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JAINA Program, Prayers & Blessings for the 2004 Parliament Of The World's Religions

Published: 02.07.2004
Updated: 02.07.2015

JAINA Program, Prayers & Blessings for the 2004 Parliament Of The World's Religions


Pathways to Peace

Jain Prayers and Blessing

Obeisance Prayer

I bow and seek inspiration from the perfect souls, liberated souls, religious leaders, religious teachers, and all monks and nuns in the world. These five obeisances erase all sins. Offering this obeisance is the most auspicious of all benedictions. [Editors, see also: Namokar Mantra]

Forgiveness Prayer

I grant forgiveness to all living beings. May all living beings grant me forgiveness. My friendship is with all living beings. I have no animosity towards any beings.

Divine Refuge Prayer

I take refuge in the four auspicious and supreme entities of perfected souls, liberated souls, ascetics and the religion expounded by the enlightened.

Universal Blessing Prayer

May the entire universe be blessed. May all beings engage in other's well being. May all weakness, sickness and faults diminish. May everyone and everywhere be healthy, peaceful and blissful.

Program

Date

Time

Location

Program Description

Speakers

07.07.04
Wednesday
17:00 - 19:00 Auditorium Opening Plenary Session: Jain Blessing
Recital of Jain prayers and blessings: Obeisance Prayer, Forgiveness Prayer, Divine Refuge Prayer, and Universal Blessings Prayer.)
HH Amrender Muni
HH Devendrakeerty
Samani Pratibha Pragya
Samani Punya Pragya
08.07.04
Thursday
9:30 - 11:00 Room 123
English
The Influence of Religion on Mahatma Gandhi
This lecture explores what helped Mahatma Gandhi in learning the philosophy of nonviolence and techniques of passive resistance and civil disobedience.
Dr. Vinod Kapashi
Mr. Jyotindra Doshi
08.07.04
Thursday
11:30 - 13:00 Room 120
English
Spanish
Spiritual Democracy of Jainism - A Precursor of Interfaith Movement
The presenter will discuss 'Relative Pluralism' an important teaching of Jainism which aims to resolve differing viewpoints for creating a harmonious society.
Dr. Natubhai Shah
08.07.04
Thursday
11:30 - 13:00 Room 123
English
Commitment to Harmony for a Peaceful World
A revered Jain monk and an activist will discuss how religion can become a dynamic contributor to a happier pluralistic human community.
Swamiji Devendrakeerty
Mr. Sudhir Shah
08.07.04
Thursday
15:00 - 16:30 Room 123
English
Spanish
Dealing with Anger Compassionately
An interactive workshop discussing how to express anger without feeling of guilt or blame, and much more..
Dr. Hema Pokharna
Dr. Manda Pokharna
09.07.04
Friday
11:30 - 13:00 Room 115
English
The Ethics of Speaking and Listening
The interfaith forum will articulate the issue of speaking and listening as spiritual practice in world's religious traditions.
Ms. Mirka Knaster
Dr. Hema Pokharna
and other presenters
10.07.04
Saturday
9:30 - 11:00 Room 123
English
Peace Equanimity and Stress-free Life by way of Chanting Sacred Hymns
This session will include chanting of mantras, explanation of words and philosophy; and experiencing the divine sound and vibrations.
HH Amrender Muniji
Dr. Vinod Kapashi
10.07.04
Saturday
9:30 - 11:00 Room 124
English
A Holistic Jain Approach to Peace with Reference to the Role of Women.
The presentation will include examples of how women can make the society more compassionate.
A practicing nun will explain their role in developing a peaceful society.
Mrs. Raksha Shah
Samani Pratibha Pragya
11.07.04
Sunday
9:30 - 11:00 Multiuse- Room CCIB (1800)
English
Spanish
Catalan
Unity of Minds: A Congregation of Spiritual Leaders with the President of India
Dr. Abdul Kalam, President of lndia, celebrated his 73rd birthday with 15 spiritual leaders. This presentation reviews the background of this event, includes the video presentation of the actual birthday party, explains the action plan for righteousness and eradication of poverty by 2020, a recent follow-up by the President; and responses from religious leaders.
Mr. Naresh Jain
Mr. Anop Vora
Samani Pratibha Pragya
Samani Punya Pragya
Master Nirav Shah
11.07.04
Sunday
15:00 - 16:30 Room 130
English
Spanish
Commitment to Non-possessiveness for a Better World
The presenter will discuss the religious teachings which promote self-discipline, self- control and self-restraint for a better world.
Mr. Chetanya Kasyap
12.07.04
Monday
11:30 - 13:00 Room 120
English
Role of Religion to Protect the Earth
This presentation will explore how religion can be a powerful ally for an environmentally sustainable earth.
Mr. Naresh Jain
Mr. Pravin Shah
12.07.04
Monday
15:00 - 16:30 Room 134
English
Meditation for Inner Happiness
This interactive session will demonstrate the process of meditation including breathing techniques, sound vibrations and feel for the flow of energy.
HH Amrender Muniji
Mr. Jyotindra Doshi
12.07.04
Monday
15:00 - 16:30 Room 111
English
Spanish
Catalan
Role of Religion to Eliminate Poverty
The panelists will highlight the role which can be played by religious comrnunities to improve the lives of the needy.
Swamiji Devendrakeerty
Dr. Vinod Kapashi
Mary Kirchen
Pradeep Ramlal
13.07.04
Tuesday
8:00 - 9:00 Room 122
English
Spanish
Hindi
Jain Prayers, Yoga and Meditation
The moming observance will include recital of mantras and prayers; and demonstration of yogic exercises and meditation.
Samani Punya Pragya
13.07.04
Tuesday
9:30 - 11:00 Room 123
English
Global Peace and Leadership: A Jain Perspective.
The presenters will discuss the role that can be played by the teachings of nonviolence and the multiplicity of viewpoints in Jainism for promoting peace and sustaining leadership globally.
Swamiji Devendrakeerty
Mr. Anop Vora
Mr. Naresh Jain
13.07.04
Tuesday
11:30 - 13:00 Room 132
English
Spanish
Active Nonviolence - The Pathway to Peace
The inter-religious panel will discuss the divine web of interdependence that needs to be built through the practice of compassion and mutual respect; and address the critical issues of finding a peaceful path.
Mr. Naresh Jain
Mr. John Ishvardas-Abdullah
Mr. Robert Stuckey
Ms. Linda Groff
13.07.04
Tuesday
11:30 - 13:00 Room 123
English
Comparative Religion for Understanding the Other
This acclaimed presentation will highlight the similarities and philosophical differences of the world's major faiths including; Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Shinto, Taoism and Confucianism.
Mr. Pravin Shah
13.07.04
Tuesday
11:30 - 13:00 Room 123
English
Self Discipline, Peace and Spiritual Growth
A talk to explore the practical applications and challenges of non-possessiveness or self-restraint for individual normal growth and its relevance to the society.
Mrs. Raksha Shah
Mr. Sudhir Shah
Sources
Federation of Jain Associations in North America [JAINA]
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