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: 08.12.2017
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Dear Sir/Madam We are happy to inform you that the a special Lecture by Prof. Dharm Chand Jain of University of Jodhpur on the subject A comparative Study of the two ancient monastic traditions (Jain and Baudh) of India is going to be organised by our Institute under a programme sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi on Saturday, the 9th of...
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: 01.12.2017
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Dear Sir/Madam We are happy to inform you that the Workshop on Tattvarthsutra of Umasvati is going to be organised by our Institute from the 3rd of Dec. 2017 to the 14thof Dec. 2017. The inauguration ceremony of this Workshop shall take place on Sunday, the 3rd of December at 10.00 AM in the Seminar Hall of the B.L. Institute of Indology, Shri Vijay Vallabh Smarak Jain...
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...
Posted: 07.08.2017
By Prof. Dr. John Cort
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The 12th Jaina Studies Workshop at SOAS on 18-19 March 2010, although only two days long, felt like a long journey through the history of Jainism. This year's theme was a very striking one: Jaina Yoga, a rare focus in Jaina Studies but highly interesting and long awaited. In spite of all the thorough research on yoga, the Jaina perspective has...
Posted: 31.07.2017
By Dr. Robert J. Del Bonta
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Male nudity is a distinguishing characteristic of Digambara iconography, and one that clearly distinguishes it from that of the Jaina Śvetāmbaras. In the Digambara tradition, nudity signifies the full discarding of all possessions and reflects the actions of all of the Jinas in the line of twenty-four. According to the Śvetāmbaras, only the...
Posted: 24.07.2017
By Prof. Dr. John Cort
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London From August 5 through October 23, 2011, the New Orleans Museum of Art presented The Elegant Image, an exhibition of South Asian bronzes (or, more accurately, copper-alloy sculptures), almost all of which were from the collection of Dr Siddharth K. Bhansali. Nearly one-third of the sculptures on display were Jain. While the significant presence of...
Posted: 17.07.2017
By Mari Johanna Jyväsjärvi
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London My doctoral dissertation examines representations of nuns in Indian Buddhist and Śvetāmbara Jain monastic commentaries from the sixth and seventh centuries CE. Although these texts comment extensively on the nuns' rules in the two traditions, they have been hitherto virtually overlooked by scholars investigating the history of Buddhist and Jain...
Posted: 10.07.2017
By Audrey Truschke
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London From the late sixteenth to the early seventeenth centuries, Śvetāmbara Jains from Gujarat frequented the Mughal court in substantial numbers. They participated in a variety of cross-cultural exchanges with royal figures and composed Sanskrit texts that explore the implications of their imperial connections. I detail both the social and textual...
Posted: 03.07.2017
By Steven M. Vose
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London My PhD dissertation, currently in progress, examines the history of Śvetāmbara Jainism in the first half of the fourteenth century, a period of intense political upheaval in western India, through the life and works of the Kharatara Gaccha monk Jinaprabhasūri (12611333). Known principally for his Vividhatīrthakalpa (Chapters on Various...
Posted: 26.06.2017
By Prof. Dr. John Cort
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London There are thousands of medieval copper-alloy icons in temples in western India today, and dozens in museum collections. Often overlooked, some of these icons offer an insight into medieval ritual culture and are well worth investigation. One such example is a medieval Digambar Jain copper-alloy icon that was recently donated to the Ackland Art...
Posted: 19.06.2017
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology We are happy to inform you that the 29th Shri Atam Vallabh Summer School of Prakrit Language and Literature is going to be organised by our Institute from the 04th of June to the 25th of June, 2017. The Valedictory ceremony of this School shall take place on Sunday, the 25th of June at 10.30 AM in the Seminar Hall of the Guest House Complex of the Vijay Vallabh Smarak,...
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...
Posted: 13.06.2017
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Special Lectures on Indian /Jain Art Cordial Invitation Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology & International School of Jain Studies have the pleasure to cordially invite you to attend the following two special lectures of Prof. Maruti Nanadan Prasad Tiwari, Prof.- Emeritus & former HoD of the History of Art, at the B.H.U., Varanasi, on the subjects and dates...
Posted: 12.06.2017
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Jainas are widely recognised as the Indian pilgrims par excellence. A plethora of recent studies has therefore investigated Jaina pilgrimage circuits and pilgrimage manuals. So far, research has concentrated almost exclusively either on the annual vihāra of the itinerant Jaina mendicants or on the occasional individual or communal pilgrimages...
Posted: 07.06.2017
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Dear Sir/Madam We are sending herewith the invitation Card for Lecture on Jain Art on 09th of June 2017 at India International Centre, Lecture Room II, (Annexe), New Delhi. You are cordially invited to kindly grace the occasion and to oblige us. Kindly see the invitation card in the enclosure. With regards, Prof. G.C. Tripathi Director B.L. Institute of Indology...
Posted: 05.06.2017
By Dr. Luitgard Soni
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The International Association of Sanskrit Studies (IASS) has been organising a World Sanskrit Conference (WSC) almost every 3 years since 1972 when it was first held in Delhi. These conferences cover the spectrum of Sanskrit matters in its many areas of the written and spoken language. The 15th WSC was held in India again (for the fourth time) from...
Posted: 01.06.2017
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Dear Sir/Madam We are happy to inform you that the 29th Shri Atam Vallabh Summer School of Prakrit Language and Literature is going to be organised by our Institute from the 04th of June to the 25thof June, 2017. The inauguration ceremony of this School shall take place on Sunday, the 04th of June at 10.30 AM in the Seminar Hall of the Guest House Complex of the Vijay...
Posted: 29.05.2017
By Prof. Dr. Robert J. Zydenbos
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London On January 2nd, 2012, a one-day conference on Jaina Studies took place in Bengaluru (the city formerly known as Bangalore), at a somewhat unexpected venue. Jain University (previously known as Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College) is a 'deemed university' according to the Indian University Grants Commission Act, that has focussed on technological and...
Posted: 22.05.2017
By Nathan Loewen
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London How do you 'teach' Jainism? The 2011 annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, held in San Francisco on 20 November, included a session titled 'Global Perspectives on Teaching Jaina Studies: Strategies, Pitfalls, and Changing Paradigms'. The session pertained to all levels of teaching Jainism, and included well-known authors along with...
Posted: 15.05.2017
By Steven M. Vose
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The panel, 'Old Voices, New Visions: Reinterpreting Jain Perspectives in Early Modern India', convened at the annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies in Honolulu, Hawai'i on 1 April 2011. The organizers of the panel, Columbia University graduate students Dipti Khera (Art History) and Audrey Truschke (Department of Middle Eastern,...
Posted: 08.05.2017
By Claire Maes
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Jaina Narratives, the 13th Jaina Studies Workshop held at SOAS on the 17th and 18th of March 2011, was a successful Jaina literary marathon. Presenters approached the theme from a broad array of perspectives, ranging from the applicability of narratological tools, Jaina poetry, and the phenomenon of intertextuality in Jaina narratives, to modern...
Posted: 04.05.2017
 
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Malwa (Mālavā) has a rich heritage of Indian painting, including Jaina subjects. The famous Bāgh caves in Malwa were painted in the style of the Ajantā tradition in the 5th-6th centuries. Kālidāsa (ca. 5th century), who is considered to be a native of Ujjain, wrote in detail about painting. Rājā Bhoja (11th century CE), a scholar and...
Posted: 04.05.2017
By Prof. Dr. Nalini Balbir
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Museum Rietberg in Zurich is Switzerland's only museum of non-European art. Right from its creation in 1952 it was conceived as an art museum and not as an ethnographic collection. The founding mission of its donator Eduard von der Heydt (1882-1964) and its first director Johannes Itten (1888-1967) was indeed to present world art: According to...
Posted: 04.05.2017
By Dr. J.R. Bhattacharyya
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Professor Satya Ranjan Banerjee was born in Umedpur, a village in the Faridpur District of the Dhaka division (now in Bangladesh). At a very early stage of life he came to Calcutta (Kolkata) and settled there with his family and started his school education. After earning his bachelor's degree with honours in Sanskrit from the University of...
Posted: 04.05.2017
By Dr. Kornelius Krümpelmann
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London With the passing away of Professor Bansidhar Bhatt, who was born on 1 June 1929 in Veda (Gujarat) and died on 4 September 2016 in Jaipur (Rajasthan), the international community of Indologists has lost a renowned scholar and a highly-esteemed colleague. Already in his student days Bhatt's great talent and unflinching dedication to his studies were...
Posted: 04.05.2017
By Prof. Dr. Maruti Nandan P. Tiwari
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Professor M.A. Dhaky, who immortalized Indian temple architecture, passed away after brief illness at his residence in Ahmedabad on 29 July 2016. With his demise we have lost one of the greatest scholars of Indology, loved and respected both by senior and young scholars in India and in other parts of the world. Dhaky was born on 31 July 1927 into a...
Posted: 03.05.2017
By Prof. Dr. Julia A.B. Hegewald
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In June 2012, the Department of Asian and Islamic Art History at the University of Bonn officially opened the Pianarosa Library, a specialist library on Jaina art and culture. The roughly 1,600 scholarly monographs, edited volumes and periodicals in European and Indian languages were donated by the family of the late Paolo Pianarosa (1949-2010)...
Posted: 02.05.2017
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London With the passing of Klaus Bruhn Jaina Studies has lost one of its most significant pillars and innovators, who nurtured the field over a period of 65 years. Born in Hamburg as the only child of the Classical Philologist and Gymnasium teacher Dr Christian Bruhn (17.12.1884 – 2.2.1960) and his wife Ilse Bruhn (née Gürich, 16.2.1897–1.6.1983), he...
Posted: 02.05.2017
By Tillo Detige
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Bhaṭṭāraka lineages proliferated throughout Western and Central India especially in the 15th and 16th centuries, and continued to flourish and multiply in the 17th to 18th centuries. Though by the 19th century they seem to have lost much of their influence, most lineages were discontinued only in 20th century. The age of the manuscripts in the...
Posted: 02.05.2017
By Prof. J.C. Wright
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The etymology, and hence the basic meaning, of the word Vetāla is unknown. The demon's representation in art is particularly gruesome. On the basis of its most explicit literary application, the Sanskrit Vetālapañcaviṃśatikā stories, it was described in the BöhtlingkRoth dictionary (1871), and was still so glossed in Mayrhofer's...
Posted: 28.04.2017
By Padmanabh S. Jaini
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Years ago, Bhuvanendra Kumar, editor of the Jinamanjari (published in Canada, now defunct), gave me a copy of the first page of a letter, written on 11x14 paper, to decipher. It is written in Marathi in Moḍī (cursive) lipi, which was used mostly for correspondence and bookkeeping during the eighteenth century in Maharashtra (Figure 1). The...
Posted: 28.04.2017
By Prof. Olle Qvarnström
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The religious, literary, and scientific exchanges between the Perso-Arabic and Indian cultural spheres during the medieval period are of vital importance for understanding the intellectual history of Asia—and, by extension, of Europe, which became the recipient of Arabized scholarship during and following the Islamic Golden Age. Nevertheless,...

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