Previously known as ABC of Jain Dharma which ran one Sunday a month at the Jain Centre in Colindale, Virtue Labs started in 2014 in Colindale and Soho, Central London. These are a set of virtues – qualities of Bhagwan explored through Jain philosophy and practical solutions for making our every day life better. Virtue Lab sessions explore Jain philosophy and the key concepts.
In 2016 and 2017 the following Virtue Labs were held:
- Jain Dharma: deeper exploration of philosophy – “How do the modern ideas of mindfulness and living in the moment connect to our ancient philosophy?”
- Beyond the Pause – This session showed the link between modern mindfulness and ancient Jain culture. We explored tools to observe mindfulness as well as tools which enrich the experience and practice.
- Soul in Soho – What do Jains believe? – With no creator God, what do Jains actually believe? Is life fate or pre-destined? Who decides? This VirtueLab workshop explained Jain beliefs in simple contemporary English by Mehool Sanghrajka.
- Paryushan VirtueLab: Foregiveness – Everyone agrees that forgiveness is a good thing. In most cases, it’s easier said than done and we brush it over so easily with “Don’t worry, I’ll let you off the hook!”. Yet at the same time, we still hang on to the idea that something wrong or bad happened and it takes a long time before we begin to feel forgiveness.
- Paryushan VirtueLab: Mindfulness – A workshop exploring tools of modern mindfulness that can be used to still our minds and ground us in the present moment. We will learn how Jain Wisdom takes these tools further and gives us a path to profound and infinite peace.
- A New Year’s Resolution for this lifetime – This Virtue Lab workshop was hosted by Ajitbhai and applied Jain principles to fulfill the promise of this human birth.
Past sessions have included:
- The HUMANgous Opportunity
- Mahavir Bhagwan’s Birth and His Spiritual Journey from Hero to Great Hero
- The Divinity Code
- Radical Forgiveness
- How Much is Enough? For Rockefeller, Gekko, Scrooge and You?
- Is there anything wrong with eggs, milk or leather?
Jainism provides us with 4 incredibly life-changing tools to help us get the most out of our every day life. F.A.C.E represents an acronym to explain these: friendship, appreciation, compassion and equanimity. We will explore these qualities in Virtue Lab.