Posted: 14.08.2017
By Prof. Dr. John Cort
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies of the University of Tübingen hosted an international conference on 19-20 February 2010, with major funding from Fritz Thyssen Stiftung. The conference was organized by Dr Andrea Luithle-Hardenberg of the Department of Indology and Comparative Religion of the University of Tübingen. It was truly an...
Posted: 07.08.2017
By Prof. Dr. John Cort
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The 12th Jaina Studies Workshop at SOAS on 18-19 March 2010, although only two days long, felt like a long journey through the history of Jainism. This year's theme was a very striking one: Jaina Yoga, a rare focus in Jaina Studies but highly interesting and long awaited. In spite of all the thorough research on yoga, the Jaina perspective has...
Posted: 31.07.2017
By Dr. Robert J. Del Bonta
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Male nudity is a distinguishing characteristic of Digambara iconography, and one that clearly distinguishes it from that of the Jaina Śvetāmbaras. In the Digambara tradition, nudity signifies the full discarding of all possessions and reflects the actions of all of the Jinas in the line of twenty-four. According to the Śvetāmbaras, only the...
Posted: 26.07.2017
By Dr. James Laidlaw
This paper describes the practice of fasting to death in the Indian religion of Jainism. It shows how and why this form of self-killing is a highly regarded and publicly celebrated positive aspiration in Jainism. Through comparisons with some other forms of self-killing found in South Asia, it highlights the moral complexities of issues around volition and agency. And it illustrates how the practice embodies...
Posted: 24.07.2017
By Prof. Dr. John Cort
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London From August 5 through October 23, 2011, the New Orleans Museum of Art presented The Elegant Image, an exhibition of South Asian bronzes (or, more accurately, copper-alloy sculptures), almost all of which were from the collection of Dr Siddharth K. Bhansali. Nearly one-third of the sculptures on display were Jain. While the significant presence of...
Posted: 17.07.2017
By Mari Johanna Jyväsjärvi
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London My doctoral dissertation examines representations of nuns in Indian Buddhist and Śvetāmbara Jain monastic commentaries from the sixth and seventh centuries CE. Although these texts comment extensively on the nuns' rules in the two traditions, they have been hitherto virtually overlooked by scholars investigating the history of Buddhist and Jain...
Posted: 10.07.2017
By Audrey Truschke
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London From the late sixteenth to the early seventeenth centuries, Śvetāmbara Jains from Gujarat frequented the Mughal court in substantial numbers. They participated in a variety of cross-cultural exchanges with royal figures and composed Sanskrit texts that explore the implications of their imperial connections. I detail both the social and textual...
Posted: 03.07.2017
By Steven M. Vose
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London My PhD dissertation, currently in progress, examines the history of Śvetāmbara Jainism in the first half of the fourteenth century, a period of intense political upheaval in western India, through the life and works of the Kharatara Gaccha monk Jinaprabhasūri (12611333). Known principally for his Vividhatīrthakalpa (Chapters on Various...
Posted: 26.06.2017
By Prof. Dr. John Cort
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London There are thousands of medieval copper-alloy icons in temples in western India today, and dozens in museum collections. Often overlooked, some of these icons offer an insight into medieval ritual culture and are well worth investigation. One such example is a medieval Digambar Jain copper-alloy icon that was recently donated to the Ackland Art...
Posted: 20.06.2017
By Dr. Patrick Krueger
Introduction A private collection in Jaipur has preserved an illustrated Digambara manuscript entitled Bhūpālacauvīsīkāvyabhāṣārtha (‘Meaning of the Sanskrit poem Twentyfour [ hymns ] by Bhūpāla in vernacular language’), which includes the full text and a commentary on Bhūpālacaturviṃśatikā (‘ Twenty-four [ hymns ] by Bhūpāla’). Bhūpālacaturviṃśatikā , which is also known as...
Posted: 19.06.2017
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology We are happy to inform you that the 29th Shri Atam Vallabh Summer School of Prakrit Language and Literature is going to be organised by our Institute from the 04th of June to the 25th of June, 2017. The Valedictory ceremony of this School shall take place on Sunday, the 25th of June at 10.30 AM in the Seminar Hall of the Guest House Complex of the Vijay Vallabh Smarak,...
Posted: 19.06.2017
By Prof. Dr. Prem Suman Jain
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Jainism lays great emphasis on the code of conduct of ascetic life. Having achieved victory over the senses and the mind, a Jaina ascetic is completely detached from mundane affairs, including severance from all connections to family and acquaintances. In addition, he should not have any attachment to material objects. However, he is permitted to...
Posted: 13.06.2017
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Special Lectures on Indian /Jain Art Cordial Invitation Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology & International School of Jain Studies have the pleasure to cordially invite you to attend the following two special lectures of Prof. Maruti Nanadan Prasad Tiwari, Prof.- Emeritus & former HoD of the History of Art, at the B.H.U., Varanasi, on the subjects and dates...
Posted: 12.06.2017
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Jainas are widely recognised as the Indian pilgrims par excellence. A plethora of recent studies has therefore investigated Jaina pilgrimage circuits and pilgrimage manuals. So far, research has concentrated almost exclusively either on the annual vihāra of the itinerant Jaina mendicants or on the occasional individual or communal pilgrimages...
Posted: 07.06.2017
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Dear Sir/Madam We are sending herewith the invitation Card for Lecture on Jain Art on 09th of June 2017 at India International Centre, Lecture Room II, (Annexe), New Delhi. You are cordially invited to kindly grace the occasion and to oblige us. Kindly see the invitation card in the enclosure. With regards, Prof. G.C. Tripathi Director B.L. Institute of Indology...
Posted: 05.06.2017
By Dr. Luitgard Soni
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The International Association of Sanskrit Studies (IASS) has been organising a World Sanskrit Conference (WSC) almost every 3 years since 1972 when it was first held in Delhi. These conferences cover the spectrum of Sanskrit matters in its many areas of the written and spoken language. The 15th WSC was held in India again (for the fourth time) from...
Posted: 01.06.2017
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Dear Sir/Madam We are happy to inform you that the 29th Shri Atam Vallabh Summer School of Prakrit Language and Literature is going to be organised by our Institute from the 04th of June to the 25thof June, 2017. The inauguration ceremony of this School shall take place on Sunday, the 04th of June at 10.30 AM in the Seminar Hall of the Guest House Complex of the Vijay...
Posted: 29.05.2017
By Prof. Dr. Robert J. Zydenbos
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London On January 2nd, 2012, a one-day conference on Jaina Studies took place in Bengaluru (the city formerly known as Bangalore), at a somewhat unexpected venue. Jain University (previously known as Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College) is a 'deemed university' according to the Indian University Grants Commission Act, that has focussed on technological and...
Posted: 22.05.2017
By Nathan Loewen
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London How do you 'teach' Jainism? The 2011 annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, held in San Francisco on 20 November, included a session titled 'Global Perspectives on Teaching Jaina Studies: Strategies, Pitfalls, and Changing Paradigms'. The session pertained to all levels of teaching Jainism, and included well-known authors along with...
Posted: 15.05.2017
By Steven M. Vose
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The panel, 'Old Voices, New Visions: Reinterpreting Jain Perspectives in Early Modern India', convened at the annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies in Honolulu, Hawai'i on 1 April 2011. The organizers of the panel, Columbia University graduate students Dipti Khera (Art History) and Audrey Truschke (Department of Middle Eastern,...
Posted: 08.05.2017
By Claire Maes
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Jaina Narratives, the 13th Jaina Studies Workshop held at SOAS on the 17th and 18th of March 2011, was a successful Jaina literary marathon. Presenters approached the theme from a broad array of perspectives, ranging from the applicability of narratological tools, Jaina poetry, and the phenomenon of intertextuality in Jaina narratives, to modern...
Posted: 04.05.2017
 
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Malwa (Mālavā) has a rich heritage of Indian painting, including Jaina subjects. The famous Bāgh caves in Malwa were painted in the style of the Ajantā tradition in the 5th-6th centuries. Kālidāsa (ca. 5th century), who is considered to be a native of Ujjain, wrote in detail about painting. Rājā Bhoja (11th century CE), a scholar and...
Posted: 04.05.2017
By Prof. Dr. Nalini Balbir
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Museum Rietberg in Zurich is Switzerland's only museum of non-European art. Right from its creation in 1952 it was conceived as an art museum and not as an ethnographic collection. The founding mission of its donator Eduard von der Heydt (1882-1964) and its first director Johannes Itten (1888-1967) was indeed to present world art: According to...
Posted: 04.05.2017
By Dr. J.R. Bhattacharyya
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Professor Satya Ranjan Banerjee was born in Umedpur, a village in the Faridpur District of the Dhaka division (now in Bangladesh). At a very early stage of life he came to Calcutta (Kolkata) and settled there with his family and started his school education. After earning his bachelor's degree with honours in Sanskrit from the University of...
Posted: 04.05.2017
By Dr. Kornelius Krümpelmann
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London With the passing away of Professor Bansidhar Bhatt, who was born on 1 June 1929 in Veda (Gujarat) and died on 4 September 2016 in Jaipur (Rajasthan), the international community of Indologists has lost a renowned scholar and a highly-esteemed colleague. Already in his student days Bhatt's great talent and unflinching dedication to his studies were...
Posted: 04.05.2017
By Prof. Dr. Maruti Nandan P. Tiwari
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Professor M.A. Dhaky, who immortalized Indian temple architecture, passed away after brief illness at his residence in Ahmedabad on 29 July 2016. With his demise we have lost one of the greatest scholars of Indology, loved and respected both by senior and young scholars in India and in other parts of the world. Dhaky was born on 31 July 1927 into a...
Posted: 03.05.2017
By Prof. Dr. Julia A. B. Hegewald
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In June 2012, the Department of Asian and Islamic Art History at the University of Bonn officially opened the Pianarosa Library, a specialist library on Jaina art and culture. The roughly 1,600 scholarly monographs, edited volumes and periodicals in European and Indian languages were donated by the family of the late Paolo Pianarosa (1949-2010)...
Posted: 02.05.2017
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London With the passing of Klaus Bruhn Jaina Studies has lost one of its most significant pillars and innovators, who nurtured the field over a period of 65 years. Born in Hamburg as the only child of the Classical Philologist and Gymnasium teacher Dr Christian Bruhn (17.12.1884 – 2.2.1960) and his wife Ilse Bruhn (née Gürich, 16.2.1897–1.6.1983), he...
Posted: 02.05.2017
By Tillo Detige
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Bhaṭṭāraka lineages proliferated throughout Western and Central India especially in the 15th and 16th centuries, and continued to flourish and multiply in the 17th to 18th centuries. Though by the 19th century they seem to have lost much of their influence, most lineages were discontinued only in 20th century. The age of the manuscripts in the...
Posted: 02.05.2017
By Prof. J.C. Wright
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The etymology, and hence the basic meaning, of the word Vetāla is unknown. The demon's representation in art is particularly gruesome. On the basis of its most explicit literary application, the Sanskrit Vetālapañcaviṃśatikā stories, it was described in the BöhtlingkRoth dictionary (1871), and was still so glossed in Mayrhofer's...
Posted: 28.04.2017
By Padmanabh S. Jaini
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Years ago, Bhuvanendra Kumar, editor of the Jinamanjari (published in Canada, now defunct), gave me a copy of the first page of a letter, written on 11x14 paper, to decipher. It is written in Marathi in Moḍī (cursive) lipi, which was used mostly for correspondence and bookkeeping during the eighteenth century in Maharashtra (Figure 1). The...
Posted: 28.04.2017
By Prof. Olle Qvarnström
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The religious, literary, and scientific exchanges between the Perso-Arabic and Indian cultural spheres during the medieval period are of vital importance for understanding the intellectual history of Asia—and, by extension, of Europe, which became the recipient of Arabized scholarship during and following the Islamic Golden Age. Nevertheless,...
Posted: 28.04.2017
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In the last two and a half millennia the itinerant Jaina mendicant tradition exerted an important influence on Indian culture and society. From its region of origin in modern Bihar it spread across most parts of South Asia. In the process it segmented into numerous schools, sects, and lineages, which emerged and differentiated in complex...
Posted: 28.04.2017
By Steven M. Vose
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London On 20 November 2016, the Jaina Studies Group met at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) in San Antonio, Texas to explore "Jains and Jainism in South India." The panel evaluated literary and historical depictions of relations between Jains and other religious traditions in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu from both Jain and non-Jain...
Posted: 28.04.2017
By Anja Pogacnik
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In Helsinki, on the last day of a very stimulating conference of the European Association for the Study of Religion, scholars from around the world gathered to discuss the latest developments in the study of contemporary Jainism. With the aim of furthering the discussion on Jainism as a lived religion within the arena of religious studies, Tine...
Posted: 28.04.2017
By Prof. Dr. Natalia Zheleznova
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The international workshop The Constitution of a Literary Legacy and the Tradition of Patronage in Jainism, organized by Christine Chojnacki and Basile Leclère, and hosted by Jean Moulin (Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Institute of Philosophical Research), was held on 14-17 September 2016. The first day of the workshop was opened by H...
Posted: 28.04.2017
By Masahiro Ueda
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The 67th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies (JAIBS) The 67th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies (JAIBS) was held at the University of Tokyo, on 3-4 September 2016. Although the papers on Jaina Studies were not assembled in a single session, seven presentations in...
Posted: 26.04.2017
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The indologist and librarian Johannes Emil Klatt (1852-1908) dedicated his short life to the study of the historical records of the Jainas. Klatt left behind the nearly completed manuscript of his monumental Jaina-Onomasticon of 1892, a 4132 page long anthology of proper names (Greek: onoma) and biographies of Jaina authors, texts and place names...
Posted: 25.04.2017
By Samani Unnata Pragya
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Workshop was organized by the CoJS in collaboration with the Gyansagar Foundation, based in New Delhi. Professor Anupam Jain from the Government Degree College in Indore opened the proceedings with the 16th Annual Jaina Lecture at SOAS on Newly Discovered Jaina Mathematical Manuscripts. He started with a reference from Mahāvīrācārya's...
Posted: 19.04.2017
By W. Norman Brown
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The generic title Saṃgrahaṇī-sūtras, essentially meaning 'compilation' or 'compendium', is used for a wide variety of texts that describe details of the Jaina universe. The most comprehensive study of these works is Collette Caillat and Ravi Kumar's The Jain Cosmology. The manuscripts of these texts often include many illustrations and cosmic...
Posted: 14.04.2017
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Dear Friends, The present volume of the Newsletter is dedicated to the appreciation of the important contributions of Professors Satya Ranjan Banerjee, Bansidhar Bhatt, Klaus Bruhn, and Madhusudan A. Dhaky. With the sad demise in 2016 of these four towering men of letters, Jaina Studies has suffered an irreplaceable loss of scholarship at its...
Posted: 13.04.2017
 
SOAS Centre for Jaina Studies 19th Jaina Studies Workshop Jainism a nd Buddhism Book of Abstracts 18 March 2017 SOAS, University of London Jaina and Buddhist Epistemology in Umāsvāti's Time Lucas den Boer, Leiden University Existing studies on the Jaina theory of knowledge recognise that the epistemological innovations in the Tattvārthasūtra (TS) were partly motivated by encounters with other philosophical...
Posted: 12.04.2017
By James Bennett
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The exhibition Realms of Wonder: Jain, Hindu and Islamic Art of India, opening at the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide on 4 October 2013 until 27 January 2014 is a milestone in the promotion of Jain art and studies in Australia. The exhibition features around fifty Jain works of art, including sculptures, paintings, manuscripts and...
Posted: 09.04.2017
 
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Posted: 05.04.2017
By Prof. Dr. John Cort
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In November 2011, the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a donation of a copper-alloy icon of a Jain goddess, probably Jvālāmālinī (Figure 1). The icon has no inscription, but its date has been estimated at the seventeenth or eighteenth century, although it might be from the nineteenth century. It...
Posted: 29.03.2017
By Dr. Patrick Krüger
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London One of two schools which predominated pre-Mughal painting in northern India during medieval times, miniature painting of the 'Western Indian Style'flourished among Śvetāmbara communities in north-western India. In contrast to the Pāla-school of north-eastern India (Bihar and Bengal) where manuscript illustrations were drawn by Buddhist monks,...
Posted: 22.03.2017
By Prof. Dr. Maruti Nandan P. Tiwari
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London During my visit to the United Kingdom as a Nehru Trust Fellow some years back I had the privilege to visit different museums in the UK, including the reserve collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The collection holds a unique seven-headed stone sculpture of a Tīrthaṅkara, seated in dhyāna-mudrā with both hands in the lap (Fig...
Posted: 17.03.2017
 
19th Jaina Studies Workshop, Jainism and Buddhism Date: 18 March 2017 Time: 9:00 AM Finishes: 18 March 2017 Time: 6:30 PM Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre Type of Event: Workshop Programme Time Description First Session 9:00am Tea and Coffee 9:15am Charles DiSimone (Ludwig-Maximilians- Universität München) Mūlasarvāstivāda Dīrghāgama Manuscript Found at Gilgit that Deals with...
Posted: 16.03.2017
 
17th Annual Jaina Lecture: Nidāna, A Word with Different Meanings Professor Shin Fujinaga (Miyakonojo National College of Technology, Miyazaki, Japan) Date: 17 March 2017 Time: 6:00 PM Finishes: 17 March 2017 Time: 7:30 PM Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre Type of Event: Workshop Abstract: As a part of introductory remark of this lecture, an overview of the general meaning of the word...
Posted: 15.03.2017
By Dr. Samani Pratibha Pragya
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London My doctoral research at SOAS focuses on prekṣādhyāna, or perceptual meditation, a modern system of meditation introduced in 1975 by Ācārya Mahāprajña (1920-2010) of the Jaina Śvetāmbara Terāpantha tradition, as the culmination of a long period of research and spiritual practice. In the modern period, prekṣā meditation becomes a means...

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