29.12.2017 ►JCSC ►Weekly News

Published: 29.12.2017
Updated: 30.12.2017

Jain Center of Southern California

In this Issue:

  • Ongoing Programs
  • Life Time Tithis
  • Upcoming Events
  • Dignitary Visits and Shibirs
  • Derasar Timings and Seva
  • 2017 Donations for Tax Deductions
  • JCSC Calendar 2018
  • New Year Sntrapuja
  • Meru Teras
  • 12 Bhavna Shibir - 1/27 - 1/28
  • Wellness Challenge
  • Adult Vocal/Singing Classes
  • MJK Cultural Progra
  • Other News

Ongoing Programs -  Jan. 2018

Event Date Start Time
Daily Ashtprakari Puja Daily  7:30 AM 
Aarti-Mangal Divo Weekdays   8:15 PM
Sat/Sun/Holidays  7:30 PM
Chundadi Daily in the morning  
Chaudas Pratikraman  1/1,1/16,1/30     6:30 PM (Weekday)
6:00 PM (Weekend)
Monthly Snatra Puja and Navkar Mantra Jaap 1/20  9:00 AM
Monthly Bhavna Bhakti 12/29, 1/26  7:30 PM
JCYC & JSG Pathshala / Adult Swadhyay / Sutra Class  1/7,1/21       9:40 AM
Webcast of Discourses by
Shri Rakeshbhai Jhaveri
1/7,1/21   1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Aradhana Hall
Weekly Evening Swadhyay Every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday  
Adhyatmasar Swadhyays Monday By Girishbhai
(8:00 PM to 9:30 PM)
14 Gunasthanak Tuesday By Hasendrabhai
(8.30 PM to 10.00 PM)
Yogshatak Swadhyays Thursday By Girishbhai
(8:00 PM to 9:30 PM)

N:B:  Due to Christmas holidays there will be no evening swadhyay from Dec 25th-Jan 3rd, 2018.
N:B:  Next weekly evening swadhyay of Shri Girishbhai will be on January 4th,Thursday.
N:B: Next weekly evening swadhyay of Shri Hasendrabhai will be on January 9th,Tuesday.

Life Time Tithis

  • 01/01 -  Vadecha,Vipin and Jyoti -  Punyatithi of lilavatiben Devshibhai Vadecha
  • 01/13  - Shah, Nilesh and Krina -  Shah Vimalaben Ratilal
  • 01/19 - Sheth,Samir,Komal and Hitesh,Kajal – Death Anniversary of Shri Satish Mehta 
  • 01/20  -Parekh, Ketan and Bhavna -  Kamalaben Parekh        
  • 01/21  -Kamlaben K. Shah and Family - Kirtichandra N. Shah
  • 01/24  -Sheth,  Harshad, and Bharti -  In memory of Shri Harshadbhai Sheth
Send a photograph of your loved one to Kinal Modi at kinalmodi12[at]yahoo.com.
Please contact Ketan Parekh at ketan.parekh[at]jaincenter.net for information, questions or any pledges.

Upcoming Events

  • JCYC Winter Camp - 12/28 - 12/31
  • New year Snatrapuja-1/1
  • Meru Teras-1/14
  • Adult Swadhyay Shibir 1-1/27,1/28

Dignitary Visits and Shibirs

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

Derasar Timings & Seva Request 

As JCSC caretaker Amrish Bhojak will be on vacation and out of the country from December 3, 2017 to January 23, 2018, Derasar timings will be strictly observed as per the following schedule:
  • Mon - Fri: Morning 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Evening 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun from 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
If you happen to visit Derasar, please see that you check in and check out during these hours.
JCSC  also requests community members to volunteer and offer your Seva during these hours.

For "Seva" on any day/any hours please contact:
  • Salil Bhojak on 714-253-8569 or email - salilvbhojak[at]hotmail.com
  • Dr. Mahendra Shah at 714-757-9490 email - drmcshah[at]hotmail.co

2017 Donations for Tax Deduction

Year 2017 is coming to an end and if you are planning to make donation towards your pledges or convert interest-free loan to donation for outstanding pledges  before the end of the year to take 2017 to get the tax deduction advantage,please take care of it as soon as possible or prior to December 31st, 2017.

You can take care of your donation payments in either of the following ways.

1) You can drop off at our JCSC office.  (We are in office  every  Sundays  between 10 AM to 1 PM) or give it to any EC or BOD member.

2) Mail check to: (Please make sure that we receive the mail on or prior to December 31, 2017) 

 Jain Center of Southern California

 Attn: Treasurer

 P. O. Box 549

Buena Park, CA 90621-0549

Please send us your updated email and mailing address, so we can send the year end documents timely.

If any issues or concerns please send an email to Geeta Khona at gkhona[at]gmail.com

We appreciate for your continuous support to our Jain Center.

Please contact Geeta Khona, Treasurer of JCSC at the Jain Center for any further questions.

JCSC Calendar - 2018

This year we have started distributing JCSC calendar for the year 2018 well in advance, starting from Diwali Program and Pathshala days as announced. JCSC calendar is so useful and popular among the community that we have requested for a second edition to print.Those who have not received it so far, please take it when you visit the Jain Center and those who have received additional copies, if not useful, please return them.

The subject is the artistic new 'Chhod's" that have been custom made for our center in various prints and colors displayed during Ujamanu Celebration. The 2018 calendar is and will be distributed freely to all members as well as non members as also to people visiting our center

The Jain calendar includes Tithi's, Sun rise & Sunset times of Los Angeles, major events of our Jain center, Ongoing programs, Pathshala and Swadhyay schedules, Tirthankar Bhagvan's Kalyanaks and other valuable information. 

For further details please contact Dr Mahendra Shah at 714-757-9490 or at mahendra.shah[at]jaincenter.net

New Year Sntrapuja: January 1st,2018

We all EC/BOD members wish you a Happy New Year and to continue Dharm Aaradhana.

JCSC  will celebrate New Year, January 1st,2018 with ongoing program and snatrapuja.
Derasar will be open whole day from 7 am to 8 pm for darshan.

Snatrapuja: 9:30 am, Nakro:$ 101,Aarti,Mangal divo and Shanti kalash-ghee boli.
As a celebration Snack will be served after Snatra Puja.

Meru Teras: January 14th,2018.

It falls on the month of Posh Vad 13, January 14th,2018. 
This day happens to be a day of Nirvana of Lord Rikhawdev, the first Tirthankara.
The day is celebrated by all-around penance (fast etc) on that day. 
People especially remember Lord Adishwar with special reverence. 
It is a day for offering nectar of devotion to God.

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 at ‭+1 (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. 

Wellness Challenge - Reflect or Relax For 10 Minutes Daily

For the upcoming weekly challenge, we are challenging the participants to “Reflect or Relax For 10 Minutes Every Day." Reflection is a fundamental tenet of learning, and therefore a fundamental part of teaching.  Why it happens is a matter of humility.  But how and when it happens - and with whom - is less clear.  This is partly because there are multiple sides of reflection - length, width, and depth.  Reflecting is crucial to fully understanding ones purpose.  It can help you with your emotions (make you more happy) and give you a better perspective on life.  Same with relaxing.  Often times we are so busy with our lives we forget to relax and just breathe.  If you are interested in learning more and participating, click here.  

Adult Vocal/Singing Classes

JCSC will conduct 1 hour Vocal Classes from 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm in the room next to the office - upstairs in the main building. 

Tentative days are: Dec 17th, Jan 21st, Feb 25th, Mar 25th, Apr 22nd, Apr 29th & May 6th.

This class will also prepare a song/s for the upcoming Anniversary in May 2018.

If interested, come to the 1st class(Dec 17th) with a Cash or Check for $150/-  payable to "Jain Center of Southern California", With "Vocal Classes 2018" in the memo.

Questions - Contact Komal Desai - ppdkpdspd[at]yahoo.com (949-395-2904)

MJK Cultural Program

MJK Cultural Program will be celebrated at the Jain Center of Southern California on Sunday, April 1st, 2018. Deadline to submit/register for participation is Sunday, January 7th 2018. Registration is open to all Pathshala students by email only to the contact below. In order to put together an entertaining and professional program, groups who wish to perform, need to review and follow these guidelines……………

Click Here for more information

  Other News

                          PROFESSORSHIP IN JAIN STUDIES
On December 21st, 2017, with a donation of $800 K (eight hundred Thousand) USD by a few philanthropist Jains in Los Angeles and Jain Center of Southern California in Los Angeles
established the Bhagwan Mallinath Endowed Professorship in Jain Studies at Loyola Marymount University (a very elite university) in Los Angeles, California

2017 year has been a banner year for promoting Jain Academic studies in universities and colleges in North America.

During  2017, Jains established 3 Chairs and professorships in Jain Studies
·       University of California at Davis, Mohini Jain  Presidential Chair  in Jain Studies with a donation of $1.5 million.
·       University of California at Riverside, Shrimad Rajchandra Chair in Jain Studies  with a donation of $1.00 Million.
·       Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Bhagwan Mallinath endowed Professorship  in Jain Studies with a donation of $800K

In the year 2016 too, Jain community had established the following in Jain studies  
·       University of California at Irvine, Bhagwan Parshawanth Presidential  Chair with a
donation of $1.5 million
·       University of North Texas, Dallas, Bhagwan Adinath Professorship with a donation of  
·       Rice University Houston, Texas. Bhagwan Mahavir Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Jain
Studies with a yearly donation of $40K

Samani Chaitanya Pragya Ji from Ladnun, Rajasthan wrote;
 “ I congratulate for all these long-term results and hope that it will continue till we establish all the 24 chairs or professorships in the name of all the 24 Tirthankars”.

Please see attachement

Kinal Modi
Public Relations
Jain Center of Southern California
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