Posted: 31.05.2018
By Prof. Dr. Nalini Balbir
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The vast region corresponding to today's Tamil Nadu had an enduring presence of Jain communities from the first centuries before the beginning of the common era until now. Tamil Brāhmī inscriptions (Figure 1), rock-beds, sculptured rocks, temples (Figure 2), loose Jain images are some important manifestations of this historical presence. Worship...
Posted: 31.05.2018
By Sushma Jansari
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The British Museum holds at least 125 Jaina objects from India that span almost two thousand years of Jaina history. Stone and metal sculpture is particularly well represented, although a small number of textiles, painted palm-leaf manuscripts and a yantra that dates to 1631 are also included among the collections. The refurbishment of the Sir...
Posted: 30.05.2018
By Melinda Fodor
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London There is a dramatic genre called saṭṭaka ("a [short love] drama"), which is unique among the traditional plays, first of all in terms of its language. It was entirely written in Prakrit, and not alternating Sanskrit and Prakrit dialects, as most of the classical Indian plays. Five saṭṭakas, written between the 10th and the 18th centuries,...
Posted: 30.05.2018
By Aleksandra Restifo
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Śvetāmbara canonical and commentarial literature prohibits Jain mendicants from engaging with dance, drama, and other forms of aesthetic activity and enjoins laypeople to abstain from sensual pleasures.These activities stir up emotions and passions and infringe on monastic and lay discipline. However, Śvetāmbara sources describe the dancing of...
Posted: 30.05.2018
By Padmanabh S. Jaini
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The present day Tuḷunāḍu Jains can be divided into three groups: (1) Jains (2) Śeṭṭi-Jains and (3) Indra-s. They are all Digambaras and speak both Tuḷu and Kannada. The Indra-Jains (also known as "Purohita-s" and "Jain-Brāhmaṇas") are hereditary priests at [Digambara] Jain temples (basadi-s). The Venerable Bhaṭṭāraka Cārukīrti...
Posted: 30.05.2018
By Dr. Peter Flügel, Muzaffar Ahmad
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The neglected field of the Jaina heritage in Pakistan was revived in 2015-17 through a pilot study conducted by the CoJS of SOAS in collaboration with a research team of the Nusrat Jahan College (NJC) in Rabwah, with additional help of local historians of Jainism in North India In view of the long-term neglect of Jaina sites in Pakistan, and the...
Posted: 29.05.2018
By Steven M. Vose
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In late October 2017 at the 46th Annual Conference on South Asia, hosted by the University of Wisconsin's Center for South Asia in Madison, there were four papers presented on Jainism-related topics. Steven M. Vose (Florida International University) presented the paper, "Forming the Traditional Modern Ascetic: Translating Textual and Visual Tropes...
Posted: 29.05.2018
By Heleen De Jonckheere
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London This year's meeting of the European Association for the Study of Religion Conference (EASR), held at the Catholic University of Leuven from 18-21 September 2017, hosted as many as eleven international scholars to discuss topics on Jainism. Since the Conference centred around the communication of religion, Tillo Detige, Tine Vekemans and Heleen De...
Posted: 29.05.2018
By Dr. Luitgard Soni
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Mahāmastaka-abhiṣekha of the colossal statue of Śrī Gommaṭeśvara Bāhubalī in Śravaṇabelgola, celebrated in a twelve-year cycle, is being staged starting from February 2018. As a festive prelude to it, the First International Prakrit Conference was held on 3-6 November 2017 in Śravaṇabelgola, Karnataka, and it presented itself as...
Posted: 28.05.2018
By Masahiro Ueda
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The 68th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies (JAIBS) The 68th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies (JAIBS) was held at Hanazono University in Kyoto on 2-3 September 2017. In this conference, five papers on Jainism were presented. In "The Criteria for hiṃsā and...

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