January 2017 YJA Pathshala Content
The first set of materials for YJA Pathshala is now available at!

YJA Pathshala: an online self-paced course for learning more about Jainism. Intended for youth ages 16-29 who cannot regularly access a traditional pathshala, these materials will provide a basic foundational understanding of Jain principles and practice. Extensive prior knowledge of Jainism is not required.

Below, you will find the first set of content for YJA Pathshala. Fill out the interest form to receive emails when new materials are launched.

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Why Pathshala? Understanding of the meaning behind prayers, rituals and practice will make visits to temple more fulfilling and Jain practice more relevant to your day to day choices and actions. We hope that participants can take what they learn through the Pathshala and apply it to consider their own actions through the lenses of Jain principles such as non-violence, compassion and honesty.

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With #yjalove,
Anjali Doshi
Director of Education, 2016-17

Jainism 101 and Jain Principles (January 2017)
The theme for this month is Jainism 101 and basic Jain principles. This month's material will get you oriented by giving you a high-level overview of Jainism and its most fundamental tenets, including the 3 A's, 5 major principles, and central concepts like karma and moksha. Whether you have encountered these principles many times before and are just refreshing your memory or they are entirely new to you, don't forget to take time to think about how you can apply them!
Watch this 2 minute video on Jainism 101.
Watch Video
Listen to the first episode of the YJA Pathshala podcast.
Listen to Podcast
Discuss what you've learned on YJA Forums!
Post on Forums
Read through this 3 page information sheet.
Read Handout
Review the material with these flashcards.
Self Check + Survey
Check your understanding with this anonymous self check + survey.
Check Your Understanding
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