A South Indian Jaina Rathotsava (Chariot Festival) at Nellikar in Tuḷunāḍu

Posted: 30.05.2018
By Padmanabh S. Jaini
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The present day Tuḷunāḍu Jains can be divided into three groups: (1) Jains (2) Śeṭṭi-Jains and (3) Indra-s. They are all Digambaras and speak both Tuḷu and Kannada. The Indra-Jains (also known as "Purohita-s" and "Jain-Brāhmaṇas") are hereditary priests at [Digambara] Jain temples (basadi-s). The Venerable Bhaṭṭāraka Cārukīrti...

Darśana Bodhi

Posted: 08.02.2018
By Padmanabh S. Jaini
Enlightenment qua Darśana (2) (i.e., enligh­tened world-view)- 1. Attainment of Darśana (2) which was hitterto not obtained. 2. Reflection over the means of attainment of Darśana (2). darśanabodhiḥ - darśanamohanīyakṣayopaśamādisampannaḥ śraddhānalābhaḥ. (Sthā 2 Vṛ Pa 91) See - Bodhi .


Posted: 07.02.2018
By Padmanabh S. Jaini
A sub-category of Kaṣāyakuśīla Nirgrantha (3); that ascetic (Muni), who, by indulging in anger, conceit etc. in context of Darśana (2) (i.e., enligh­tened world-view), violates the observance of Darśana. See - Jñānaka ṣ āyakuś ī la.

Darśana Ātmā

Posted: 07.02.2018
By Padmanabh S. Jaini
The consciousness qua intuition - That mode of soul, which is in the form of Darśana (1) (intuition - apprehension of generic attribute). darśanātmā sarvajīvānāṃ... 'jassa daviyāyā tassa daṃsaṇāyā niyamaṃ atthi' tti yathā siddhasya kevaladarśanaṃ 'jassavi daṃsaṇāyā tassa daviyāyā niyamaṃ atthi' tti yathā cakṣudarśanādidarśanavatāṃ jīvatvam. (Bhaga 12.200,203 Vṛ)


Posted: 16.01.2018
By Padmanabh S. Jaini
Sentience - It is the distinguishing characteristic of the Jīva (soul); it is in the form of j ṅāna (knowledge) and Darśana (1) (intuition - apprehension of generic attribute). cetanālakṣaṇo hi jīvāḥ. (PrajnāVṛ Pa 454) cetanā jñanadarśanātmikā. (Jaisidī 2.3 Vṛ) See - Upayoga .

The Theory of Knowledge in Akalaṅka’s Laghīyastraya

Posted: 04.01.2018
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London This study, the focus of my doctoral dissertation, attempts to reconstruct the theory of knowledge according to Akalaṅka, a Jaina Digambara philosopher who lived in India during the 8th century C.E. (720-780?). It is based on a preliminary critical edition and a translation of Akalaṅka's Laghīyastraya and of Abhayacandra's commentary, entitled...

Jaina Scriptures and Philosophy: SOAS Jaina Studies Workshop 2009

Posted: 13.12.2017
By Kristi L. Wiley
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London For what has become a rite of early spring, scholars, students, and community members gathered for the 11th annual Jaina Studies Workshop at SOAS on 12-13 March, organized by SOAS, Lund University and the V&A. The topics of the presentations were wide-ranging, from philosophy, logic, textual studies, and karma theory to the Ājīvikas, rituals of...

Nāth And Dādūpanthī Critique Of Jains

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...

Kundakunda on the Modal Modification of Omniscient Jīvas

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: 18.10.2017
By Dr. Ana Bajželj
A type of Darśana (intuition); the Darśana i.e., apprehension of the generic attribute of the object, made through the Cakṣurindriya (the sense-organ of sight). cakṣurindriyeṇa darśanaṃ-rūpasāmānyagrahaṇalaksaṇaṃ cakṣurdarśanatn. ( Prajñā 29.3 Vṛ Pa 527)