Posted: 20.03.2018
 
SOAS Centre for Jaina Studies 20th Anniversary Jaina Studies Workshop History and Current State of Jaina Studies Book of Abstracts Digambara Books of Discipline: A Study in Progress Nalini Balbir, Sorbonne III, University of Paris, France While the canonical Śvetāmbara Chedasūtras have been the starting point of increased scholarship in the last decades, their Digambara counterparts are still very...
Posted: 20.03.2018
 
SOAS Centre for Jaina Studies 20th Anniversary Jaina Studies Workshop History and Current State of Jaina Studies Date: 24 March 2018 Time: 9:00 AM Finishes: 24 March 2018 Time: 6:00 PM Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre Type of Event: Workshop Programme First Session: History of Digambara Literature and Philosophy 9.00 Tea and Coffee 9.15 Hampana Nagarajaiah (Bangalore, India) Current...
Posted: 20.03.2018
 
SOAS Centre for Jaina Studies 20th Anniversary Jaina Studies Workshop History and Current State of Jaina Studies The 18th Annual Jaina Lecture Friday, 23 rd March 2018, SOAS, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre 18.00 Eva de Clercq (University of Ghent) Jainism and the Rāmāyaṇa 19.30 Reception Brunei Gallery Suite
Posted: 13.01.2018
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London It is a common stereotype of textbooks on world reli­gions that Jains never worshipped the remains of the Jinas, and consequently never developed a ritual culture parallel to the cult of relics in Buddhism. In his well- known study The Jaina Path of Purification, P. S. Jaini (1979: 193) recalls that neither "the Srāvakācāras [the medieval texts...
Posted: 12.01.2018
 
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Istudied the characteristics of the Mūrtipūjaka Śvetāmbara Jain lay community in Delhi through the history of the existing 'Old Delhi' Jains and their commu­nities, and the settlements of newcomers since their exo­dus during the Partition in 1947. The Mūrtipūjaka Jains are a minority in Delhi. There are only 16 Śvetāmbara temples in the...
Posted: 11.01.2018
By Dr. Anne Vallely
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Jaina Studies was the focus of two academic panels at the 2007 American Academy of Religion (AAR) con­ference held in November in San Diego. The 'Religion in South Asia' section of the AAR had a panel devoted specifically to Jaina Studies. It featured papers from Jim Hastings, Whitney Kelting, Sherry Fohr, Stephen Quin- lan and Anne Vallely. The...
Posted: 11.01.2018
By Dr. Robert J. Del Bonta
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London When illustrating the lives of the Jinas, it is typical to use examples from the Śvetāmbara Kalpasūtra , and many paintings from manuscripts of it have been published over the years. One might get the impression that this text is the only one to recount the lives of the Jinas, but there are actually many such texts in a variety of languages that...
Posted: 10.01.2018
By Prof. Olle Qvarnström
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Jainism and Modernity, the 9th international Jaina Studies Workshop at SOAS was funded by the Centre for Jaina Studies and Lund University, two key mem­bers of the European Initiative for Cooperation on Jain Studies. Individual members of the Jain community, who all wish to remain anonymous, contributed as well. The theme of the workshop, Jainism...
Posted: 09.01.2018
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Research in Jainism has a long tradition at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the Uni­versity of London. It is associated with eminent Ind- ologists such as Sir Ralph Turner, John Brough, Arthur Llewellyn Basham, Duncan Derrett, Padmanabh S. Jaini, Robert Williams, John Gray and J. Clifford Wright, who during their spells at...
Posted: 08.01.2018
By Dr. Robert J. Del Bonta
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London J aina art is included in many exhibitions of Indian art, particularly exhibits of painting. But it is extremely rare to have an exhibition that concentrates exclusively on Jainism, and the forthcoming exhibition at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City will do just that. Organized by Phyllis Granoff, Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection,...

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