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The 2016 LMU Jaina Yoga Class trip to India
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International Summer School for Jain Studies

 
"ISSJS gives students and scholars to learn in India directly from practitioners and professors of the Jaina faith.  The travel within India and the visits to Jaina sacred sites provide unparalleled learning opportunities."
Christopher Key Chapple, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology, Loyola Marymount University


"I highly recommend the ISSJS program as it provides an excellent and exciting adventure for diving headlong into the study of Jainism through the experience of travel, invaluable first-hand encounter, and a wide and thorough array of learning opportunities. You'll love this experience, and also discover the staff to be most accommodating and friendly."

~Michael Reading, PhD Candidiate, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont University‌‌‌‌


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Contact Mayuri Bhandari, USA Program Coordinator, with your questions and inquiries 


  • YGST 6041 - Jaina Yoga

    YGST 6041 - Jaina Yoga
    July 1 - 21, 2017
    New Delhi, Old Delhi, Trilok Teerth, Badagaon Ladnun

    Each summer, the Yoga Studies cohort travels to India to join the International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) for a summer program that focuses on the Jain traditions of Yoga including Preksha meditation and its emphasis on nonviolence. This course immerses the students in Jainism through philosophy, ethics, cosmology, and art.

    Jainism developed more than 2500 years ago on the Indian subcontinent. Jainism is best known for its emphasis on the practice of nonviolence and its related bio-cosmographical theories. In this course we will learn about the basic principles and practices of the Jaina faith and how they intersect with Yoga traditions and Buddhism. 

    Learning outcomes: Students will become familiar with core Jaina teachings on karma, the soul, devotional practices, and meditation techniques. They will know the key historical phases of Jainism and how Jainism adapted the ideas of Yoga throughout.

    Course Requirements: Students will read both primary and secondary materials on Jainism. Students will reside in India during this course and can expect the attend a three hour lecture each morning at the Vallabh Jain Mandir in Alipur, North Delhi. Midway in the course we will take up the same schedule at the Jain Study Center adjacent to Central Park in Jaipur, Rajasthan. 

  • Teaching for Peace

    TEACHING FOR PEACE: An Indian Immersion Experience into Practical Nonviolence 
    July 8 - July 28, 2017
    Travel to Delhi, Jalgaon, Jaipur & Pune, India

    This unique 3 week program is designed for all educators who wish to integrate nonviolence, ahimsa, into their lives, classrooms, and schools!
    Transforming the world begins with transforming individuals and this program seeks to inspire individuals with the power of ahimsa. Because the most meaningful learning often comes from experience, this program will turn India into a classroom where participants are immersed in a lifestyle of ahimsa for the duration of the program. They will have the opportunity to relfect on its relevance to their own lives and that of their students, and collaborate with other educators on bringing ahimsa into their lives, the classroom, and on a larger scale, the world.

    More information on the Teaching for Peace Program

    3 Credit Units Available

    Application Deadline: February 14, 2017 (Rolling Admission)

    After my first exposure to ahimsa (nonviolence) in 2012, I was personally and professionally transformed.  I found a new passion and purpose in teaching, but I lacked the knowledge and experience to bring it back to my classroom.  Teaching for Peace was developed to give teachers the tools for personal reflection and a renewed purpose in teaching, while also offering the flexibility to decide what is relevant to their students' lives.  Colman McCarthy wrote that "If we don't teach our children peace, someone else will teach them violence."  Teaching for Peace aims to equip teachers for that awesome task. 
    ~Laura Hirshfield, Program Co-Founder

    jain peace flyer

  • 4 - Week Program

    4-Week Jain Studies Program
    June 11 – July 8, 2017
    Travel to Delhi, Jaipur & Aligarh, India

    This four weeks intermediate level program is designed to cater to the needs of third and fourth year undergraduate students, graduate students, degree holders, PhD Candidates, Professors and faculty in Religion, Philosophy, South Asian Studies and Anthropology and other related subjects (history, art, music, public health, bio-ethics, education, management etc.) who desire to learn about Jainism as a part of their higher education.

    For earning 3 credit units from Mangalayatan University, you don't have to pay any additional fee. However there is a surcharge of US$25 in case your university wishes us to courier the grade sheet from Mangalayatan University directly.

    • This program is available to students registered with any university as undergraduate or graduate student.
    • ISJS provides full lodging (twin shared air cooled rooms) (AC rooms in Delhi), boarding (Jain vegetarian wholesome food) and inland travel in India associated with the program.
    • All other costs including air travel to India and back, visa and medical insurance, stay in India prior to or after the program and all personal expenses including medical and toiletries are to be borne by the candidate himself/herself.
    • An acceptance fee of US$200 is payable in advance by check or electronic transfer to ISJS India when an admission is offered to you and you accept to attend the program. This amount will be adjusted with your fee ($650) on your arrival in India i.e. you need to pay $450 (remaining balance).
    • ISJS does not provide any stipend or financial assistance to any participant of this program.
    • There is an option to study one Jain text concerning ethics if more than five students opt for it.
    • There will be break of three days mid way for participants to explore nearby touristic places on their expense.
    • Please apply on www.isjs.in for admission.

    Application Deadline: February 14, 2017 (Rolling Admission)
    Jain 4 week

  • 6 - Week Program

    6 Week Jain Studies Program 
    June 11 – July 22, 2017
    Travel to Delhi, Jaipur & Indore, India

    This six weeks advanced program is designed for serious and motivated Graduate and PhD students, Post Doctoral scholars and full time teaching cum research faculty involved in religion, South Asian religions or studies and languages, anthropology, theology and allied subjects

    For earning 4 credit units from Mangalayatan University, you don't have to pay any additional fee. However there is a surcharge of US$25 in case your university wishes us to courier the grade sheet from Mangalayatan University directly.

    • ISJS provides full lodging (twin shared air cooled rooms), boarding (Jain vegetarian wholesome food) and inland travel in India associated with the program. AC rooms in Delhi shall be provided at no cost.
    • All other costs including visa and medical insurance stay in India prior to or after the program and all personal expenses including medical and toiletries are to be borne by the candidate himself / herself.
    • ** This fee of US$ 750 is payable by you on arrival in India. However MVI will refund this fee to you by check payable in USA after successful completion of the program.
    • An acceptance fee of US$200 is payable in advance to ISJS India by you as a check or electronic transfer which is adjustable in your course fee.
    • There will be a mid-program break of three days for you to explore nearby touristic places on your own expense.
    • This year one week will be spent on reading a Jain text on ethics with an experienced language and philosophy teacher.
    • Apply online www.isjs.in

    Application Deadline: February 14, 2017 (Rolling Admission)

    Jain 6 week