Posted: 07.11.2017
By Monika Horstmann
1. Critique of Jains in vernacular religious literature In northern Indian vernacular literature of the early modern period ideological difference and rivalry between religious groups were articulated in a number of literary forms. Especially three of these come to mind, namely, debate on doctrinal differences, hagiography, and blame. While the various forms may blend, they are usually distinguishable as trends...
Posted: 24.10.2017
By Dr. Ana Bajželj
I The whole of Jaina theoretical and practical enterprise is based on the notions of perfection and perfectibility. Even though perfection is not attainable in our time and place, its attainability is supported by the lives of the many omniscients (kevalin), perfect beings of the past and present, who reached perfection by way of progress through their individual efforts. Their perfection is expressed as 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: 02.02.2017
By Dr. Eva De Clercq
In medieval times Jaina Digambara monasticism became identified pri­marily with the Bhaṭṭāraka institution. The Bhaṭṭāraka was the prime reli­gious authority, but as a domesticated, clothed monk involved in worldly affairs, he shared more characteristics with the laity than with the traditional naked wandering monks. In the last decades, invaluable studies have provided some insight into the more...
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...
Posted: 06.10.2016
By Dr. Eva De Clercq
Scholarly as well as popular discourse on Śatruñjaya, the most famous and important of Śvetāmbara pilgrimage sites, associate the sanctity of the site with the time of the first Tīrthaṅkara, Ṛṣabha or Ādinātha. This association became firmly established since its inclusion in Jinabhadrasūri's pilgrimage handbook Vividhatīrthakalpa composed in 1333. However, if we retrace the biography of...
Posted: 01.10.2016
By Dr. Eva De Clercq
The ancient legend of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya, and the search for his kidnapped wife Sita, is one of the most popular and influential stories in and beyond South-Asia. This is evident from the great number and variety of adaptations of the story, which we find in so many different forms, from the reliefs at the Prambanan temples in Indonesia, to the classical dances of Thailand. What many Jains are unaware...
Posted: 22.06.2016
 
Press Release First Project on Jain Art History and Religion enriches German Research Centre 16 June 2016, by Kaete Hamburger Kolleg Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe. Bochum, Germany - Every year internationally renowned scholars from the broad range of fields within humanities are invited to conduct their research at one of the ten international Kaete Hamburger Centres in Germany...
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...

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