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Santhara Workshop – Oct 18, 2015

On Oct 18, a workshop was organized on ‘Understanding Santhara’ under the guidance of Samani Satya Pragyaji and Samani Rohini Pragyaji at the Franklin Temple Gyanshala Rooms. Santhara is a subject that has brought all Jains together. However, this is also a subject that has generated numerous lively living room discussions in the past few months. This workshop was a great opportunity for understanding the subject under the guidance of Samanijis and more than 40 members took advantage of it. Ramesh Parmar opened the session with introducing the subject and elaborated on its legal background. Samani Rohini Pragyaji spoke about the treatment of death and dying in different faiths and cultures. Samani Satya Pragyaji spoke about Santhara and Sanlekhana in Jainism. She elaborated on the process, prerequisites, and expectations of Santhara and how it is different from suicide, mercy killing, and dying with dignity provided by living wills. A lively Q&A session followed. The workshop was very well received by all attendees.