Posted: 13.01.2018
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London It is a common stereotype of textbooks on world reli­gions that Jains never worshipped the remains of the Jinas, and consequently never developed a ritual culture parallel to the cult of relics in Buddhism. In his well- known study The Jaina Path of Purification, P. S. Jaini (1979: 193) recalls that neither "the Srāvakācāras [the medieval texts...
Posted: 12.01.2018
 
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Istudied the characteristics of the Mūrtipūjaka Śvetāmbara Jain lay community in Delhi through the history of the existing 'Old Delhi' Jains and their commu­nities, and the settlements of newcomers since their exo­dus during the Partition in 1947. The Mūrtipūjaka Jains are a minority in Delhi. There are only 16 Śvetāmbara temples in the...
Posted: 11.01.2018
By Dr. Anne Vallely
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Jaina Studies was the focus of two academic panels at the 2007 American Academy of Religion (AAR) con­ference held in November in San Diego. The 'Religion in South Asia' section of the AAR had a panel devoted specifically to Jaina Studies. It featured papers from Jim Hastings, Whitney Kelting, Sherry Fohr, Stephen Quin- lan and Anne Vallely. The...
Posted: 11.01.2018
By Dr. Robert J. Del Bonta
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London When illustrating the lives of the Jinas, it is typical to use examples from the Śvetāmbara Kalpasūtra , and many paintings from manuscripts of it have been published over the years. One might get the impression that this text is the only one to recount the lives of the Jinas, but there are actually many such texts in a variety of languages that...
Posted: 10.01.2018
By Prof. Olle Qvarnström
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Jainism and Modernity, the 9th international Jaina Studies Workshop at SOAS was funded by the Centre for Jaina Studies and Lund University, two key mem­bers of the European Initiative for Cooperation on Jain Studies. Individual members of the Jain community, who all wish to remain anonymous, contributed as well. The theme of the workshop, Jainism...
Posted: 09.01.2018
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Research in Jainism has a long tradition at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the Uni­versity of London. It is associated with eminent Ind- ologists such as Sir Ralph Turner, John Brough, Arthur Llewellyn Basham, Duncan Derrett, Padmanabh S. Jaini, Robert Williams, John Gray and J. Clifford Wright, who during their spells at...
Posted: 08.01.2018
By Dr. Robert J. Del Bonta
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London J aina art is included in many exhibitions of Indian art, particularly exhibits of painting. But it is extremely rare to have an exhibition that concentrates exclusively on Jainism, and the forthcoming exhibition at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City will do just that. Organized by Phyllis Granoff, Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection,...
Posted: 07.01.2018
By Prof. Dr. John Cort
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The seventeenth through nineteenth centuries saw a vibrant profusion of vernacular religious poetry in the north Indian urban centers of the Digambar Jains. More accurately, because it was all meant to be sung, we should call it hymnody. Starting from the time of Banārsīdās (1586-1643), every generation saw a significant number of men gathering...
Posted: 06.01.2018
By Dr. Ellen Gough
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In recent decades, scholars have produced a bulk of studies on the formation and ritual use of the mantras and yantras of Hinduism and Buddhism. However, save a few mentions, academics have largely overlooked their Jain equivalents, with researchers consistently viewing these practices in Jainism as a borrowing from Hinduism. The common scholarly...
Posted: 05.01.2018
By Dr. R. Uma Maheshwari
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The subject of this report concerns one of my areas of research on the collections in London supported by a fellowship from the Nehru Trust for the Indian collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum. This is part of a larger project on the history of the Tamil Jaina community.1 By 'relational', I mean the kind of personal identification with the...
Posted: 04.01.2018
 
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London This study, the focus of my doctoral dissertation, attempts to reconstruct the theory of knowledge according to Akalaṅka, a Jaina Digambara philosopher who lived in India during the 8th century C.E. (720-780?). It is based on a preliminary critical edition and a translation of Akalaṅka's Laghīyastraya and of Abhayacandra's commentary, entitled...
Posted: 03.01.2018
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London One of the most neglected areas of research in Asian religions is the sociology of monastic orders. This is surprising, given the pivotal importance of organised asceticism for contemporary Jain, Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Jain mendicant orders are the oldest surviving monastic traditions of the world. Today, they broadly refer to themselves as...
Posted: 02.01.2018
By Thomas Oberlies
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The doyen of Jaina studies in Germany, Dr. Gustav Roth, died on 6th of June 2008 at the age of 92 at his home in Lenglern near Göttingen. He was born on 22nd January 1916 in Breslau, Silesia, then a part of Germany. In 1937, he was admitted to the university of his home town and studied Indology under Paul Thieme. His teacher impressed him deeply,...
Posted: 01.01.2018
By Prof. Dr. Klaus Bruhn, Prof. Dr. Willem Bollée
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Prakrit Jñānabhāratī International Award is presented to an eminent scholar of international recognition who has rendered a significant contribution to the development of Prakrit Studies. The award is administered by the National Institute of Prakrit Studies and Research at Śravaṇabeḷagoḷa (Karnataka, India). The Institute was...
Posted: 31.12.2017
By Dr. Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London South Asia Research and Information Institute (SARII) and the Religious Studies Department of Southern Methodist University (SMU) organised a one-day conference on "Jainism in South India" on September 20, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. The objective of the conference was to highlight the significant influences Jainism has had on South Indian Culture. The...
Posted: 30.12.2017
By Dr. Anne Vallely
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London For a second year in a row, the DANAM (Dharma Association of North America) conference, held in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion meetings in Chicago, hosted a Jainism panel. Organized by Anne Vallely (University of Ottawa) and chaired by Stephen Quinlan of the same university, the panel, with the theme of "The Intersection of...
Posted: 29.12.2017
By Dr. Shin Fujinaga
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Jainism has been known to the Japanese for at least one thousand years. Before the Meiji era the understanding of it was only through Chinese Buddhist texts. Some of these Chinese texts refer to Niggaṇṭhanāta-putta Ṛṣabha and also offer some opinions of Jainism. Nichiren, founder of the Nichiren set of Buddhism in the 13th century, refers...
Posted: 28.12.2017
By Dr. Anne Vallely
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The 10th "Jubilee" annual Jaina Studies Workshop at SOAS was an intensive day-long affair that included debate, inspiring findings and a sumptuous visual bonanza for all who attended. Although few in the audience shared the specialized training in Jaina art and architecture of the presenters, all benefited from the experience, and were left with...
Posted: 27.12.2017
 
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Taking the Prakrit courses at SOAS, comprising two half units, 'Introduction to Prakrit' and 'Readings in Prakrit', has been a great learning experience in this academic year. The first term is designed essentially to furnish students with the basic rules of Prakrit grammar in association with translation exercises between Prakrit and English in...
Posted: 26.12.2017
By Jasmine Kelly
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Jainpedia is a new image database with comprehensive material on Jainism launching in spring 2010 at www. jainpedia.org. It aims to bring the religious and cultural heritage of the Jain faith to believers, researchers and the general public via the Internet. One of Jainpedia's principal aspirations is to advance scholarly endeavours by enabling the...
Posted: 25.12.2017
 
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Jaina art was very much in evidence in New York City this autumn with two exhibitions. The Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection at the Rubin Museum of Art from 18 September 2009 to 15 February 2010 presented an historical survey of the Jina in painting and sculpture, comprised of works from private and public collections in the United States...
Posted: 24.12.2017
By Dr. Robert J. Del Bonta
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco holds a fair number of Jaina artefacts, both paintings and sculptures. The collection includes a complete Kalpasūtra text consisting of eighty-four folios with forty illustrated sides and also a few stray folios from other dispersed manuscripts. However, since these consist of familiar material, for our...
Posted: 23.12.2017
By Dr. Naomi Appleton
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Religious discourse in South Asia is dominated by the telling of stories, very often life histories. Alongside doctrinal explanations, cosmological enumerations, and descriptions of practice, are many concrete examples in the form of biographical narratives. In discussions of karma, rebirth, and ethics, no examples can be more helpful than stories...
Posted: 22.12.2017
By Dr. Marie-Hélène Gorisse
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London J ain philosophers have developed, mainly from the seventh to the eleventh centuries, a contextual theory of cognition according to which knowledge is always dependent upon a theoretical background bearing on its very definition, its goal and its domain (this last issue is tackled by their 'theory of viewpoints', nayavāda). With the soteriological...
Posted: 21.12.2017
By Viraj Shah
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The hilly region of Maharashtra on the western coast of India is famous for a long and rich tradition of rockcut architecture with World Heritage Buddhist and Brahmanical cave-sites such as Ajanta, Ellora and Elephanta. Compared to these, the Jaina caves of the region, except for those at Ellora, are little known. The present study attempts to...
Posted: 20.12.2017
By Frank Van Den Bossche
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London For the Pythagoreans wisdom (sophia) consisted of the recognition of religious and moral obligations of man defined in an eschatological context. The lover of such wisdom was called a philosphos, a 'philosopher,' one of— if not the earliest —uses of the word in that sense. Pythagoras (ca. 570 to ca. 490 BCE) taught the immortality and...
Posted: 18.12.2017
By Dr. Shin Fujinaga
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The eminent Jaina monk Jambūvijayajī passed away on 12 November 2009 after a sudden traffic accident. Born into a Jaina family in Gujarat, India, at the age of 14, he became a Jaina monk under the guidance of Muni Bhuvanavijayajī of the Tapā Gaccha Mūrtipūjaka tradition. Muni Bhuvanavijayajī was his father in secular life and thus, he was...
Posted: 16.12.2017
By Dr. Ellen Gough
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In conjunction with the exhibit Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection, curated by Phyllis Granoff and on display at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York from 18 September 2009 to 15 February 2010, Yale University hosted a symposium on Jaina art from 13-14 November 2009. Scholars from various disciplines and areas of interest presented thirteen...
Posted: 15.12.2017
By Dr. Christoph Emmrich
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London I t was, of all places, at the 2008 Toronto Tamil Studies Conference that Anne Monius from the Harvard Divinity School and the author of these lines met on a panel and thought: what a surprising and yet typical place to meet for people in Jain Studies! Indeed, scholars in our field based in Canada and the US usually come together only at intimate...
Posted: 14.12.2017
By Eiichi Yamaguchi
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The 14th World Sanskrit Conference was held on 1-5 September 2009 at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. It was the third time the conference was held in Asia, after Varanasi 1981 and Bangalore 1997. Nearly five hundred Sanskrit scholars attended from all over the world. They discussed many topics, divided into fifteen sections and two special panels,...
Posted: 13.12.2017
By Kristi L. Wiley
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London For what has become a rite of early spring, scholars, students, and community members gathered for the 11th annual Jaina Studies Workshop at SOAS on 12-13 March, organized by SOAS, Lund University and the V&A. The topics of the presentations were wide-ranging, from philosophy, logic, textual studies, and karma theory to the Ājīvikas, rituals of...
Posted: 12.12.2017
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In the absence of extensive archaeological evidence, monastic chronologies and hagiographies, inscriptions and the information in the colophones of handwritten or printed Jaina texts are almost the only sources available for the reconstruction of Jaina religious and social history. This fact was highlighted by Walther Schubring who, in his...
Posted: 11.12.2017
By Burkhard Quessel, Marina Chellini, Prof. Dr. Nalini Balbir
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London From October 2010 to the end of April 2011, Jain manuscripts are in evidence with a special display in the Sir John Ritblatt Gallery of the British Library, otherwise known as the Treasures Gallery. They are shown to the public for the first time and include a selection of pages reflecting the diversity and wealth of Jain manuscripts that the...
Posted: 04.12.2017
By Dr. Robert J. Del Bonta
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The collection of Indian painting at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is quite rich in the number and diversity of its Jaina holdings. The great majority were gifts of the late Jean and Francis Marshall, who gave more than 300 paintings to the Museum. Francis, in particular, was very fond of early painting,...
Posted: 27.11.2017
By Dr. R. Uma Maheshwari
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Among the pieces that are in the process of being digitally catalogued at the Victoria and Albert Museum are three brass artefacts labeled as 'Jaina'. These once formed part of the collection of Herbert Bradley, part of which was sold to the V&A Museum by his wife, Mrs L.S. Bradley, in 1924. Herbert Bradley initially served as Assistant Collector...
Posted: 20.11.2017
By Mike Wheeler, Nick Barnard
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London A selection of illustrated Śvetāmbara Jain manuscript pages and paintings from Gujarat and Rajasthan, dating from the 15th to 19th centuries, is currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The display, comprised of holdings from the Museum, is part of the JAINpedia website project digitising Jain manuscripts in UK...
Posted: 13.11.2017
By Cam Sharp Jones
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Indian temple has been a focal point of artistic movement in the Indian subcontinent since the 5th century CE. It was the theme of a recent exhibition held from 4 August to 15 November 2010 at the Shanghai Museum, part of the Expo 2010 cultural programme. The exhibition, curated by Dr Michael Willis of the British Museum and titled India: The...
Posted: 06.11.2017
By Dr. Patrick Krüger
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London This essay on the classification of Jaina bronze sculptures builds on my MA Dissertation at the Freie Universität Berlin on Jaina Bronzen aus Westindien (mainly Gujarat and Rajasthan), the results of which will be presented in greater detail in a forthcoming monograph. Pictures of many of the examined objects have already been published, e.g. by...
Posted: 30.10.2017
By Jens Wilhelm Borgland
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London My thesis, A Translation and Investigation of the Satyaśāsanaparīkṣā (Investigation into the True Teaching), focuses on a 10th century Jain philosophical Sanskrit text composed by the Digambara philosopher Vidyānandin. Though it has been known and available since around 1920, the text has received little scholarly attention. It was edited...
Posted: 23.10.2017
By Shruti Malde
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Leśyā or les(s)ā in Prākrit has been expressed in various ways in Jainism - as colour of the soul, type of soul, karmic stain, aura, (volitional) colouration, thought paint etc. There are six main classes of leśyā; kṛṣṇa (black), nīla (blue), kāpota (grey), tejas (red), padma (lotus pink) and śukla (white) of which the first three...
Posted: 16.10.2017
By Ph.D. Andrea R. Jain
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London This report summarizes the findings of my PhD dissertation, Health, Well-being, and the Ascetic Ideal: Modern Yoga in the Jain Terāpanth, which I completed in the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University in April 2010. The dissertation evaluates prekṣā dhyāna, a Terāpanthī school of yoga. I found that the practice and ideology of...
Posted: 09.10.2017
By Knut Aukland
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Nākoḍā Bhairava is a protective deity in a Jain Śvetāmbara pilgrimage site in western Rajasthan. He is extremely popular in the Śvetāmbara community, and also well known to scholars of Jainism, for his granting of boons. Conducting fieldwork in Rajasthan, however, I was struck by a different aspect of Nākoḍā Bhairava, namely his habit...
Posted: 02.10.2017
By Michael Willis
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London One of the most notable Jain sculptures in the British Museum, held in the collections for over a century, is a standing figure of the goddess Ambikā (figure 1). Elegantly carved in white marble, it carries an inscription of King Bhoja on the base with a date corresponding to 1034-35. The inscription has presented difficulties due to the formulaic...
Posted: 25.09.2017
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The project Jaina Rituals of Death aims at the completion of a comprehensive monograph on new and yet unpublished findings on Jaina stūpas and practices of relic worship in contemporary Jaina culture. It represents the culmination of long-term archival and field research in India. The project will also contribute to the development of new...
Posted: 18.09.2017
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London At the time of his sudden death in the small Rajasthani town Sardārśahar, Ācārya Mahāprajña was arguably the most prominent contemporary Jain monk, well known and respected throughout the world, not least because of his frequent appearances on Indian Television, reflecting his modernist outlook. I first met him in 1981, when I visited the...
Posted: 11.09.2017
By Anne Monius
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Jaina Studies Consultation convened for its second session at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion on 1 November 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Four scholars presented fascinating papers on the theme of 'Jain Bodily Practices and Representations of the Body' to an audience of roughly thirty scholars in various fields of...
Posted: 04.09.2017
By Tomoyuki Uno
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The 61st Congress of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies (JAIBS) was held at Rissho University, Tokyo, on 9-10 September 2010. The JAIBS is the largest conference on Indian and Buddhist Studies in Japan, and has been held every year since 1949. The congress this year comprised 14 panels and 271 speakers. Of these, six papers...
Posted: 28.08.2017
By Dr. Luitgard Soni
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The DMG, German Oriental Studies Society, held its 31st Conference of Oriental Studies in Marburg, Germany, from 20–24 September 2010. In the extensive frame of the most prominent conference of Oriental Studies in Germany, in the section "Indology and South Asian Studies" a panel on Jaina Studies was organised by Jayandra Soni, Department of...
Posted: 21.08.2017
By Dr. Jayandra Soni
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In one trip to Mysore and Śravaṇabeḷagoḷa delegates and participants had the unique experience of witnessing five functions in grand Indian style. The first was a three-day international conference on 'Jainism through the Ages' held from 8-10 October 2010 at the Daśara Exhibition Complex in Mysore, organised by the Directorate of...
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...

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