Self, Not Self, and the Reasonableness of Rebirth

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...

Bovine Dharma: Nonhuman Animals and the Swadhyaya Parivar

Posted: 18.10.2016
By Dr. Pankaj Jain
Introduction This chapter is about the perspectives towards nonhuman animals that are exemplified by Swadhyayis - Swadhyaya practitioners - in the Indian state of Gujarat. The Swadhyaya movement arose in the mid-twentieth century in India as a new religious movement, led by its founder, late Pandurang Shastri Athavale (1920–2003). In my research, I have discovered that there is no category of...

Sherry Fohr

Posted: 23.04.2015
By Dr. Pankaj Jain
Sherry Fohr is Associate Professor of Religion and Co-Director of Women's Studies, Converse College, South Carolina, USA. Dr. Sherry Elizabeth Fohr received her BA from Ithaca College, and MA and PhD in religious studies from the University of Virginia. She studied the Hindi language for one year in India, the Urdu language for six months in Pakistan, and received a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to conduct one year...

Jainism In Comparison With Hinduism And Buddhism

Posted: 01.07.2010
By Dr. Pankaj Jain
1. Introduction The history of India has witnessed two distinct traditions since pre-historic times. They can be viewed as the two parallel streams, one being the Vedic culture and the other being Shramanic culture. Vedic culture is sometimes called as Hinduism or Sanatan Dharma or Brahmanism. Whereas under the broad category of Shramanic culture, there are two distinct religions: Jainism and Buddhism. This...

Proem: Author's Note

Posted: 03.05.2009
Khajurāho, 12th cent. C.E. Śri Sarasvatyai Namaḥ Scholars have noticed the three distinct traditions in the story of Rāmāyaṇa and (Mahā) Bhārata, namely the Buddhist, Jaina and Hindu. Analogous to this, in the corpus of literature and sculptures on Sarasvatī also exists differences between the above three traditions. This monograph deals mainly with the Jaina tradition where the deity is more...

Global Congress On World’s Religions After September 11

Posted: 14.11.2008
A Global Congress on World’s Religions after September 11 - An Asian Perspective will meet in New Delhi from January 17-20, 2009 at the Jamia Millia Islamia University campus. This Congress is being hosted by the recently established Centre for the Study of Comparative Religions and Civilizations at the University. This Congress is a sequel to the Global Congress on World's Religions After September 11, which...