07.03.2015 ►JCSC ►External Education Committee, World Vegan Summit and Upcoming Events

Posted: 09.03.2015
Updated on: 30.07.2015

Jain Center of Southern California

Ongoing Programs | March 2015



Start Time

Daily Asthprakari Puja


7:30 a.m.

Aarti-Mangal Divo


8:15 p.m.


7:30 p.m.


Daily in the morning


Chaudus Pratikraman


3/4 - (Dev Vandan is from  2:30 - 5:00)

6:30 p.m. (weekday)

6:00 p.m. (weekend)

Monthly Snatra Puja and Navkar Mantra Jaap


9:30 a.m.

Monthly Bhavna Bhakti


7:30 p.m.

JCYC Pathshala and

Adult Swadhyay on Tatvarthadhigam Sutra

3/8, 3/22, 3/29

9:40 a.m.

JSG Class B

Nav Tatva Saral Parichay


10:00 a.m.

Weekly evening Swadhyay

Every Mon - Thurs

8:30 p.m.


Shri Adhyatmsar Granth

By Girishbhai


Choud Gunasthanak

By Hasendrabhai


Shrimad Rajchandra Vachanamrut

By Rameshbhai


Shri Yogshatak Granth

By Girishbhai

Review our JCSC calendar for all upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

  • Shree Adinath Janam and Diksha Kalynak - Saturday, March 14
  • Ayambil Oli - Friday, March 27, 2015 - Saturday, April 4, 2015
  • Mahavir Janm Kalyanak Puja, Ekasana and Cultural Program - Sunday, April 5 
  • Shree Simandharswami Janam Kalyanka - Tuesday, April 14
  • Varshitap Parna - Tuesday, April 21
  • Shri Gautamswami Diksha Kalyanak - Saturday, May 2
  • JCSC Anniversary Celebration - Friday May 15 - Sun, May 17

Life Time Tithis

March 2015
3/6 - Desai, Suraj and Hetal (Shah, Navnit & Niru Shah) - Punyatithi of son/brother Kamal Shah
3/7 - Shah, Jayantilal Chunilal - Birthday of Shah, Jayantilal Chunilal
3/24 - Shah, Dilip & Pragna - Punyatithi of Manekben Shah
3/31 - Salvi, Kirit & Rekha - Punyatithi of Savitaben Ambalal

Send a photograph of your loved one to Narendra Maniar at n_maniar(at)yahoo.com. Please contact Ketan Parekh at Ketan.Parekh(at)JainCenter.net for information or questions.

Shrimad Rajchandra Bhakti - Sat, Mar 7

We will have Param Krupalu Dev Shrimad Rajchandra Bhakti in JCSC Aradhana Hall on Saturday March 7, 2015 from 8:30pm - 10:00pm.

1. Navkaar Mantra
2. Mangalacharan
3. Bhakti pads by Mumukshus
4. Kshamapana
5. Aarti
6. Mangal Divo
7. Aho Aho Shri Sadguru
8. He Param Krupalu Dev

In order to participate, please let the Bhakti pad know by no later than Wednesday March 4, 2015 so that we can plan the program appropriately.

Please feel free to contact any one of the following if you have any questions or would like to take a bhakti pad.

Nikhil Dhami | 562-653-0313 | nikhil.dhami49(at)gmail.com
Dilip Parekh | 310-721-5947 | dilipjparekh(at)gmail.com
Ashok Savla | 626-372-4246 | ashoksavla630(at)yahoo.com
Mahesh Wadher | 909-376-4027 | Mahesh.Wadher(at)gmail.com

Please come in time as the Bhakti program will start promptly at 8:30pm.

World Vegan Summit - Fri, Mar 20 - Sun, Mar 22

Someone has to save the planet, billions of innocent animals, and humanity from hunger, disease, war, violence, and climate change - and it won’t be the people telling you to eat “humane”, free-range, cage-free, organic, grass-fed “meat”, dairy, fish, and eggs…It will be the people attending the Los Angeles area - WORLD VEGAN SUMMIT & EXPO

Friday, March 20 - Friday, March 22, 2015
Marina del Rey Marriott
4100 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

There will speakers, thinkers, movers, and shakers who will meet to focus advocacy and activism on creating a compassionate, healthy, environmentally-sustainable VEGAN world, with the abolition of all use of other animals for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, and (impossibly unattainable) “humane animal products”. Music, food, and fun! Spectacularly Creative Vegan Cuisine - featuring VEGANIC (vegan organic) produce. Join us for speakers, presentations, workshops, music, film, food, and fun! More details on the WORLD VEGAN SUMMIT & EXPO, which is a grass roots effort is being organized by Bob Linden of Go Vegan Radio

There will be a special video message from Jain spiritual leader, Gurudev Chitrabhanu. There will also be a presentation from an Ayurvedic doctor from a 700 year lineage of women Ayurvedic healers in India.

As a grassroots, non-profit it is a challenge to meet the expenses of an event of this magnitude. Your financial support would be greatly appreciated by means of donation, registration, attendance, or securing an exhibitor table if appropriate. All meals, California Ballroom speakers, activities, entertainment, are included in the green-level ticket. 


Exhibitor/details page 
Sponsoring a table

Young Jain Professionals (YJP) SoCal Networking Lunch and Bowling

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015 Time: 12:00p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Location:  Native Foods Café The District, 2453 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92782 Register

Join Young Jain Professionals (YJP) for a fun afternoon on Sunday, March 15 for a networking lunch and bowling. This is the perfect opportunity to network with other professionals in the area, so don’t forget to bring your business cards! For additional information, click here.

Following lunch, we will go to Bowlmor Lanes for bowling (The District, 2405 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92782). Get ready to show off your bowling skills! Contact:  Sheenika Shah: sheenika.shah@yjp.jaina.org Vishal Ajmera: vishal_ajmera@yahoo.com  Ruchita Shah: ruchita_1214@yahoo.com

TCCOP - February 2015 Update

Our efforts of serving the community is continuing with your gracious support. We are continuing our weekly routine of serving breakfast and monthly dinners, providing groceries, and visiting lonely patients.We want to thank our sponsors from last month:

1. Jigna and Jayesh Vadecha
2. Hardika and Pradip Shah: for Kevin 
3. Mayuri and Mukesh Shah
4. Shobha and Harshit Badani
5. Sarva Mangal Trust: sponsoring dinner in Long Beac
7. Jayshree and Kishoriben Parekh: pallet of food for needy children to Giving Children Hope
8. Chhaya and Manish Mehta: providing grocery to the shelter in Buena Park

TCCOP will be collecting American professional clothing (pants, shirts, ladies dress, skirt and blouse) on March 22 and March 29. We will only be collecting donations at our derasar from 10:00am - 12:00pm. Please bring gently used clothes washed, ironed and on hangers. 

We can celebrate yours or other family member's birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special occasions meaningfully by sponsoring an event or if you want to help us in any of our projects please contact us. Please call 714-856-4256 or contact any of us at the following:

Smita Doshi: smitadoshi(at)gmail.com
Sachi Jain: sachijain311(at)gmail.com
Darshna Shah: dshsh50(at)gmail.com
Jayana Shah: jsdesigner(at)cox.com
Prafulla Shah: prafullashah(at)hotmail.com

Committee on External Educational Activities

Committee on External Educational Activities

It is with great pleasure I wish to inform you all about the formation of a new committee "External Educational Activities" by the Board of Directors. As you know our Pathshala has been touted to be the oldest and best in entire North America. I believe the time has come for us to take a quantum leap to take the education of Jain Principles to the main stream Americans. As you all new we had started classes at Claremont Lincoln University (CLU) in 2011, however, CLU has changed their direction and will now only be an online university and does not plan to teach any religious classes.

Jain education is offered during summer for last 10 years by International Summer School of Jain Studies (ISSJS). ISSJS was started by JAINA past president Dr. Sulekh Jain from Houston. Another JAINA past president Mr. Dilip Shah from Philadelphia and JCSC's past president Dr. Nitin Shah have been working with ISSJS for last few years. Board has appointed Dr. Nitin Shah the Chair and Dr. Jasvant Modi, liasion from BOD to further the cause as there are many opportunities opening up to teach the Jain Principles to the main stream Americans in multiple universities. Please read on..... 

If we believe that it is worth for the world to know and follow Jain principles than here is your opportunity to support any and all of the following worthy endeavors! 

Virendra Shah, President, JCSC and Board of Directors

External Educational Activities

We are delighted with the formation of this committee and thank profusely the BOD, EC and all of you - the members of JCSC to consider stepping out of our normal boundaries to support educational activities outside of JCSC. We are the first Jain Institution outside of India that we know who as an organization will like to take this challenge. Another first for JCSC! We believe that the time has come and the needs in the world are greater today than ever before to learn and practice Jain principles of Ahimsa, Anekantvad and Aparigrah.

We are working with three universities at present in Southern California.

1. Chair for Jain Studies at University of California at Irvine (UCI) - This is a very unique opportunity. We are still gathering the details so information about this will be sent soon to all. 

2. Loyola Marymount University (LMU) - we have commited to start a professorship in 50% partnership with Sikhs means the same Professor will teach both Jain and Sikh religions. The cost to do so is $100,000 per year so share of Jain will be $50,000. We are fortunate to have received $17,500 grant towards it from Uberoi Foundation. We need to raise the difference of $32,500 towards this chair. We would like to make three years commitment for this professorship. 

3. Claremont School of Theology (CST) - They have offered to start a class to teach from September 2015. They will like a community teacher to teach this class. Someone with a Master's degree and who is a teacher in any profession will qualify to teach there. Cost to teach this class will be $3,500 per semester.

All of these will require lots of support not only financial but also physical so here is another opportunity to help with Tan, Man and Dhan! Please come forward to support. Many people are involved in this project and you can get more information from Virendra Shah, Hemendra Doshi, Sulekh Jain, Yogesh Shah (Gheeboli), Popat Savla, Dilip Shah, Mahesh Wadher.

One can donate directly to the institutions or go through JCSC.

Please call Dr. Nitin Shah at 562 244 9035 or Dr. Jasvant Modi at 213 999 7011 for details. 

Wellness Challenge - Do 15 Minutes of Cardio 

For the upcoming weekly challenge we are challenging the participants to "do 15 minutes of cardio activity every day.” Cardio exercises should always be an integral component of any fitness regimen. This type of exercise elevates your heart rate and has a rhythmic quality. People often use the terms "cardio" and "aerobic" to describe the same type of exercises. The Cleveland Clinic reports that in aerobic exercise, your breathing rate plays a direct role in the process of pumping oxygen throughout your body. As such, an elevated breathing rate is often a solid indication that an activity is aerobic in nature. For more information and to participate in the challenge, click here.

Lestonnac Free Clinic - Grand Opening

The Mission of Lestonnac Free Clinic is to provide free health care services to indigent and uninsured residents in Southern California, through the support of volunteers and generous donors. 

Lestonnac Free Clinic 
8352 Commonwealth Ave 
Buena Park, CA 90621

Clinic Operating Hours 
Thursdays 9AM - 5PM
Sundays 1PM - 5PM

For information: (714) 633-4600

Logassa Challenge - Rehearse, Recite & Repeat

Rehearse, Recite & Repeat in 2015!

Logassa Challenge-Set aside 2 minutes

Have you learned the first few lines? Then come in and recite them with the Sutra teachers to ensure you are on the right track. Let them help you with the next section.

Still having trouble getting started. Start by setting aside 2 minutes with your normal routine in the morning or evening. Start by practicing two lines at a time. Before you know it, you will have memorized the Logassa. 

Strive to rehearse the Logassa once a day using the Audio/Visual tools available on the JCSC website. Once you have recited the Logassa and completed your challenge, repeat by inspire family and friends to take the challenge. We are at the bottom of the universe - help us reach our mark! Change procrastination to SUCCESS!

A test for all registered participants - let’s get to Madhya Loka (the realms of the humans, animals and plants) by the end of January!

Click Here To Participate

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