Posted: 01.12.2016
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Dear Sir/Madam This is for your kind information that B.L. Institute of Indology, Delhi in collaboration with ICPR, New Delhi is going to organise 11 days National Seminar from 05th Feb. to 15th of February 2017 on Tattvarthasutra of Umaswati. Application form with circular is attached. Interested persons may apply. With thanks, Prof. G.C. Tripathi Director B.L...
Posted: 29.11.2016
By Divyen Shah
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In the earliest Śvetāmbara canonical scripture, the Ācārāṅga, is found a list of 16 diseases, interpreted as associated with a rise in karmic particles. Disease and human suffering is a product of and also results in karmic particles that stick to the soul and form a barrier that has to be shed before a perfect body and kevalajñāna is...
Posted: 25.11.2016
By Tillo Detige
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London For most of the second millennium CE, Bhaṭṭārakas, or clothed, sedentary renunciants, were at the helm of the Digambara monastic lineages, surrounded by celibate brahmacārīs and lay paṇḍitas or pāṇḍes. Far less regular in this period are references to naked, peripatetic monks (muni) and nuns (āryikā). Bhaṭṭārakas were...
Posted: 21.11.2016
By Prof. Dr. Jeffery D. Long
Introduction The recent work of Jim Tucker of the University of Virginia, building upon that of his illustrious (if controversial) predecessor Ian Stevenson, strongly suggests– even if it can be argued that it does not conclusively prove–that reincarnation is an idea which deserves to be taken seriously.  In addition to this empirical work, a pragmatist case, in the tradition of William James, is also...
Posted: 16.11.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Hardly anything is known about the life of one of the pioneers of Jaina Studies in the 20th century: Dr Robert Hamilton Blair Williams, born 21.8.1915 in Buckland, East Tilbury, Essex, deceased at an unknown location in 1975. His second book Jaina Yoga: A Survey of the Medieval Śrāvakācāras became highly influential, particularly after the...
Posted: 10.11.2016
By Hotta Kazuyoshi
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In 2013, three academic conferences and seminars on Jainism were held in Japan. Below, I would like to provide a brief report on these meetings. The 64th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies, Matsue The 64th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies (JAIBS) was held at...
Posted: 02.11.2016
By Chris Haskett
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London For the past several years, the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) has featured a panel on Jainism organized by the Jain Studies group. These panel sessions have been increasingly well-attended, and have sought to showcase new, innovative, and exploratory work in Jain Studies. In the midst of an enormous conference with...
Posted: 27.10.2016
By Alexander von Rospatt
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Celebrating Professor Padmanabh S. Jaini's ninetieth birthday and his pioneering contributions to the study of Jainism in the western world, a select group of academics from Europe and the United States congregated on Saturday, 26 October 2013 for a daylong symposium on Jainism hosted by the Center of South Asia Studies of the University of...
Posted: 10.10.2016
By Dr. Anna Aurelia Esposito
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Seventh International Würzburg Colloquium “Perspectives of Indian Studies”- Exploring Jain Narrative Literature , organized by Anna Aurelia Esposito and financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG), was held from 30 August to 1 September 2013 in Würzburg, Germany. Scholars from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, India and...
Posted: 06.10.2016
By Dr. Eva De Clercq
Scholarly as well as popular discourse on Śatruñjaya, the most famous and important of Śvetāmbara pilgrimage sites, associate the sanctity of the site with the time of the first Tīrthaṅkara, Ṛṣabha or Ādinātha. This association became firmly established since its inclusion in Jinabhadrasūri's pilgrimage handbook Vividhatīrthakalpa composed in 1333. However, if we retrace the biography of...
Posted: 02.10.2016
By Lucas den Boer
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The SOAS Centre for Jaina Studies hosted the 15th Jaina Studies Workshop on 22 March 2013 The theme was Jaina logic. On the evening prior to the workshop, Piotr Balcerowicz (University of Warsaw) delivered the 13th Annual Jaina Lecture: Jaina Logic and Epistemology: Is This How It All Began? Piotr Balcerowicz (University of Warsaw) Balcerowicz...
Posted: 01.10.2016
By Dr. Eva De Clercq
The ancient legend of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya, and the search for his kidnapped wife Sita, is one of the most popular and influential stories in and beyond South-Asia. This is evident from the great number and variety of adaptations of the story, which we find in so many different forms, from the reliefs at the Prambanan temples in Indonesia, to the classical dances of Thailand. What many Jains are unaware...
Posted: 20.09.2016
By Dr. Eva De Clercq
Karman and Compassion: Animals in the Jain Universal History EVA DE CLERCQ ABSTRACT: As a religious tradition which largely defines itself by its propagation of non-violence (ahiṃsā) and respect for all living beings, Jainism gives particular attention to the wellbeing of animals, for example, in the prescription of a strict (lacto-)vegetarian diet, in advocating animal rights and the sponsorship of animal...
Posted: 29.07.2016
 
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Posted: 12.07.2016
By Prof. Dr. Johannes Bronkhorst
International Journal of Jaina Studies International Journal of Jaina Studies (Online) Vol. 12, No. 1 (2016) 1-10 Abstract Unlike the Buddhists, Jaina authors have contributed in an important manner to the history of mathematics in India. Unfortunately many of their texts have not survived, but what has survived allows us to form a good impression. The present paper concentrates on the way in which Jaina...
Posted: 24.06.2016
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology 2016.05.22 BLII 28th Shri Atam Vallabh Summer School of Prakrit Language and Literature Invitation Card 2016.05.22 BLII Report 01 2016.05.22 BLII Report 02 2016.05.22 BLII Report 03 2016.05.22 BLII Inaugural Function 01 Guests of the Function 2016.05.22 BLII Inaugural Function 02 Prof. GC Tripathi welcoming 2016.05.22 BLII Inaugural Function 03 Scholars and Participants...
Posted: 22.06.2016
By Pradeep P. Gokhale
Anekāntavāda: Two Conceptual issues The aim of this article is to raise two issues concerning anekāntavāda and respond to them. The issues I would like to raise are conceptual in that they arise in the course of elucidation of the concept of anekānta. I am not concerned very much here with the acceptability or otherwise of anekāntavāda . However, the decision regarding acceptance or non-acceptance of...
Posted: 22.06.2016
 
Press Release First Project on Jain Art History and Religion enriches German Research Centre 16 June 2016, by Kaete Hamburger Kolleg Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe. Bochum, Germany - Every year internationally renowned scholars from the broad range of fields within humanities are invited to conduct their research at one of the ten international Kaete Hamburger Centres in Germany...
Posted: 08.06.2016
By Prof. Dr. Nagarajaiah Hampana
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Paper Presented at The National Seminar Organised by Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology, New Delhi 13/14 February 2016 Pacchakkhāṇa leading to Sallehaṇā Dr. Hampa. Nagarajaiah (Hampanā) Emeritus Professor, Bengaluru Preamble The relevance of a Seminar on Sallekhanā is of greater significance and needs no exaggeration since a debate on euthanasia is now of...
Posted: 21.05.2016
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology 2016.05.22 BLII 28th Shri Atam Vallabh Summer School of Prakrit Language and Literature Invitation Card
Posted: 21.05.2016
By Purshottam Jain, Ravinder Jain
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London We learn of the existence of Jain manuscript collections in various cities and towns of ancient Punjab, the boundaries of which went up to Kandahar (Afghanistan) in the northwest and close to Delhi in the south. In the Punjab, the Jain tradition begins with the yatis, who played a very significant role in preserving the Jain religion during the...
Posted: 20.05.2016
By Prof. Dr. Piotr Balcerowicz
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Jaina collections of manuscripts are related to my study in Indian epistemology and logic, and hence unknown or rare texts in Jaina collections have always been a focus. It seems that, unlike Śvetāmbara, Digambara collections of manuscripts are less known and accessible to researchers. Throughout the years of my search for such manuscripts, I...
Posted: 19.05.2016
By Prof. Dr. Ramprakash Poddar
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London An Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Sanskrit on Historic Principles has been in progress at the Deccan College, Pune, since 1948. Dr A. M. Ghatage, a retired professor of Ardhamāgadhī, worked on this Dictionary from 1972 to 1982 and published Vols. I & II, comprising 1,677 pages. Navalmal K. Firodia, a local industrialist, philanthropist and freedom...
Posted: 18.05.2016
By Dr. Nirmal Baid
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The year 2014 was celebrated as the birth centennial of the 9th head of the order of the Terapanth Jain tradition, Acharya Tulsi. In this article, I present vintage photos from Acharya Tulsi's life with a hope to give you a vivid perspective on the life of this legend. I have had the good fortune of growing up in Rajasthan where Acharya Tulsi...
Posted: 17.05.2016
By Muzaffar Ahmad
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London District Chakwal has long been known for its Buddhist, Hindu and Jain archaeological heritage. A previously unreported caraṇa-pādukā stone block has recently been discovered near the peak of Chel-Abdal in Basharat, District Chakwal, Pakistan. This current discovery is unique as it is the first time in the Chakwal district that any Jaina...
Posted: 16.05.2016
 
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Roundtable at the 18th Jaina Workshop (2016), SOAS University of London
Posted: 16.05.2016
By Kimberly Masteller
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London One of the great vernacular artistic traditions that flourished in medieval India is the wooden architecture found in Gujarat, in Western India. Many structures were created in this tradition, including largescale temples, urban homes and elaborately carved shrines. The ghar derasars, literally "house temples" of Gujarat were a unique development...
Posted: 15.05.2016
By Prof. Dr. John Cort
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London A total of eight-four Jina temples adorned with flagpoles are in the middle of the city of Jaipur and spread through all four parts of the city. There are domestic shrines all over the city totaling eight-four. I venerate them with mind, speech and body thrice daily, and keep them all in my heart. The Jains are justifiably well-known among scholars...
Posted: 14.05.2016
By Dr. Ellen Gough
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Digambara Jains believe that in the second century CE, when the entirety of the teachings of Mahāvīra (āgama) were on the brink of being forgotten, the monk who possessed the remaining memory of these teachings, Dharasena, tasked two of his monastic disciples, the monks Puṣpadanta and Bhūtabali, to record the teachings in the text that became...
Posted: 13.05.2016
By Prof. J.C. Wright
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The status and importance of the dialogue between the brothers Citta and Saṃbhūta in the Buddhist and Jain canons have been considerably diminished by its being presented, to an extent by tradition, and apparently definitively by Ernst Leumann (WZKM, 5, 1891 and 6, 1892) as an episode extracted from an extensive pre-existing corpus of...
Posted: 12.05.2016
By Prof. Dr. Anupam Jain
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Space and Time: In the Perspectives of Jainism and Science, Anupam Jain, SOAS University of London
Posted: 12.05.2016
By Tillo Detige
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Calendared auspiciously in the days leading up to the pūrṇimā of the month of Māgha, full moon day of 2-3 February 2015, a two-day workshop on Jainism took place at the Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH) at Manipal University in Karnataka, India. It was organised by Professors Sundar Sarukkai and Meera Baindur, both of Manipal...
Posted: 11.05.2016
By Prof. Laxmi Chandra Jain
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Non-Absolutism (Anekānt) and Modern Physics, L.C. Jain, SOAS University of London
Posted: 11.05.2016
By Prof. Dr. Nagarajaiah Hampana
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Pacchakkhāna leading to Sallekhanā, Hampana Nagarajaiah, SOAS University of London
Posted: 11.05.2016
By Hamsa Stainton
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In March, the 2014 annual meeting of the Association of Asian Studies included a well-attended panel on the popular genre of praise-poetry known as the stotra. The papers for this panel, entitled "Beyond Conventions: Sanskrit Praise Poetry and Its Multiple Audiences," analyzed the literary practices and audiences of such works. Collectively, they...
Posted: 10.05.2016
By Prof. Dr. Christine Chojnacki
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: When Science Meets Fiction, Christine Chojnacki, SOAS University of London
Posted: 10.05.2016
By Kristi L. Wiley
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London he 16th Jaina Studies Workshop, hosted by the SOAS Centre for Jaina Studies, was held 21 March 2014. It coincided with the ten-year anniversary of the Centre's founding. The theme was Jaina Hagiography and Biography. On the evening prior to the workshop, Dr Saryu Doshi, formerly Honorary Director of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai,...
Posted: 10.05.2016
By Basile Leclère
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Architectural Science in Jain Poetry: Descriptions of Kumārapāla’s Temples, Basile Leclère, SOAS
Posted: 09.05.2016
By Prof. Dr. Johannes Bronkhorst
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Jaina versus Brahmanical Mathematicians, Johannes Bronkhorst, SOAS University of London
Posted: 09.05.2016
By Dr. Ratna Kumar Shah
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Jinabhadragaṇi Kṣamāśramaṇa: Computational Wizard of Sixth Century C.E., Ratna Kumar Shah, SOAS
Posted: 07.05.2016
By Amruta Chintaman Natu
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London During his four-decade long research career, Georg BÜHLER (1837-1898) dealt with a variety of subjects, from Dharmaśāstra and palaeography to religion and epigraphy, but many of his insights and investigations proved vital to the progress of Jaina Studies. He spent nearly one third of his life in India (1863 to 1880). Resigning the position of...
Posted: 06.05.2016
By Dr. Catherine Morice-Singh
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: The Treatment of Series in the Gaṇitasārasaṃgraha of Mahāvīrācārya, Catherine Morice-Singh, SOAS
Posted: 06.05.2016
By Samani Unnata Pragya
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Jaina Docterine of Timelessness, Samaṇī Unnata Prajñā, SOAS University of London
Posted: 06.05.2016
By Anupama Delacour
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Jaina domestic shrine in the collection of the Dahlem Museum in Berlin comes from Gujarat (Figure 1). The collector Robert Stolper bought this shrine in India and sold it to the Dahlem Museum in April 1966. In a letter dated February 1966 to Sir Härtel, director of the Museum, Robert Stolper writes: "I have received news that the temple [sic.]...
Posted: 05.05.2016
By Dr. Marie-Hélène Gorisse
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Scientific Knowledge in Jainism, Marie-Hélène Gorisse, SOAS University of London
Posted: 05.05.2016
By Prof. Muni Mahendra Kumar
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: The Enigma of Cosmology, Muni Mahendra Kumar, SOAS University of London
Posted: 05.05.2016
By Andrew Topsfiel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean is fortunate in having the most representative collection of Indian art in Britain outside London. The Museum's first major Indian sculpture, an 11th- century Pala stone image of Vishnu, was acquired as long ago as 1686. A flurry of Indian collecting activity began in Oxford in the late 19th century, with the founding...
Posted: 04.05.2016
By Dr. Catherine Morice-Singh
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Gaṇitasārasaṃgraha (GSS) is a very significant Sanskrit treatise on mathematics, maybe the first one to have survived in a complete form. It was composed by Mahāvīrācārya, a Jaina Digambara ācārya living in the 9th century during the reign of Amoghavarṣa, a Rāṣṭrakūṭa king ruling in Maharashtra and Karnataka. The discovery,...
Posted: 03.05.2016
By Prof. Dharmchand Jain
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Department of Sanskrit, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur (India) is engaged in research on Jain philosophical texts and tenets. Having obtained her PhD degree in this field under the supervision of the present writer, Dr Shweta Jain has worked on causality and the pañca-kāraṇa-samavāya doctrine of Jainism. Her work has been jointly...
Posted: 02.05.2016
By Andrew More
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London What do the early Śvetāmbara texts say about the lay community? To answer this question in my PhD thesis I read many of the early Śvetāmbara texts and I made note of all the passages relating to people who are not monks or nuns. My interest in the lay community developed having read the work of Folkert (1993: 177ff.) who proposed to study...

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