15 Cedar Street, Norwood, MA 02068, (781) 762-9490
Founded by the Jain immigrant community in 1973, the Jain Center of Greater Boston is located today in a former Swedish Lutheran church on a quiet street in Norwood. In the spacious sanctuary, the community gathers for song, teaching and study, and to honor the tirthankaras, the ancient "ford-makers" or spiritual pathfinders. Although independent, the center maintains a close ties with Siddhachalam, the Jain ashram in Blairstown, New Jersey.
Activities include monthly meetings and services, and the observance of annual festivals. Festivals include : Mahavir Jayanti, the observance of the birth of Mahavira some 2,500 years ago; Diwali, the festival of lights; and Paryushan Parv, a celebration at the end of the annual period of fasting and special religious observances. The center also offers regular children's classes, youth activities, and study groups. All events are open to the public, but visitors are asked to call in advance.
The center publishes the Jain Directory of North America, The Jain Study Circular, Jain Prayers and Essentials of Jainism.