The YJA executive board defined their idea of Jain Evolution as such: Jain Evolution refers to our continual redefinition of what it means to be Jain.
Our time-honored scriptures suggest how one lives life as a Jain, but do not provide a framework for modern day.
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Chitrabhanuji was the first monk to establish the virtues and practice of Ahimsa, a core principle of Jainism, in the west.
He is a monk, a writer, and an activist on behalf of the youth Jain community whose presence at many Jain conventions past has been critical.
Parin Ccheda, a member of the YJA board, noted that it required about one year, the full cooperation of the YJA board and the Boston Convention Committee, financial resources from individual and corporate sponsors, and the assistance of the local governing bodies, to effectively plan an event such as this.
The Souvenir Book of the convention included a welcoming letter from M.
Jodi Rell, the Governor of Connecticut, and a Proclamation from Stamford Mayor Dannel P.
Notably, the event was entirely the work of the innovation, organization, and direction of youth board members.
These youth organizers successfully reached out to numerous resources for support during the process of planning YJA 2006.
Each morning began with yoga and meditation classes, followed by lectures, keynote speakers, and evening performances.