Posted: 10.05.2016
 
The Huffington Post Carol Kuruvilla Associate Religion Editor The task of healing humanity may seem too lofty a goal for some. But Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is not the kind of man who is easily deterred. The Dalai Lama has teamed up with renowned psychologist Dr. Paul Ekman to build an “Atlas of Emotions” that aims to map out all of the feelings that a human can experience. The interactive online...
Posted: 25.03.2016
 
The Huffington Post Shailesh Andrade / Reuters Holi is the Hindu festival of colors, celebrating the onset of spring. Holi (also known as Dol Jatra , Basantotsav ) is the Hindu festival of colors . It is celebrated at the end of the winter season, on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna . In 2016, Holi falls on March 23-24. Holi is observed with great fanfare by Hindus all over the world, with...
Posted: 15.03.2016
 
The Huffington Post 03/14/2016 06:10 pm ET Getty Although Albert Einstein is best known for his scientific achievements, his personal writings also reveal a good deal of wonder about the possibility of a higher power. Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 to a secular Jewish family in Germany. Although he experienced a short burst of religiosity when he was 12 -- composing songs in praise of God and keeping...
Posted: 03.02.2016
 
The Huffington Post 02/02/2016 05:26 pm ET Carol Kuruvilla Religion Associate Editor, The Huffington Post "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the Mysterious." When President Barack Obama nominated the Christian geneticist Francis Collins to head the National Institutes of Health in 2009, some American scientists questioned whether someone who professed a strong belief in God was qualified to lead the...
Posted: 30.01.2016
 
The Huffington Post 01/29/2016 07:32 am ET Yusuf Islam / Cat Stevens Musician, Artist, Writer, Producer and Philanthropist Cat Stevens As we settle down into the grip of another New Year, the past slips further away into obscurity and I am soberly having to grapple with the fact that many youngsters' ears have never even heard the Beatles song, "Yesterday." It's an ominous sign of age creeping up and tapping...
Posted: 17.11.2015
 
The Huffington Post "These attackers do not follow the beliefs of any religion. The ideology of terrorists is hate." Dominique Mosbergen Senior Writer, The Huffington Post Posted: 11/16/2015 12:25 AM EST | Edited: 11/16/2015 10:49 AM EST "Whoever kills an innocent person, it is as though he has killed all of mankind," tweeted London-based journalist Shehnaz Khan on Friday, quoting the Quran. Khan also included...
Posted: 10.09.2015
By Dr. Manoj Jain
The Huffington Post Posted: 09/09/2015 8:37 am EDT Our global economic and political system is the root cause of the problem, so instead of blaming Europe, let's fix the problem As we watch millions of refugees struggling to survive, hundreds of thousands of them seeking refuge in a Europe which has by and large shut its doors to them, it is all too easy for those in the U.S. to piously implore the Europeans to...
Posted: 03.09.2015
By Dr. Manoj Jain
The Huffington Post Last month, a deeply religious man in India ended his life in a way that has been practiced for millennia by devout members of the Jain religion. His death made headlines when a state court in Rajasthan declared the practice, known as Santhara, illegal. The Jain community responded with protests, and the Indian Supreme Court ended up reversing the order until further deliberations. Few may...
Posted: 03.07.2015
 
The Huffington Post The Jain Art of Spiritual Dying By Yogendra Jain Death can happen at any time. If you were on a plane that was about to crash and had no hope of surviving, what would your last thoughts be? Besides getting into a safer position in your seat, would you remember your family, your life, or the possibility of an afterlife? The art of living well is prescribed by almost all religions, but Jainism...
Posted: 30.10.2014
 
The Huffington Post Kathy Stevens, Founder and director, Catskill Animal Sanctuary Posted: 03/10/2014 11:03 am EDT Updated: 05/10/2014 5:59 am EDT I'm making a prediction: America will be vegan by 2050. Sound preposterous? Not if we work together to make it happen. Consider that until the 1900s millions of young children worked in our factories... and how untenable that would be today. Consider that a country...
Posted: 03.08.2013
By Brett Evans
The Huffington Post 29.07.2013 Increasing numbers of Americans are becoming aware of the violence that our industrial food system inflicts upon humans, nonhumans, and the environment. Contemporary bestsellers like Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma , Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation and Peter Singer's Animal Liberation have all become foundational texts in the growing movements that are responding...
Posted: 23.07.2013
By Anop R. Vora
The Huffington Post 17.07.2013 In day-to-day life, we are bound to come across situations that make us angry: a disagreement with our spouse, frustration at work, disappointment with our children, harassment at a social event, jealousy at a classmate's success, and our own unmet expectations. These and other experiences act as catalysts that trigger anger within us. Some of these situations are within our...
Posted: 25.06.2013
By Dr. Michael Tobias
The Huffington Post 18.06.2013 I first discovered the Jain world while approaching a gleaming white marble temple in Central India over 40 years ago. This gorgeous architectural wonder sat quietly in a remote town, a great variety of birds, Gray Hanuman Langurs, bovines, and camels roaming about. I removed my tennis shoes and socks at the entrance and then proceeded into the temple courtyard. A lovely elder...
Posted: 08.04.2013
 
The Huffington Post With influential figures like former President Bill Clinton announcing his enthusiasm for a vegan diet, and celebs like Justin Timberlake singing " Bring it on down to Veganvill ", it would seem that veganism is entering the mainstream. Need more proof? According to Google Trends, public interest in a vegan diet is higher than ever before. The neat little graphic below shows the increase in...
Posted: 27.03.2013
By Dr. Manoj Jain
The Huffington Post A few weeks ago, as I watched the white helicopter rise above St. Peter's Basilica and carry the pontiff emeritus to a life of seclusion, I was reminded of Hindu and Jain saints who withdraw from the world and live a renounced life. With his last words on March 1, "I am no longer the pope... I'm just a pilgrim who is starting the last part of his pilgrimage on this earth," then-Pope Benedict...
Posted: 23.01.2013
 
The Huffington Post 14.01.2013 By J.J. Craig This past July, I saw the Jain spiritual leader Gurudev Shri Chitrabanuji speak at the Young Jains of America convention in Tampa, Florida. He was on stage in front of an audience of nearly 700 Jain teenagers. Before he spoke, he was presented with a vegan cupcake to celebrate his 90th birthday. Why a vegan cupcake as a birthday present, I wondered? The former monk...
Posted: 29.01.2012
By Anop R. Vora
The Huffington Post Posted: 12/27/2012 3:25 pm The rampage that occurred on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., utterly shocked the whole nation, including the 100,000 Jains who live in North America. Most of the 26 people killed were energetic young children who will never get to explore the joy of human life. What can we do moving forward to prevent this tragedy from happening again? As President Obama has said,...
Posted: 05.12.2011
By Dr. Pankaj Jain
The Huffington Post An eminent scholar recently came to our university campus and spoke about the role of diverse religious communities of the world and their attitudes toward the environment. He showed examples from several indigenous communities from the North America, South America, Africa and Asia. However, when he referred to the traditions of India, he used these words: "India has the most bizarre culture...
Posted: 30.11.2011
By Dr. Pankaj Jain
The Huffington Post Jain Dharma Goes Beyond Religion Religion is derived from Latin word religio meaning reverence or conscientiousness. It also means Res (With regard to) + legere (to gather) and Re (again) + lego (read). Hence, etymologically "religion" is meant to gather a community to read the Holy Book and to have reverence for the Holy God. This unique focus on the book and God makes a religion...
Posted: 13.05.2010
 
The Huffington Post The word guru is derived from the Sanskrit gu meaning "darkness" and ru meaning "the remover of." A religious guru is a role model, a manifestation of what is possible, dispelling spiritual ignorance (darkness) and offering us a roadmap of how to attain that pinnacle of contentment. My guru Acharya Mahapragyaji, the tenth Acharya (spiritual leader) of the Jain Shwetambar Terapanth sect,...

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