Thursday, July 29, 2010
Lecturing at Jain Temple in October - Vegetarian Awareness Month
I was invited a few times to lecture on 'a general vegetarian topic' (which I did only once, on World Vegetarian Day - October 1st - and Gandhi's Birthday - October 2nd).
I think my point was that the local Jain communities around the world would be in an excellent position to take responsibility for these two events annually and to motivate others, particular others related to India, Indian culture, and Jainism and Hinduism - to acknowledge World Vegetarian Day - October 1st - and Gandhi's Birthday - October 2nd - and the values they represent.
After all, World Vegetarian Day - October 1st - is celebrated globally under the international sponsorship of IVU (International Vegetarian Union - www.IVU.org) and Gandhi's Birthday - October 2nd - is celebrated through FARM - Farm Animal Reform Movement (Bethesda, MA).
I urged them to 'leverage' their ethnic and national identity in the service of their deeply held values and in solidarity with others of shared background whose spirituality could benefit by these encouragements.