10.03.01 ►Relationship between the Naya and Pramana Types of Knowledge

Posted: 26.06.2018
If reality is not completely comprehended by the naya or by some of the pramanas, the question of their validity needs consideration. What kind of validity would the Jaina like to assign to these partial comprehensions? We have seen that the determination of partial comprehensions is also based on something ontologically true in the structure of the objects. The pramanas that fail to comprehend reality as a...

09.04 ►Upayoga (Manifestation of Consciousness)

Posted: 09.06.2018
Upayoga is a general term comprising all activity related to consciousness. Literally, it means the attention or coordination of a subject and object. It is the manifestation of the faculty of knowing that is possessed by the soul. Cognition is also upayoga . This is of two types: nirakaraupayoga (general perception) of consciousness (inarticulate cognition) is darshana (or perception); sakaraupayoga...

Communicating Jainism: Media and Messages at the European Association for the Study of Religion Conference 2017

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...

Peacock-Feather Broom (Mayūra-Picchī): Jaina Tool for Non-Violence

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...

Jaina Studies at the 16th World Sanskrit Conference, Bangkok 2015

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...

Ahimsa Times 186, 2016-01

Posted: 05.02.2016
Ahimsa Times AHIMSA & VEGETARIANISM JAINS URGE BIHAR CM TO BAN NON-VEG ITEMS, LIQUOR AT PAWAPURI Biharsharif: February 3rd 2016: A day after Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das asked to ban open sale and consumption of non-veg items and liquor at Parasnath, a Jain pilgrimage centre in Giridih district, Jain religious leaders and organizations in Bihar urged CM Nitish Kumar to accord the same status to Pawapuri, where...

4.5 ► Jain Logic, Psychology and The Theory of Knowledge

Posted: 04.12.2015
The art of reasoning, commonly known as logic, may be defined as the methodology of intellectual (including empirical) examination of objective or intuitive reality. It is also the study of necessity, possibility and a method of deduction predicated upon syllogisms. Logic makes philosophy reasonable and rational. All physical and metaphysical objects and concepts such as the soul, the universe, karma, God, or...


Posted: 14.07.2015
The Seven Facets of Reality Saptabhangi-tarangini is a rare and important treatise of Jaina philosophy from the pen of prominent scholar pandit Vimaladasa. It is written in Sanskrit prose. Acharya Samanta-bhadra pronounced the Jaina theory regarding Existence, Knowledge and Expression. The same has been expanded and explained in detail by Acharya Akalanka and Acharya Vidyananda. Saptabhangi-tarangini is an...

The Taste of the Mango: A Jaina-Buddhist Controversy on Evidence

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...

Prabhācandra’s Status In The History Of Jaina Philosophy

Posted: 23.12.2014
By Dr. Jayandra Soni
International Journal of Jaina Studies (Online) Vol. 9, No. 8 (2013) 1-13 Abstract In dealing with the history of Jaina philosophical speculation after the age of the Āgamas, K. K. Dixit in his now well-known 1971 work Jaina Ontology (pp. 88-164) conveniently divides the specu­lations into three stages which he calls the “Ages of Logic”. It is Prabhācandra, one of the thinkers of the third stage...