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,...
Posted: 28.04.2017
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In the last two and a half millennia the itinerant Jaina mendicant tradition exerted an important influence on Indian culture and society. From its region of origin in modern Bihar it spread across most parts of South Asia. In the process it segmented into numerous schools, sects, and lineages, which emerged and differentiated in complex...
Posted: 28.04.2017
By Steven M. Vose
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London On 20 November 2016, the Jaina Studies Group met at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) in San Antonio, Texas to explore "Jains and Jainism in South India." The panel evaluated literary and historical depictions of relations between Jains and other religious traditions in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu from both Jain and non-Jain...
Posted: 28.04.2017
By Anja Pogacnik
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In Helsinki, on the last day of a very stimulating conference of the European Association for the Study of Religion, scholars from around the world gathered to discuss the latest developments in the study of contemporary Jainism. With the aim of furthering the discussion on Jainism as a lived religion within the arena of religious studies, Tine...
Posted: 28.04.2017
By Prof. Dr. Natalia Zheleznova
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The international workshop The Constitution of a Literary Legacy and the Tradition of Patronage in Jainism, organized by Christine Chojnacki and Basile Leclère, and hosted by Jean Moulin (Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Institute of Philosophical Research), was held on 14-17 September 2016. The first day of the workshop was opened by H...
Posted: 28.04.2017
By Masahiro Ueda
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The 67th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies (JAIBS) The 67th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies (JAIBS) was held at the University of Tokyo, on 3-4 September 2016. Although the papers on Jaina Studies were not assembled in a single session, seven presentations in...
Posted: 26.04.2017
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The indologist and librarian Johannes Emil Klatt (1852-1908) dedicated his short life to the study of the historical records of the Jainas. Klatt left behind the nearly completed manuscript of his monumental Jaina-Onomasticon of 1892, a 4132 page long anthology of proper names (Greek: onoma) and biographies of Jaina authors, texts and place names...
Posted: 25.04.2017
By Samani Unnata Pragya
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Workshop was organized by the CoJS in collaboration with the Gyansagar Foundation, based in New Delhi. Professor Anupam Jain from the Government Degree College in Indore opened the proceedings with the 16th Annual Jaina Lecture at SOAS on Newly Discovered Jaina Mathematical Manuscripts. He started with a reference from Mahāvīrācārya's...
Posted: 19.04.2017
By W. Norman Brown
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The generic title Saṃgrahaṇī-sūtras, essentially meaning 'compilation' or 'compendium', is used for a wide variety of texts that describe details of the Jaina universe. The most comprehensive study of these works is Collette Caillat and Ravi Kumar's The Jain Cosmology. The manuscripts of these texts often include many illustrations and cosmic...
Posted: 14.04.2017
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Dear Friends, The present volume of the Newsletter is dedicated to the appreciation of the important contributions of Professors Satya Ranjan Banerjee, Bansidhar Bhatt, Klaus Bruhn, and Madhusudan A. Dhaky. With the sad demise in 2016 of these four towering men of letters, Jaina Studies has suffered an irreplaceable loss of scholarship at its...
Posted: 12.04.2017
By James Bennett
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The exhibition Realms of Wonder: Jain, Hindu and Islamic Art of India, opening at the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide on 4 October 2013 until 27 January 2014 is a milestone in the promotion of Jain art and studies in Australia. The exhibition features around fifty Jain works of art, including sculptures, paintings, manuscripts and...
Posted: 05.04.2017
By Prof. Dr. John Cort
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In November 2011, the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a donation of a copper-alloy icon of a Jain goddess, probably Jvālāmālinī (Figure 1). The icon has no inscription, but its date has been estimated at the seventeenth or eighteenth century, although it might be from the nineteenth century. It...
Posted: 29.03.2017
By Dr. Patrick Krüger
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London One of two schools which predominated pre-Mughal painting in northern India during medieval times, miniature painting of the 'Western Indian Style'flourished among Śvetāmbara communities in north-western India. In contrast to the Pāla-school of north-eastern India (Bihar and Bengal) where manuscript illustrations were drawn by Buddhist monks,...
Posted: 22.03.2017
By Prof. Dr. Maruti Nandan P. Tiwari
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London During my visit to the United Kingdom as a Nehru Trust Fellow some years back I had the privilege to visit different museums in the UK, including the reserve collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The collection holds a unique seven-headed stone sculpture of a Tīrthaṅkara, seated in dhyāna-mudrā with both hands in the lap (Fig...
Posted: 15.03.2017
By Samani Pratibha Pragya
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London My doctoral research at SOAS focuses on prekṣādhyāna, or perceptual meditation, a modern system of meditation introduced in 1975 by Ācārya Mahāprajña (1920-2010) of the Jaina Śvetāmbara Terāpantha tradition, as the culmination of a long period of research and spiritual practice. In the modern period, prekṣā meditation becomes a means...
Posted: 08.03.2017
By Prof. Dr. John Cort
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Everyone observes Holī in north India, as it is a festival that emphasizes the forgiveness of past faults and the creation of bonds with friends and neighbors. Jains are among those who participate in Holī, but some of the customs of the holiday create problems for those who more closely observe orthodox Jain ethical norms. For example, the...
Posted: 01.03.2017
By Dr. Marie-Hélène Gorisse
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In the direct continuation of the work undertaken in my doctoral dissertation, the first aim of this post-doctoral project is to produce an improved Sanskrit text, as well as an English translation of a selected text about Jaina theory of knowledge and argumentation: the section on inference in the third chapter of the Prameyakamalamārtaṇḍa,...
Posted: 22.02.2017
By Prof. J.C. Wright
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London A footnote may be added to John E. Cort's instructive essay on a Digambara image of CE 1511 (Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies, 7, 2012, 30ff.). Its inscription alludes to the lineage of a known eminent Bhaṭṭāraka Vijayakīrti of north-east Gujarat, and lists the donors' immediate family. Cort provided a transcription and translation...
Posted: 15.02.2017
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London South Asia is dotted with numerous funerary cenotaphs for Jaina mendicants. These memorials are often relic stūpas. They generally mark the sites of cremation, rather than death, of renowned historical individuals, often monks or nuns who died a special death through self-starvation, or sallekhanā. Sites of cremation of Jaina saints are perceived...
Posted: 08.02.2017
By Dr. Luitgard Soni
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Buddhist and Jaina Studies Conference organized by Christoph Cüppers and Jayandra Soni was held from 11 to 16 February 2013 in a very special location: Buddha's birth place in Lumbini, Nepal. Scholars from Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Japan, Nepal and the United States participated in the conference, which took place at the...
Posted: 01.02.2017
By Dr. Marie-Hélène Gorisse
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Held in Lille, France from June to November 2012, the international seminar 'Debate, Argumentation and Theory of Knowledge in Classical India: The Import of Jainism' was co-organized by Shahid Rahman (University of Lille), Peter Flügel (SOAS) and MarieHélène Gorisse (Ghent University). It was sponsored by the European Institute of Social...
Posted: 25.01.2017
By Lindsey Harlan
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London This symposium brought scholars to Amherst College to honour retiring Lawrence Alan Babb, the Willem Schupt Professor of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College. A distinguished anthropologist, Babb has published widely, his most recent works being two ethnographic monographs on merchant communities in Rajasthan. The symposium held in...
Posted: 18.01.2017
By Prof. Dr. John Cort
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Jain Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) sponsored two sessions at the 2012 annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on November 1720. The first session, entitled "Jains, Muslims, Christians: Interrogating Religious Borders in Sultanate, Mughal and Colonial India," was co-sponsored with the Religion in South Asia Section. There...
Posted: 11.01.2017
By Dr. Atul K. Shah
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The title of the March 2012 conference 'Biodiversity Conservation and Animal Rights – Religious and Philosophical Perspectives' says a lot about the breadth and scope of this crucial and sensitive subject. It is quite appropriate that this interdisciplinary event was hosted by the Centre for Jaina Studies at SOAS, as of all the religions, the...
Posted: 04.01.2017
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Jaina Studies have become an accepted part of the Study of Religion. This series provides a medium for regular scholarly exchange across disciplinary boundaries. It will include edited volumes and monographs on Jainism and the Jains. Volume One: Studies in Jaina History and Culture:...
Posted: 28.12.2016
By Dr. Kornelius Krümpelmann
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The German Indologist Johannes Klatt (1852- 1903) gave his magnum opus the title Jaina Onomasticon. There's no need for any further consideration of the term 'Jaina' since the work deals without exception with the literature and history of the Jains. The second part of the title, 'Onomasticon', is derived from the Greek 'onoma' or 'name' and can be...
Posted: 21.12.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In 1873 Georg Bühler, then Education Inspector of the Bombay Presidency based in Surat, sent a letter to Albrecht Weber of the University of Berlin on 'The Sacred Scriptures of the Jainas' which detailed the Sanskrit titles of 45 Āgamas of the Mūrtipūjaka Śvetāmbara tradition under seven subheadings: 11 Angas, 12 Upângas, 10 Payannas, 6...
Posted: 14.12.2016
By Dr. A.V. Narasimha Murthy
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In 2002 a chance discovery of a circular laterite tablet was made at Parkaḷa, a place close to Maṇipāl on the Kārkaḷa-Uḍupi Road. The local youth organization took up the work of cleaning both sides of the main road (of its debris and bushes) in front of the Parkaḷa High School. While doing so they had totally destroyed a historic site...
Posted: 07.12.2016
By Prof. J.C. Wright
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The two inscriptions discussed here seem more than usually puzzling: it would be interesting to know whether others can suggest better solutions. They are from the personal collection of Thomas Perardi, to whom we are indebted for careful and detailed photography. The complex shrine, 18-19 cm. high, with twentythree Jinas surrounding the central...
Posted: 29.11.2016
By Divyen Shah
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In the earliest Śvetāmbara canonical scripture, the Ācārāṅga, is found a list of 16 diseases, interpreted as associated with a rise in karmic particles. Disease and human suffering is a product of and also results in karmic particles that stick to the soul and form a barrier that has to be shed before a perfect body and kevalajñāna is...
Posted: 25.11.2016
By Tillo Detige
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London For most of the second millennium CE, Bhaṭṭārakas, or clothed, sedentary renunciants, were at the helm of the Digambara monastic lineages, surrounded by celibate brahmacārīs and lay paṇḍitas or pāṇḍes. Far less regular in this period are references to naked, peripatetic monks (muni) and nuns (āryikā). Bhaṭṭārakas were...
Posted: 16.11.2016
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Hardly anything is known about the life of one of the pioneers of Jaina Studies in the 20th century: Dr Robert Hamilton Blair Williams, born 21.8.1915 in Buckland, East Tilbury, Essex, deceased at an unknown location in 1975. His second book Jaina Yoga: A Survey of the Medieval Śrāvakācāras became highly influential, particularly after the...
Posted: 10.11.2016
By Hotta Kazuyoshi
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London In 2013, three academic conferences and seminars on Jainism were held in Japan. Below, I would like to provide a brief report on these meetings. The 64th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies, Matsue The 64th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies (JAIBS) was held at...
Posted: 02.11.2016
By Chris Haskett
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London For the past several years, the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) has featured a panel on Jainism organized by the Jain Studies group. These panel sessions have been increasingly well-attended, and have sought to showcase new, innovative, and exploratory work in Jain Studies. In the midst of an enormous conference with...
Posted: 27.10.2016
By Alexander von Rospatt
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Celebrating Professor Padmanabh S. Jaini's ninetieth birthday and his pioneering contributions to the study of Jainism in the western world, a select group of academics from Europe and the United States congregated on Saturday, 26 October 2013 for a daylong symposium on Jainism hosted by the Center of South Asia Studies of the University of...
Posted: 10.10.2016
By Dr. Anna Aurelia Esposito
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Seventh International Würzburg Colloquium “Perspectives of Indian Studies”- Exploring Jain Narrative Literature , organized by Anna Aurelia Esposito and financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG), was held from 30 August to 1 September 2013 in Würzburg, Germany. Scholars from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, India and...
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...

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