An International Symposium:

Ahimsa and Aparigraha in Contemporary Contexts
Co-sponsored by JAINA
July 3, 2005

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Ahimsa Center at Cal Poly Pomona presents an international symposium featuring scholars and participants from all around the world. The purpose of this symposium is to examine the multiple dimensions of ahimsa (nonviolence) and aparigraha (nonpossession or simplicity) in Jainism, and explore their practical significance in the contemporary social, political and ecological contexts—especially, in addressing the problems of violence, exploitation, consumerism and poverty in our world.

Time & Location Top

  • Sunday, July 3, 2005; 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Winchester Room, Westin Santa Clara, CA

Symposium Schedule Top

7:30 a.m. Symposium Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40 a.m. Welcome Remarks
Anop Vora, President, JAINA
8:40 - 8:50 a.m. Felicitation and Recognition
Honoring Pratap Bhogilal for his leadership in promoting Jain Studies
Prem Jain, Cisco Systems
8:50 - 9:00 a.m. Jain Studies: A Vision for the Future
Pratap Bhogilal, Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology, India
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Introduction to the Symposium
Tara Sethia, Director, Ahimsa Center, Cal Poly Pomona
9:00 -10:15 a.m Session 1: Ahimsa and Aparigraha in Jain Art
: Tara Sethia
Picturing Virtues: Ahimsa and Aparigraha in Art
Robert J. Del Bontà, Independent Scholar and Art Historian, San Francisco
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Session 2: Ahimsa and Aparigraha in Jain Literature
: Jasvant Modi, Ajit Healthcare Inc., Los Angleles
Supatra and Kupatra: Jain Debates on Fruits of Giving
Peter Flugel, University of London, UK

Jain Discourses of Ahimsa, Aparigraha and Power: Sadhvis, Feminism and Body
Anne Vallely, University of Ottawa, Canada
11:45 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 p.m Session 3: Reflections on Aparigraha and Ahimsa in Jain Tradition
Bipin Shah, INC3 Ventures, Santa Clara
  Aparigraha, Consumerism and the Environment
Surendra Bothara, Prakrit Bharti Academy, Jaipur, India
Enough is Enough! Conquering Parigraha
Kristi Wiley, University of California, Berkeley
2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. Session 4: Re-enacting Aparigraha and Ahimsa in the Contexts of Globalization
: Hema Pokharana, University of Chicago
Ecological Nonviolence: A Global Assessment
Michael Tobias, Independent Scholar, Film Producer, Los Angeles
Ahimsa and Health Care Ethics
Cromwell Crawford, University of Hawaii at Manoa
3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Break
4:15 - 6:15 p.m. Session 5: Ahimsa, Aparigraha and the World of Business
Moderator : Parveen Jain, McAfee, Inc .
The Value of Ahimsa in Corporate Culture
Jagdish N. Sheth, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Ahimsa and Business Leadership
Shailesh J. Mehta, Granite Hill Capital Ventures, CA
Business Ethics and Social Responsibility: Learning from Gandhi
Nirmal Sethia, Cal Poly Pomona
Pursuit of Ahimsa: Lessons from the Business World
Navindra Jain, Los Gatos, CA
6:15 p.m. Concluding Remarks
Tara Sethia
6:30 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Evening Entertainment Program by Anuradha Podwal and Manhar Udhas


Symposium Speakers Top

Pratap Bhogilal Surendra Bothara Cromwell Crawford
Robert J. Del Bontà Peter Fluegel Navindra Jain
Prem Jain Shailesh J. Mehta Nirmal Sethia
Tara Sethia Jagdish N. Sheth Michael Tobias
Anne Vallely Anop R. Vora Kristi L. Wiley

Symposium Moderators Top

Parveen K. Jain Jasvant Modi Hema Pokharna
Bipin Shah    


Registration Details Top

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Symposium Registration Fee is $79 and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening entertainment program on July 3. If you are registered for JAINA convention, you do not need to pay any additional fee. If you wish to register for symposium only, please make a check for $79 payable to JAINA and mail it to the following address along with a completed registration form: JAINA Convention 2005, P.O. Box 630, Cupertino, CA 95015-0630, USA

For more information about the symposium, please contact Symposium convener, Professor Tara Sethia at (909) 869-3868 or


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