Uberoi Foundation Grant Facilitates Non-Violence Program
Summer in India Program Offers
High School Teachers In-Depth Education in Nonviolence
Fifty American High School Teachers will receive an in-depth summer education in non-violence, thanks to a special program facilitated by the Center for Jain Studies at Claremont Lincoln University. From July 15 through August 7, the teachers will study in Delhi, Aligarh, and Jaipur, to gain a multifaceted understanding of ahimsa, the Jain principle of non-violence practiced, most famously, by Mahatma Gandhi.
The brutality of much of the world’s past and present highlights the critical need for alternate means of resolving conflicts. Nonviolence (ahimsa in Sanskrit) is a powerful tool for responding to conflict and creating change. Not to be confused with pacifism, it is constructive, fearless, empowering, and above all, inspiring work. Transforming the world begins with transforming individuals, and this program will turn India into a classroom where participants are immersed in a lifestyle of ahimsa.
“At Claremont Lincoln University students learn from the wisdom of the world’s religious traditions and the most compelling spiritual practices of the ages, so that they can apply them to a world in need,” said Philip Clayton, Claremont Lincoln University Provost. “In a world torn apart by violence, the non-violent resistance of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is more important than ever. Teachers wield huge influence on future generations. We are really excited to launch this training in the practice of ahimsa for high school teachers across the United States.”
A grant from the Uberoi Foundation enables Claremont Lincoln to publicize this program to high school teachers in North America. Funds from the International School for Jain Studies, Claremont Lincoln’s partner school in India, will heavily subsidize the costs of food, lodging and studies, so that the high school teachers will pay far below the actual cost of the trip.
For more information on the program, please contact:
Stephanie.Varnon-Hughes@ClaremontLincoln.org or call (909) 447-6310.
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