meet the Jain Center of Greater Phoenix in Arizona. The […]

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How Killing an Ant Changed My Perspective.

The Jain concept of ahimsa (non-injury) prevents one from doing any harm to our fellow sentient beings. While the monastic order (Sadhus and Sadhvis) go to great lengths and austerities to prevent harm upon others, householders are encouraged to observe this principle as well. This is why most householder Jains often employ themselves in business, […]

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