Jain Network was founded by the late Dr Natubhai Shah.
Jain Network is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales. Its founder organisations are: Jain Sangha of Europe, Jain Academy and Ahimsa for Quality of Life (all independent charities). Its governance is carried out as per the rules of the Charity Commission, Companies House and in accordance with the management enshrined in the Jain tradition.
Our motto is: “Live and Help to Live”.
Jain values are based on 3 A’s non-violence (Ahimsa), non-attachment to the material world (Aparigraha), pluralism (Anekantavad) and introspection, calmness of self and spiritual liberation by self-effort. It believes in friendship to all and malice to none, improvement of quality of life for all, compassion, equality, animal welfare, environment preservation and peace.
Our major project is the creation of the Jain Centre, at 64-68 Colindale Avenue, London, NW9 5DR. The centre is a three-storey, 30,000 sq. ft, architectural splendour. It will be a place of worship for the Jain community. Containing spectacular white marble carvings which mix traditional Jain architecture with a modern and flexible design.
This magnificent development has the world’s first Aum, Hrim-shaped 108 Parshwanath Jinalay, a place of worship and study for all the major Jain tradition. The Jain Centre will be a global hub, a one-stop information source about Jainism and a place for the dissemination of Jain values. It will promote peace and harmony in Jain and wider communities.
Its mission is to improve the spiritual and physical quality of life for Jain and the wider community. Its vision is to bring awareness of Jainism and its values to the Western world and to provide multiple Jain temples under one roof, facilities, resources and services to Jains.
Its purpose is to develop the Jain community, its infrastructure for the spiritual and physical needs (including a place of worship and study for all Jains), and awareness of Jainism in the wider community.
It also aims to organise educational and philanthropic activities as laid down in the Jain tradition. It represents Jain views to the government, statutory authorities, interfaith organisations and educational institutions.
The Jain Network is affiliated to:
- Interfaith Network UK
- Faith forum for London
- Barnet Multifaith Forum
- Barnet SACRE
- Faith based Regeneration Network
- National Council of Voluntary
- Organisations UK
- Barnet Hindu Council
- National Council of Gujarati Organisations
- Council of Dharmic Faiths
- National Council of Vanik Associations
- Colindale Community Development Trust
- Graham Park Consortium