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					                      Understanding Jainism Programme
                                           July 23 to Aug. 13, 2008

Jain Vishva Bharati University (JVBU): A Profile
Jain Vishva Bharati University as an University of higher learning and research blended with spirituality, which
came into existence in 1991. JVBU’s avowed aim is to integrate academic knowledge and its application for
evolving a new social pattern based on non-violence and peace.
“Nanassa Saram Ayaro — Right conduct is the essence of knowledge.” This spiritual voice of Lord Mahaviara
is the motto of the University. Every programme and every activity is directed towards the realisation of this
motto. The goal of the JVBU has been clearly spelt out in the preamble of JVBU constitution (Memorandum
and Articles of Association) which reads as under:
The Jain Vishva Bharati University is an endeavour in the direction of putting into practice, to promote and
propagate the high ideals of Anekant (Non-absolutist outlook), Ahimsa (Non-violence), tolerance and peaceful
co-existence for the well being of mankind.
The mission is to integrate modern science with ancient wisdom given to us by great spiritual practitioners and
visionary seers. The Institution seeks to interweave moral & spiritual norms and values with the materialistic
and economic fibers of mankind to foster and develop universal human relationships for the peaceful co-
existence of individuals, groups, communities, sects, races, sexes, religions, nations and peoples.
The University provides reverential study courses in Jainology; in Comparative Philosophy & Religion, Non-violence and
Peace Science of Living, Preksha Meditation and Yoga, Prakrit and Jain Agamas and Social Work for development of a
more balanced human being and humanity. And also on line courses for students residing abroard/ India on Jainology &
Comparative studies.
The Understanding Jainism Programme (UJP) of the JVBU emphasizes Jain Philosophy, Ethics, Meditation,
Art & Architecture and life-style in India. It is interdisciplinary in nature, with participating faculty of the
Humanities, Social Sciences and Linguistics.
Objectives
   i.   To understand the concept and ideas of Jainism.
   ii. To develop understanding and attitude of nonviolence.
   iii. To familiarize the participants with the philosophy of creative nonviolence in India.
   iv. To impart training of Preksha Meditation for emotionally balanced life-style.
   v. To establish the importance and relevance of amity for the survival of living being.
Why join UJP at JVBU

There are many reasons why someone would want to join UJP at JVBU. Salient features and some of the
distinct advantages of the programme are —
       Well renowned faculties & experts
       Economical & viable tuition fee
       A modular academic/training programme structured on the basis of semester system
       Facility of meditation & yoga training centre.
       Well-equipped computer centre
       E-mail, internet facilities
       A pollution free, nature endowed and spiritual campus.
       A location that is easily accessible to the four cities - Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer & Bikaner.
       Indigenous set up of the township. .


Who can apply?

The program is aimed for foreign students provided they meet the general prerequisite of proficiency in
English. The following could be possible applicants:
       Universities and their international study divisions or study abroad programmes.
       Departments of Universities
       Institutions with South Asian Studies programme
       Higher education Universitys or Council of International Education
       NRI groups or associations
       Trade & Business Delegations or groups
       Individual students.


Course Credits

The programme has three credits in a 3-week duration. The number of credits a student can take in this
programme depends on the agreements with individual students or agreement reached with the University or
participating institution.


Course Content


Sl. 8.00-9.00 A.M.               9.10-10.10 A.M.                     10.20-11.20
    Jainism                      Science of Living,                  Non-violence
                                 Preksha Meditation & Yoga           & Peace
1.   Introduction                Science of Living – an              Introduction: What is
     to Jainism                  innovative system of Education      meant by Violence and Non-violence

2.   Life of Mahavira            Physiology of SOL                   Socio-Structural Dimension
                                                                     of Violence
3.   Jain Prayer and Mantra      Methodology of SOL -                Conceptual Development of
                                 Preksha Meditation                  Non-violence
4.   Jain Literature            Scientific foundation of         Non-violence in Jainism
                                Preksha Meditation               and Buddhism
5.   Jain Life -style: Life     Preksha Meditation for           The modular structure of
     of a householder           health management                the programme
6.   Jain Asceticism            Self management through          Gandhian View of
                                Preksha Meditation               Non-violence
7.   Jain Festivals             Personality development          Acharya Mahaprajna’s
                                and Preksha Meditation           Contribution to concept of
                                                                 Non-violence
8.   Jain Symbols               Anuvratas- their relevance       Role of women in
                                and philosophy                   maintaining peace of
                                                                 family.
9.   Jain rituals               Scientific foundations of        Non-violence and
                                Anuvratas                        Environmental Protection
10. Jain Ceremonies             Stress Management through        Living in Harmony with
                                Preksha Meditation               Nature
11. Nine tattvas-I              Preksha-yoga therapy             Training in Non-violence:
                                                                 An Introduction
12. Nine tattvas-II             Mind-Body communication          Training in Non-violence:
                                and healing- impact of           Change in Heart
                                Preksha-yoga
13. Karma Theory-I              Science of Living and Human      Training in Non-violence:
                                Resource Management              Change in Attitude
14. Karma Theory-II             Emotions and Meditation          Economics of Non-violence
15. Jain Cosmology              Value Education and              Indian Traditional Mechanisms
                                Science of Living                for Redressal of Conflicts
                                                                 (Time may be extended upto 2-3 hrs.)

16. Three jewels                Spiritual growth through         Jain Concept of
                                Science of Living                 reconciliation (Anekant)
17. Jain Theory of              Deaddiction and Rehabilita-      Non-violent Communication
    Knowledge                   tion through SOL                 (Time may be extended upto 2-3 hrs.)

18. Art of Dying–Santhara       Work efficiency and goal         Peace March: Ahimsa Yatra.
                                achievement through SOL


Other highlights of the Programme

     i. Visit to historical places in and around Ladnun.
     ii. Interaction with spiritual leaders, Jain monks and nuns, journalists, intellectuals, scientists and
         Gandhian activists.


Qualifying Conditions:

        The course will be held in smoke free campus. Only those who can abstain from smoking should apply.
        No alcoholic drinks, tobacco are permitted in the campus.
        Only vegetarian food is served and allowed in the campus.
Facilities Provided

Boarding and Lodging arrangements for students joining the UJP will be made in the campus.


Fee Structure

Fee for 3-week course including boarding and lodging is of US $ 500, concession is also available on special
request.


Location

The University is located in Ladnun, a small township in the Nagaur District of Rajasthan (India), representing
the ancient Indian Gurukul tradition. Its smoke, drug and pollution-free campus provides an excellent
environment for studies and research. Surrounded by sand dunes, it has a green leafy setting and peaceful
atmosphere, which can make a person forget the hustle and bustle of cities and tensions of a busy industrial
life.
Ladnun is 380 kms. west of Delhi, the Capital city of India, and 215 kms. North West of Jaipur, which is known
as the Pink City and the Capital of the State of Rajasthan. It is well served by deluxe and express bus services
from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Udaipur, Delhi and other cities. The nearest airports are Jaipur and Jodhpur.
                                           Jain Vishva Bharati University
                                            Ladnun-341 306 (Rajasthan), India
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                                         Session will Start on July 23 to August 13, 2008.
N.B. :     On request, this course may be organized in other time also depending upon the suitability and
number of candidates.