Ahimsa is a Sanskrit term for nonviolence (literally, "do not injure"). A foundational concept in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism, ahimsa is based on the premise that all living beings share the same divine spiritual energy. Since all beings share this connection, to harm another being physically, emotionally, or verbally is to harm oneself.
To celebrate the 144th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and the newly-enacted law SB 38 designating the first full week of October as Nonviolence Week in Ohio, the Jain Center of Central Ohio is holding an interfaith celebration of ahimsa on Saturday, October 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. The Jain Center is located at 6683 S. Old State Road in Lewis Center.
Speakers will include:
- Mr. David Jehnsen, Director for the Institute of Human Rights and Responsibilities
- Rev. Rebecca J. Tollefson, Executive Director, Ohio Council of Churches
- Dr. Derek Heyman, Vice President, Buddhist Network of Central Ohio
- Mr. Anish Doshi, Vice President, Jain Center of Central Ohio
- Mr. Apurva Patel
Several young adults from the Jain Center will also speak at the celebration and share their thoughts about ahimsa.
The event is free and everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. To ensure that there is enough seating, please RSVP by October 4 to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.