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My Last Day as a Jain

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Jainism. Wow, what a trip huh? This has not been the most popular month, however it is one of the most controversial. Simply put, it’s hard living as an ascetic, but twice as hard doing it while part of a […]

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So, Why Not Jainism?

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The Jain philosophy is not very popular, according to my stats this month. Maybe folks just aren’t interested, or I’m doing a poor job in presenting this path. Perhaps it’s both. I’ve asked myself “why” all month, why this Jain […]

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Did Jainism Help Shape the American Civil Rights Movement?

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The American Civil Rights movement during the mid 1950’s to early 70’s marked one of the most tumultuous periods of social change and unrest in American history. A wave of political and social conservatism consumed the national attention during the […]

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Today, I Mourn for our Species

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I haven’t been a perfect Jain this month. I’ve slipped, given into temptation…I even enjoyed a little bit of grandma’s famous Thanksgiving cooking yesterday, but today, I’m proud to be a Jain and saddened by humanity. Last night, my wife […]

Fasting for Thanksgiving. A Jain Perspective

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Once upon a time, Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday. It wasn’t because of how grateful I was or that I could spend time with family. I loved Thanksgiving because it’s one of those times of year many Americans gorge themselves […]

Nature as Mentor. Can Nature Teach Us Spiritual Concepts?

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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 […]

Meditations on my Birthday.

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Help Save the Jain Center of Greater Phoenix

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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 […]

How Killing an Ant Changed My Perspective.

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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 […]

How I Faced Death and Why You Should Too.

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Yesterday, I asked the Congregation what they would do if they knew without a shadow of a doubt that they only had one more month to live. The answers were what one might expect. Spend more time with family, travel, […]

My Beloved Wife: Best Friend, Devoted Mother, and Temptress

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Practicing as a Jain ascetic this month, I took certain vows. The five most important being: Ahimsa (Non-injury) Always tell the truth Do not steal Celibacy Non-possession So far I’ve done pretty well. I even took on the practice of […]

Jains: Masters of the Fast

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Fasting, the act of abstaining from food, drink, or really anything else for a prescribed amount of time, is a time-honored practice in many faiths. In February, I fasted for a day after I found out about my Hindu Mentor’s […]

Animal Rights: A Jain Legacy

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“To kill any living being amounts to killing one’s self. Compassion to others is compassion to one’s own self. Therefore one should avoid violence like poison and thorn.” –Mahavira It’s no secret that Jain philosophy is big on ahimsa (non-injury), […]

Married…to a monk?

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Today’s post is by my wife, Heather, as a recap of the week. Enjoy.   Today marks the end of my first week of being married to a monk. Married to a monk…that doesn’t even make sense. Monks don’t get […]

Who Was Mahavira and What is a Tirthankara?

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Mahavira, like so many who change the world, was just a humble man. Born around 599 B.C.E at Kshatriyakund in what is now northeastern India, the man who would reintroduce the world to the teachings of the jina (one who […]

My Wife Snaps and Project Conversion Reaches the Edge…Or does it?

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Yesterday, after 10 months and 3 days, my wife snapped. Since many monastic Jains do not typically bathe and I have opted to observe the monastic vows this month, this means I would not bathe either. The idea stems from […]

Jain Philosophy and Way of Life

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The Jain laity makes up the vast majority of the faith’s numbers and is responsible for supporting the Sadhus/Sadhvis. Most of the world’s Jains live in various parts of India depending on their sect. What is important to note about […]

The Jain Monastic Life: Liberation or Bust.

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Depending on your source, there are between 4 and 10 million Jains in the world, making it one of the smallest of the world’s religions. Out of those numbers, only a small fraction become Sadhus or Sadhvis (monks and nuns, […]

My First Day as a Jain Monk

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According to legend, after Siddhartha Gautama (Lord Buddha) abandoned palace life in search of truth, he spent six years learning from many teachers and practicing harsh asceticism. In fact, his path of asceticism was so intense, that after years of […]

Samhain and My Last Day with Wicca

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Last night many Wiccans and Pagans alike celebrated Samhain, the last fall festival of the year when the God dies and travels to the Summerlands (thus life begins to fade from the land), and a new annual cycle begins. This […]

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