Posted: 21.05.2016
By Purshottam Jain, Ravinder Jain
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London We learn of the existence of Jain manuscript collections in various cities and towns of ancient Punjab, the boundaries of which went up to Kandahar (Afghanistan) in the northwest and close to Delhi in the south. In the Punjab, the Jain tradition begins with the yatis, who played a very significant role in preserving the Jain religion during the...
Posted: 20.05.2016
By Prof. Dr. Piotr Balcerowicz
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Jaina collections of manuscripts are related to my study in Indian epistemology and logic, and hence unknown or rare texts in Jaina collections have always been a focus. It seems that, unlike Śvetāmbara, Digambara collections of manuscripts are less known and accessible to researchers. Throughout the years of my search for such manuscripts, I...
Posted: 19.05.2016
By Prof. Dr. Ramprakash Poddar
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London An Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Sanskrit on Historic Principles has been in progress at the Deccan College, Pune, since 1948. Dr A. M. Ghatage, a retired professor of Ardhamāgadhī, worked on this Dictionary from 1972 to 1982 and published Vols. I & II, comprising 1,677 pages. Navalmal K. Firodia, a local industrialist, philanthropist and freedom...
Posted: 18.05.2016
By Dr. Nirmal Baid
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The year 2014 was celebrated as the birth centennial of the 9th head of the order of the Terapanth Jain tradition, Acharya Tulsi. In this article, I present vintage photos from Acharya Tulsi's life with a hope to give you a vivid perspective on the life of this legend. I have had the good fortune of growing up in Rajasthan where Acharya Tulsi...
Posted: 17.05.2016
By Muzaffar Ahmad
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London District Chakwal has long been known for its Buddhist, Hindu and Jain archaeological heritage. A previously unreported caraṇa-pādukā stone block has recently been discovered near the peak of Chel-Abdal in Basharat, District Chakwal, Pakistan. This current discovery is unique as it is the first time in the Chakwal district that any Jaina...
Posted: 16.05.2016
 
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Roundtable at the 18th Jaina Workshop (2016), SOAS University of London
Posted: 16.05.2016
By Kimberly Masteller
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London One of the great vernacular artistic traditions that flourished in medieval India is the wooden architecture found in Gujarat, in Western India. Many structures were created in this tradition, including largescale temples, urban homes and elaborately carved shrines. The ghar derasars, literally "house temples" of Gujarat were a unique development...
Posted: 15.05.2016
By Prof. Dr. John Cort
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London A total of eight-four Jina temples adorned with flagpoles are in the middle of the city of Jaipur and spread through all four parts of the city. There are domestic shrines all over the city totaling eight-four. I venerate them with mind, speech and body thrice daily, and keep them all in my heart. The Jains are justifiably well-known among scholars...
Posted: 14.05.2016
By Ellen Gough
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Digambara Jains believe that in the second century CE, when the entirety of the teachings of Mahāvīra (āgama) were on the brink of being forgotten, the monk who possessed the remaining memory of these teachings, Dharasena, tasked two of his monastic disciples, the monks Puṣpadanta and Bhūtabali, to record the teachings in the text that became...
Posted: 13.05.2016
By Prof. J.C. Wright
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The status and importance of the dialogue between the brothers Citta and Saṃbhūta in the Buddhist and Jain canons have been considerably diminished by its being presented, to an extent by tradition, and apparently definitively by Ernst Leumann (WZKM, 5, 1891 and 6, 1892) as an episode extracted from an extensive pre-existing corpus of...
Posted: 12.05.2016
By Prof. Dr. Anupam Jain
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Space and Time: In the Perspectives of Jainism and Science, Anupam Jain, SOAS University of London
Posted: 12.05.2016
By Tillo Detige
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Calendared auspiciously in the days leading up to the pūrṇimā of the month of Māgha, full moon day of 2-3 February 2015, a two-day workshop on Jainism took place at the Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH) at Manipal University in Karnataka, India. It was organised by Professors Sundar Sarukkai and Meera Baindur, both of Manipal...
Posted: 11.05.2016
By Prof. Laxmi Chandra Jain
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Non-Absolutism (Anekānt) and Modern Physics, L.C. Jain, SOAS University of London
Posted: 11.05.2016
By Prof. Dr. Nagarajaiah Hampana
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Pacchakkhāna leading to Sallekhanā, Hampana Nagarajaiah, SOAS University of London
Posted: 11.05.2016
By Hamsa Stainton
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In March, the 2014 annual meeting of the Association of Asian Studies included a well-attended panel on the popular genre of praise-poetry known as the stotra. The papers for this panel, entitled "Beyond Conventions: Sanskrit Praise Poetry and Its Multiple Audiences," analyzed the literary practices and audiences of such works. Collectively, they...
Posted: 10.05.2016
By Prof. Dr. Christine Chojnacki
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: When Science Meets Fiction, Christine Chojnacki, SOAS University of London
Posted: 10.05.2016
By Kristi L. Wiley
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London he 16th Jaina Studies Workshop, hosted by the SOAS Centre for Jaina Studies, was held 21 March 2014. It coincided with the ten-year anniversary of the Centre's founding. The theme was Jaina Hagiography and Biography. On the evening prior to the workshop, Dr Saryu Doshi, formerly Honorary Director of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai,...
Posted: 10.05.2016
By Basile Leclère
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Architectural Science in Jain Poetry: Descriptions of Kumārapāla’s Temples, Basile Leclère, SOAS
Posted: 09.05.2016
By Prof. Dr. Johannes Bronkhorst
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Jaina versus Brahmanical Mathematicians, Johannes Bronkhorst, SOAS University of London
Posted: 09.05.2016
By Dr. Ratna Kumar Shah
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Jinabhadragaṇi Kṣamāśramaṇa: Computational Wizard of Sixth Century C.E., Ratna Kumar Shah, SOAS
Posted: 07.05.2016
By Amruta Chintaman Natu
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London During his four-decade long research career, Georg BÜHLER (1837-1898) dealt with a variety of subjects, from Dharmaśāstra and palaeography to religion and epigraphy, but many of his insights and investigations proved vital to the progress of Jaina Studies. He spent nearly one third of his life in India (1863 to 1880). Resigning the position of...
Posted: 06.05.2016
By Dr. Catherine Morice-Singh
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: The Treatment of Series in the Gaṇitasārasaṃgraha of Mahāvīrācārya, Catherine Morice-Singh, SOAS
Posted: 06.05.2016
By Samani Unnata Pragya
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Jaina Docterine of Timelessness, Samaṇī Unnata Prajñā, SOAS University of London
Posted: 06.05.2016
By Anupama Delacour
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Jaina domestic shrine in the collection of the Dahlem Museum in Berlin comes from Gujarat (Figure 1). The collector Robert Stolper bought this shrine in India and sold it to the Dahlem Museum in April 1966. In a letter dated February 1966 to Sir Härtel, director of the Museum, Robert Stolper writes: "I have received news that the temple [sic.]...
Posted: 05.05.2016
By Dr. Marie-Hélène Gorisse
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: Scientific Knowledge in Jainism, Marie-Hélène Gorisse, SOAS University of London
Posted: 05.05.2016
By Prof. Muni Mahendra Kumar
19 March 2016 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Video: The Enigma of Cosmology, Muni Mahendra Kumar, SOAS University of London
Posted: 05.05.2016
By Andrew Topsfiel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean is fortunate in having the most representative collection of Indian art in Britain outside London. The Museum's first major Indian sculpture, an 11th- century Pala stone image of Vishnu, was acquired as long ago as 1686. A flurry of Indian collecting activity began in Oxford in the late 19th century, with the founding...
Posted: 04.05.2016
By Dr. Catherine Morice-Singh
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Gaṇitasārasaṃgraha (GSS) is a very significant Sanskrit treatise on mathematics, maybe the first one to have survived in a complete form. It was composed by Mahāvīrācārya, a Jaina Digambara ācārya living in the 9th century during the reign of Amoghavarṣa, a Rāṣṭrakūṭa king ruling in Maharashtra and Karnataka. The discovery,...
Posted: 03.05.2016
By Prof. Dharmchand Jain
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Department of Sanskrit, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur (India) is engaged in research on Jain philosophical texts and tenets. Having obtained her PhD degree in this field under the supervision of the present writer, Dr Shweta Jain has worked on causality and the pañca-kāraṇa-samavāya doctrine of Jainism. Her work has been jointly...
Posted: 02.05.2016
By Andrew More
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London What do the early Śvetāmbara texts say about the lay community? To answer this question in my PhD thesis I read many of the early Śvetāmbara texts and I made note of all the passages relating to people who are not monks or nuns. My interest in the lay community developed having read the work of Folkert (1993: 177ff.) who proposed to study...
Posted: 01.05.2016
By Prof. J.C. Wright
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Thanks especially to Ludwig Alsdorf's studies of various chapters of Uttarajjhāyā, we know that variations in metre are a guide to the textual history of Jain Prakrit narrative texts. The Citta-Saṃbhūijja dialogue (Utt., ch. 13) comprises a basic triṣṭubh dialogue, some anuṣṭubh amplification, and 'at a still later stage... vv. 1-3...
Posted: 30.04.2016
By Dr. Andrea Luithle-Hardenberg
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The contributions with a focus on Jainism at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) in Atlanta on November 21-25, 2015 were framed in different academic fields, ranging from Indology to Religious Studies to Cultural Anthropology. Presentations related to Jain Studies were spread over the entire four days of the AAR conference,...
Posted: 29.04.2016
By Tillo Detige
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London From 15 to 19 July 2015, the University of Lausanne, Switzerland hosted the 12th International Conference on Early Modern Literatures in North India (ICEMLNI). The conference was organised by Maya Burger and Nadia Cattoni on their spacious and green campus close to the shores of the idyllic Lac Léman. The triennial ICEMLNI intends to bring...
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...
Posted: 27.04.2016
By Ellen Gough
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London From 1-2 May, 2015, Yale University hosted the firstever international graduate student conference on Jainism. Thanks to generous support from the JivDaya Fund, the Lex Hixon Visiting Speakers Fund in the Department of Religious Studies, and the South Asian Studies Council at Yale, graduate students from across Europe and the United States were...
Posted: 26.04.2016
By Dr. Tine Vekemans
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London On Thursday evening, 19 March 2015, in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre at SOAS, a renowned expert in the field of Śaivism and Tantra, Professor Alexis Sanderson (University of Oxford) introduced the topic of the 17th Annual Jaina Studies Workshop, Jaina Tantra, to a large audience of scholars and practitioners of Jainism. Sanderson was...
Posted: 18.04.2016
 
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London
Posted: 16.03.2016
 
16th Annual Lecture: Newly Discovered Jaina Mathematical Manuscripts and their Content Lecture by: Anupam Jain (Government Degree College, Sanwer, Indore) Date: 18 March 2016Time: 6:00 PM Finishes: 18 March 2016Time: 7:30 PM Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre Type of Event: Annual Lecture Victory banner. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Biography Dr. Anupam Jain has published three...
Posted: 03.03.2016
 
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Posted: 09.02.2016
 
SOAS Centre for Jaina Studies 18th Jaina Studies Symposium Jainism and Science Book of Abstracts 19 March 2016 SOAS, University of London Upakāra in Akalaṅka's Tattvārthavārtika Ana Bajželj, Postdoctoral Polonsky Academy, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel In the sūtra s 5.17–22 of his Tattvārthasūtra Umāsvāti lists various kinds of assistance ( upakāra ) in the production of certain effects...
Posted: 06.02.2016
 
18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science Victory banner. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Date: 19 March 2016 Time: 9:00 AM Finishes: 19 March 2016 Time: 6:00 PM Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre Type of Event: Conference The Jains have a distinctive attitude to science and knowledge. The Jain approach defines science as encompassing all forms of knowledge, including the...
Posted: 02.02.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
A funerary palanquin was once regarded as the exclusive privilege of royalty, and until recently, could only be paraded in public with permission of the king. One of the oldest detailed descriptions of an Indian royal funeral culminating in the collection of bones and ashes, that of King Daśaratha, father of Rāma, in Vālmīki's Rāmāyaṇa (Rām) II.65-77, mentions a funeral palanquin, or śibikā, used for...
Posted: 07.12.2015
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Please find herewith Notification and application form regarding our next (28th) Summer School in Prakrit Language & Literature commencing from the 22nd of May to the 12th of June 2016. Kindly note the dates. We would also request you to kindly pass on this information to the persons interested in the course. The information as well as the application form may also be...
Posted: 21.11.2015
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology We feel immense pleasure in informing you that we are going to organise a special lecture on The Role and Functions of Prakrit in the Sanskrit Dramas, delivered by Prof. G.C. Tripathi, Director, B.L. Institute of Indology, Delhi on Wednesday, 02nd of December, 2015 at 4:00 PM at India International Centre, Lecture Room 1 (Annexe), 40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi 110003...
Posted: 01.11.2015
 
With the blessing of Param Pujya Sarakoddharak Acharya Shri 108 Gyan Sagar Maharaj Ji and his vision and the Gyan Sagar Science Foundation (GSF) came into being in September 2009 with the primary object of bridging Science and Society and to propagate ancient scientific knowledge for the wellbeing of mankind. The foundation aims to provide a national forum where different disciplines of Science (Physics,...
Posted: 08.09.2015
 
17th Jaina Studies Workshop Jaina Tantra Roundtable, 17th Jaina Studies Workshop was held on 20 March 2015 at SOAS, University of London: This roundtable addresses the question: "In the 19th century, many Indian social and religious reformers differentiated 'custom and rituals' from 'true religion'. Is this distinction still relevant for lived Jainism today?" In the Chair: John E. Cort (Denison University, USA)...
Posted: 08.09.2015
 
17th Jaina Studies Workshop Jaina Tantra Session 4 - Tantra in Hinduism and Jainism, 17th Jaina Studies Workshop was held on 20 March 2015 at SOAS, University of London : John E. Cort (Denison University, USA): Reading Gorakhnāth through a Jain Lens: Jain Receptions of the Nāths in Pre-Colonial North India Olle Qvarnström (University of Lund, Sweden): Tantra in Practice: How to Convert a King Video:
Posted: 08.09.2015
 
17th Jaina Studies Workshop Jaina Tantra Session 2 - Jaina Tantra and Meditation, 17th Jaina Studies Workshop was held on 20 March 2015 at SOAS, University of London: Shugan Chand Jain (International Summer School for Jain Studies, New Delhi): Peculiarities of Jaina Yoga as depicted in Jñānārṇava by Śubhacandra (1003-1068 A.D.) Christopher Key Chapple (Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA): The...
Posted: 08.09.2015
 
17th Jaina Studies Workshop Jaina Tantra Session 1 - Textual Studies, 17th Jaina Studies Workshop was held on 20 March 2015 at SOAS, University of London. Paul Dundas (University of Edinburgh, Scotland): Tantra Without ‘Tantrism’: The Quotidian Jain Mantra According to Somasena Bhaṭṭāraka Jagat Ram Bhattacharyya (Shantiniketan, India): Tantric Elements in the Original Praśnavyākaraṇa‒ A Study...

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