Posted: 28.04.2016
By Dr. Juan Wu
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The 16th World Sanskrit Conference was held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 28 June to 2 July 2015 under the joint auspices of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies and the Sanskrit Studies Centre, Silpakorn University in Bangkok. More than 600 participants from all over the world attended this mega academic event. The conference was...
Posted: 27.04.2016
By Ellen Gough
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London From 1-2 May, 2015, Yale University hosted the firstever international graduate student conference on Jainism. Thanks to generous support from the JivDaya Fund, the Lex Hixon Visiting Speakers Fund in the Department of Religious Studies, and the South Asian Studies Council at Yale, graduate students from across Europe and the United States were...
Posted: 26.04.2016
By Dr. Tine Vekemans
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London On Thursday evening, 19 March 2015, in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre at SOAS, a renowned expert in the field of Śaivism and Tantra, Professor Alexis Sanderson (University of Oxford) introduced the topic of the 17th Annual Jaina Studies Workshop, Jaina Tantra, to a large audience of scholars and practitioners of Jainism. Sanderson was...
Posted: 19.04.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Depiction of the council of Valabhī in the memorial temple Valabhīpura Tīrtha, 2010. Photo: Peter Flügel Śvetāmbara Jaina mendicants peregrinate in small groups from village to village without much contact with other members of their own order. Gatherings for special purposes or general assemblies are held only sporadically, when matters of common concern are to be resolved. An exception is the...
Posted: 18.04.2016
 
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London
Posted: 16.03.2016
 
16th Annual Lecture: Newly Discovered Jaina Mathematical Manuscripts and their Content Lecture by: Anupam Jain (Government Degree College, Sanwer, Indore) Date: 18 March 2016Time: 6:00 PM Finishes: 18 March 2016Time: 7:30 PM Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre Type of Event: Annual Lecture Victory banner. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Biography Dr. Anupam Jain has published three...
Posted: 06.03.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
ESSENCE OF RIGHT BELIEF The Loṅkāgaccha tradition still exists today in small pockets in Gujarāt. Yet, the contemporary followers of the Loṅkāgaccha remember nothing of Loṅkā or his teachings anymore, and have only the vaguest idea of the recent history of their tradition. Not even Loṅkā's name is mentioned in their few idiosyncratic rituals. With two negligible exceptions, most of the modern texts...
Posted: 05.03.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
The Unknown Loṅkā Tradition and the Cultural Unconscious In the last two decades, the main focus of Jaina research has shifted from the effectively a-historical exploration of the language, content and form of the Śvetāmbara canon in particular, to the historical and anthropological investigation of "strategies of transmission" of tradition, including "canonisation" and "transformation" (Bruhn 1987:...
Posted: 04.03.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
LOṄKĀ'S THIRTY-FOUR PROCLAMATIONS The second manuscript, No. 4121, contains only one text, Luṅkā nī Huṇḍī 34 Bol (=LH), Loṅkā's list of thirty-four assertions, which gives thirty-three examples from the commentaries for significant deviations from the scriptures under the label of apavāda, or exception. The statements No. 1-25 criticise various points of the Niśītha Cūrṇī, which cannot be...
Posted: 03.03.2016
 
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Posted: 03.03.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Part 3: 2.2 The Conversion of the Merchant Banārasīdās A brief glance at the description of the 'conversion' of the seventeenth century merchant and mystic Banārasīdās from Śaivism (the religion of the kings) to Jainism (the religion of his ancestors) in the Ardhakathānaka shall, finally, help to illustrate the pervasiveness of conceptions like those implicit in the Śālibhadracarita. There are...
Posted: 02.03.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Part 2: 2 Two Stories We have seen so far that conversion is presented in medieval Jain stories as a general narrative motif employed by Jain ascetics to influence their audience and to stimulate real conversion experiences. In order to demonstrate the applicability of our theory, I now turn to the analysis of two cases of biographical narratives whose plots focus on the interaction between kings and...
Posted: 01.03.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Part 1 Worshipping the Ideal King On the Social Implications of Jaina Conversion Stories Peter Flügel The differences between history, hagiology and mythology are deliberately blurred in Jaina (Jain) literature. Not only biographies and universal histories, the caritras and purāṇas, and monastic chronicles and genealogies, the sthavirāvalīs, paṭṭāvalīs and gurvāvalīs, mix or combine...
Posted: 19.02.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
— VIII — In this essay, I proposed a theoretical interpretation of syncretic processes as forms of symbolic communication, broadly following Habermas' analyses of systematically distorted and latent strategic action, predicated on the work of Grice and sociolinguists such as Hymes, Gumperz, Fishman and Brown and Levinson. The advantage of this perspective, compared to classical hermeneutics, is that social...
Posted: 19.02.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
— VII — Although Jain ascetics use the vernacular of their local followers, and reject the Brāhmaṇical idea of the intrinsic sacredness of certain words (MDhŚ 4.256), they do maintain a clear distinction between religious and non-religious ways of USING a given language, that is, the intrinsic structural (not metaphysical) features, intentions and functions of an expression. In accordance with their basic...
Posted: 18.02.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
— V — Any empirical analysis of conversational implicatures requires a careful description of the discursive field and conventional ways of speaking in different 'speech situations' which form part of the 'communicative competence' (HYMES (1972b)) and 'repertoire' of the members of a particular 'speech community' (GUMPERZ (1964), (1972)). From an observer's point of view, there are four formal contexts, or...
Posted: 17.02.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
In contrast to earlier Jainological emphasis on the unchanging and dogmatic nature of doctrinal Jainism, recent historical-philological and anthropological scholarship focuses predominately on historically changing, syncretic and hybrid features of Jain beliefs and practices, and on the role of agency in the construction of socioreligious identity. Contrary to culturalist self-images and academic...
Posted: 10.02.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Historical Sources on the Loṅkāgaccha- and Sthānakavāsī-Traditions in Johannes Klatt's Jaina-Onomasticon Johannes Klatt, Jaina Onomasticon. Berlin 1893 (Manuscript Bound in Eight Volumes. Hamburg, Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie) In the absence of extensive archaeological evidence, monastic chronologies and hagiographies, inscriptions and the information in the colophons of handwritten or printed...
Posted: 09.02.2016
 
SOAS Centre for Jaina Studies 18th Jaina Studies Symposium Jainism and Science Book of Abstracts 19 March 2016 SOAS, University of London Upakāra in Akalaṅka's Tattvārthavārtika Ana Bajželj, Postdoctoral Polonsky Academy, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel In the sūtra s 5.17–22 of his Tattvārthasūtra Umāsvāti lists various kinds of assistance ( upakāra ) in the production of certain effects...
Posted: 06.02.2016
 
18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Victory banner. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Date: 19 March 2016 Time: 9:00 AM Finishes: 19 March 2016 Time: 6:00 PM Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre Type of Event: Conference The Jains have a distinctive attitude to science and knowledge. The Jain approach defines science as encompassing all forms of knowledge, including the...
Posted: 02.02.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
A funerary palanquin was once regarded as the exclusive privilege of royalty, and until recently, could only be paraded in public with permission of the king. One of the oldest detailed descriptions of an Indian royal funeral culminating in the collection of bones and ashes, that of King Daśaratha, father of Rāma, in Vālmīki's Rāmāyaṇa (Rām) II.65-77, mentions a funeral palanquin, or śibikā, used for...
Posted: 01.02.2016
By Dr. Ana Bajželj
The Jain Ontological Model according to Kundakunda  and Umāsvāti Abstract Jainism proposes a unique theory of reality in which the extreme positions of absolute identity and permanence on the one hand and absolute difference and change on the other are avoided in favour of integrative ontology. Here, identity and difference as well as permanence and change are coordinated. The vertical and horizontal...
Posted: 26.01.2016
By Dr. Ana Bajželj
Rock carved Mahavira sculpture, Thirakoil, India. Source: Wikimedia Commons at http://tinyurl.com/qjrvbl2 Why Teach and Learn about Jainism and the Life of Mahavira? Apart from Buddhism, Jainism is the only other ancient non-Vedic Indian tradition that has survived until the present day. While Buddhism all but disappeared from India by the fourteenth century CE and was only later revived, Jainism has existed in...
Posted: 07.12.2015
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Please find herewith Notification and application form regarding our next (28th) Summer School in Prakrit Language & Literature commencing from the 22nd of May to the 12th of June 2016. Kindly note the dates. We would also request you to kindly pass on this information to the persons interested in the course. The information as well as the application form may also be...
Posted: 21.11.2015
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology We feel immense pleasure in informing you that we are going to organise a special lecture on The Role and Functions of Prakrit in the Sanskrit Dramas, delivered by Prof. G.C. Tripathi, Director, B.L. Institute of Indology, Delhi on Wednesday, 02nd of December, 2015 at 4:00 PM at India International Centre, Lecture Room 1 (Annexe), 40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi 110003...
Posted: 01.11.2015
 
With the blessing of Param Pujya Sarakoddharak Acharya Shri 108 Gyan Sagar Maharaj Ji and his vision and the Gyan Sagar Science Foundation (GSF) came into being in September 2009 with the primary object of bridging Science and Society and to propagate ancient scientific knowledge for the wellbeing of mankind. The foundation aims to provide a national forum where different disciplines of Science (Physics,...
Posted: 08.09.2015
 
17th Jaina Studies Workshop Jaina Tantra Roundtable, 17th Jaina Studies Workshop was held on 20 March 2015 at SOAS, University of London: This roundtable addresses the question: "In the 19th century, many Indian social and religious reformers differentiated 'custom and rituals' from 'true religion'. Is this distinction still relevant for lived Jainism today?" In the Chair: John E. Cort (Denison University, USA)...
Posted: 08.09.2015
 
17th Jaina Studies Workshop Jaina Tantra Session 4 - Tantra in Hinduism and Jainism, 17th Jaina Studies Workshop was held on 20 March 2015 at SOAS, University of London : John E. Cort (Denison University, USA): Reading Gorakhnāth through a Jain Lens: Jain Receptions of the Nāths in Pre-Colonial North India Olle Qvarnström (University of Lund, Sweden): Tantra in Practice: How to Convert a King Video:
Posted: 08.09.2015
 
17th Jaina Studies Workshop Jaina Tantra Session 2 - Jaina Tantra and Meditation, 17th Jaina Studies Workshop was held on 20 March 2015 at SOAS, University of London: Shugan Chand Jain (International Summer School for Jain Studies, New Delhi): Peculiarities of Jaina Yoga as depicted in Jñānārṇava by Śubhacandra (1003-1068 A.D.) Christopher Key Chapple (Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA): The...
Posted: 08.09.2015
 
17th Jaina Studies Workshop Jaina Tantra Session 1 - Textual Studies, 17th Jaina Studies Workshop was held on 20 March 2015 at SOAS, University of London. Paul Dundas (University of Edinburgh, Scotland): Tantra Without ‘Tantrism’: The Quotidian Jain Mantra According to Somasena Bhaṭṭāraka Jagat Ram Bhattacharyya (Shantiniketan, India): Tantric Elements in the Original Praśnavyākaraṇa‒ A Study...
Posted: 08.09.2015
 
17th Jaina Studies Workshop Jaina Tantra The 15th Annual Jaina Lecture by Professor Alexis Sanderson (All Souls, Oxford University) titled "The Jaina Appropriation and Adaptation of Śaiva Ritual: The Case of Pādliptasūri’s Nirvāṇakalikā" was given at SOAS, University of London on 19 March 2015. I shall show that the Nirvāṇakalikā, a published manual for the rituals of image installation...
Posted: 13.07.2015
By John E. Cort
International Journal of Jaina Studies (Online) Vol. 6, No. 5 (2010) 1-13 Abstract Toward the end of the Banārsī Vilās, the “collected works” of Banārsīdās (1586-1643) that was compiled by his colleague Jagjīvanrām in 1644, there is a curious seven-caupāī composition entitled Gorakhnāth ke Vacan, or “The Sayings of Gorakhnāth.” The text, which may or may not have been authored by...
Posted: 15.06.2015
 
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London
Posted: 04.06.2015
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Please find herewith an invitation for the Valedictory Function of the 27th All India Summer School on Prakrit Language and Literature 2015 which is being organized at this institute for three weeks. We shall be obliged if you kindly grace the occasion by your presence. Thanking you. Yours sincerely, Prof. G. C. Tripathi Director B.L. Institute of Indology Invitation...
Posted: 11.05.2015
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Dear Sir/Madam Please find herewith an invitation for the Inaugural function of the 27th All India Summer School on Prakrit Language and Literature 2015 (17of May 2015 at 10.30 AM) which is being organized at this institute for three weeks. We shall be obliged if you kindly grace the occasion by your presence. A scanned copy of the invitation card may be viewed in the...
Posted: 11.05.2015
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Dear Sir/Madam We feel immense pleasure in informing you that we are going to organise a lecture on Miniature Paintings of the Kalpa Sutra , delivered by our Vice-Chairman, Dr. Jitendra B. Shah, on Thursday, 21st of May, 2015 at 6:30 PM at India International Centre, Seminar Hall, Kamaladevi Complex, New Delhi. Kindly see the attached invitation Card. You are requested...
Posted: 13.04.2015
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology To evaluate the contribution of Jain tradition to the Sanskrit literature, a three day National Seminar was organized as the joint venture of Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology and Delhi Sanskrit Academy, Govt. of Delhi, in the premises of Vijay Vallabh Smarak, Jain Mandir, from 27th to 29th March 2015. In this seminar fifty papers were presented by distinguished...
Posted: 02.04.2015
 
17th Jaina Studies Workshop Jaina Tantra Book of Abstracts: Tantric Elements in the Original Praśnavyākaraṇa ‒ A Study Jagat Ram Bhattacharyya (Shantiniketan, India) Praśnavyākaraṇa is known to be the tenth canon of the twelve fold aṅgas of the Śvetāmbara sect. The available editions of Praśnavyākaraṇa are dealt with two major aspects of nine categories in Jainism, the influx (of...
Posted: 28.03.2015
 
Equality And Diversity Office: SOAS - University of London Date: 30 March 2015 Time: 12:00 AM Venue: Brunei Gallery For the 4th year in a row, SOAS, University of London will be hosting the COEXIST Interfaith Music Festival in its Brunei Gallery all day (10am - 9pm) on Monday, 30 March 2015. Over 20 artists and groups from a variety of faith and interfaith backgrounds are expected to share their music and...
Posted: 19.03.2015
 
Prof. Dr. Lothar Lutze, Emeritus Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, passed away on the night of 4 March in Berlin, in the presence of his family. Lothar Lutze (born on September 7th 1927) taught at the SAI from 1965 to 1992. He was a passionate lover of literature, and widely recognized as a translator of modern literature in Hindi, Bengali, and other South Asian Languages. Lothar Lutze...
Posted: 18.03.2015
By Dr. Marie-Hélène Gorisse
International Journal of Jaina Studies (Online) Vol. 11, No. 3 (2015) 1-19 Abstract In the classical framework of Indian philosophy, the different schools of thought agree on the fact that the correctness of an inference relies on a special necessary relation standing between the evidence-property and the target-property. In this framework, there is a controversy between Buddhist and Jain philosophers...
Posted: 17.03.2015
By Dipak Jadhav
International Journal of Jaina Studies (Online) Vol. 11, No. 2 (2015) 1-21 Abstract This paper brings the formula d = S ÷ n²k into light and discusses its various aspects including its context in Jaina philosophy. It was set forth and utilized by Nemicandra (c. 981) in the Gommaṭasāra (Karmakāṇḍa) in order to demonstrate the lower-thought-activity ( adhaḥ pravṛtta karaṇa ). The...
Posted: 13.03.2015
 
17th Jaina Studies Workshop - Jaina Tantra 19th century Image of an apsarāḥ, Śāntinātha Jaina Mandira, Cūru/Rajasthan (Photo: P.F. 2014) Date: 20 March 2015 Time: 9:00 AM Finishes: 20 March 2015 Time: 6:00 PM Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre Type of Event: Workshop Registration This workshop is free and open to all. Registration is required. Online Registration Programme Time...
Posted: 13.03.2015
 
15th Annual Jaina Lecture 19th century Image of an apsarāḥ, Śāntinātha Jaina Mandira, Cūru/Rajasthan (Photo: P.F. 2014) The Jaina Appropriation and Adaptation of Śaiva Ritual: The Case of Pādliptasūri’s Nirvāṇakalikā Professor Alexis Sanderson (All Souls, Oxford University) Date: 19 March 2015 Time: 6:00 PM Finishes: 19 March 2015 Time: 9:00 PM Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery...
Posted: 04.03.2015
By Ruth Satinsky
International Journal of Jaina Studies (Online) Vol. 11, No. 1 (2015) 1-24 Abstract Willibald Kirfel (1920/1990), in his major study of Indian cosmology, Die Kosmographie der Inder nach den Quellen dargestellt, compares the Brahmanical, Buddhist and Jaina cosmological systems, and concludes that the early Brahmanical cosmology forms the basis of the later cosmology found in the epics and Purāṇas, and...
Posted: 17.02.2015
 
Jaina Studies at Ghent University Events 17th Jaina Studies Worskhop, on Jaina Tantra , SOAS, London, 19-20th March 2015 1st World Congress on Logic and Religion , João Pessoa, Brazil, 1-5th April 2015 Marie-Hélène Gorisse to present "Logic and the rational legitimization of religious claims in Jainism: The case-study of Gu ṇ aratna's refutation of Hindu theses" Yale Jain Graduate Conference , Yale,...
Posted: 17.02.2015
By Dr. Eva De Clercq
On Jaina Apabhraṃśa Praśastis.pdf
Posted: 23.12.2014
By Dr. Luitgard Soni
International Journal of Jaina Studies (Online) Vol. 10, No. 2 (2014) 1-14 Abstract The article focuses on two modes of dying described in the Mūlārādhanā and illustrated by respective stories in the Bṛhat-Kathākośa: the death by renouncing food and drink and the death by killing oneself. Special reference is given to the telling of the stories in the process of 'assisted death' where the...
Posted: 23.12.2014
By Shubha Majumder
International Journal of Jaina Studies (Online) Vol. 10, No. 1 (2014) 1-32 Abstract Rāḍha, an important geo-cultural unit of ancient Bengal, was closely associated with the development of different religious traditions. Jainism, which is one of the ancient religions of India, has strong associations with the settlement parameters of this geo-cultural unit from a very early time. The present article...
Posted: 23.12.2014
By Prof. Dr. Johannes Bronkhorst
International Journal of Jaina Studies (Online) Vol. 9, No. 1 (2013) 1-11 Abstract Ājīvikism, a vanished Indian religion, has been admirably studied by A. L. Basham in his 1951 monograph. Since then, a renewed study of the existing evidence has led to an improved understanding of this religion. New evidence, moreover, has shown that this religion remained intellectually active and influential at least...

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