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: 13.04.2017
 
SOAS Centre for Jaina Studies 19th Jaina Studies Workshop Jainism a nd Buddhism Book of Abstracts 18 March 2017 SOAS, University of London Jaina and Buddhist Epistemology in Umāsvāti's Time Lucas den Boer, Leiden University Existing studies on the Jaina theory of knowledge recognise that the epistemological innovations in the Tattvārthasūtra (TS) were partly motivated by encounters with other philosophical...
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: 09.04.2017
 
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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: 17.03.2017
 
19th Jaina Studies Workshop, Jainism and Buddhism Date: 18 March 2017 Time: 9:00 AM Finishes: 18 March 2017 Time: 6:30 PM Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre Type of Event: Workshop Programme Time Description First Session 9:00am Tea and Coffee 9:15am Charles DiSimone (Ludwig-Maximilians- Universität München) Mūlasarvāstivāda Dīrghāgama Manuscript Found at Gilgit that Deals with...
Posted: 16.03.2017
 
17th Annual Jaina Lecture: Nidāna, A Word with Different Meanings Professor Shin Fujinaga (Miyakonojo National College of Technology, Miyazaki, Japan) Date: 17 March 2017 Time: 6:00 PM Finishes: 17 March 2017 Time: 7:30 PM Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre Type of Event: Workshop Abstract: As a part of introductory remark of this lecture, an overview of the general meaning of the word...
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: 21.01.2017
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Dear Sir/Madam, Please find herewith Notification and application form regarding our next (29 th ) All India Shri Atam Vallabh Summer School 2017 in Prakrit Language & Literature commencing from the 21 st of May to the 11 th of June 2017. Kindly note the dates and I would also request you to kindly pass on this information to the persons interested in the course. These...
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: 01.12.2016
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Dear Sir/Madam This is for your kind information that B.L. Institute of Indology, Delhi in collaboration with ICPR, New Delhi is going to organise 11 days National Seminar from 05th Feb. to 15th of February 2017 on Tattvarthasutra of Umaswati. Application form with circular is attached. Interested persons may apply. With thanks, Prof. G.C. Tripathi Director B.L...
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: 02.10.2016
By Lucas den Boer
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The SOAS Centre for Jaina Studies hosted the 15th Jaina Studies Workshop on 22 March 2013 The theme was Jaina logic. On the evening prior to the workshop, Piotr Balcerowicz (University of Warsaw) delivered the 13th Annual Jaina Lecture: Jaina Logic and Epistemology: Is This How It All Began? Piotr Balcerowicz (University of Warsaw) Balcerowicz...
Posted: 29.07.2016
 
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Posted: 12.07.2016
By Prof. Dr. Johannes Bronkhorst
International Journal of Jaina Studies International Journal of Jaina Studies (Online) Vol. 12, No. 1 (2016) 1-10 Abstract Unlike the Buddhists, Jaina authors have contributed in an important manner to the history of mathematics in India. Unfortunately many of their texts have not survived, but what has survived allows us to form a good impression. The present paper concentrates on the way in which Jaina...
Posted: 24.06.2016
 
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology 2016.05.22 BLII 28th Shri Atam Vallabh Summer School of Prakrit Language and Literature Invitation Card 2016.05.22 BLII Report 01 2016.05.22 BLII Report 02 2016.05.22 BLII Report 03 2016.05.22 BLII Inaugural Function 01 Guests of the Function 2016.05.22 BLII Inaugural Function 02 Prof. GC Tripathi welcoming 2016.05.22 BLII Inaugural Function 03 Scholars and Participants...
Posted: 08.06.2016
By Prof. Dr. Nagarajaiah Hampana
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Paper Presented at The National Seminar Organised by Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology, New Delhi 13/14 February 2016 Pacchakkhāṇa leading to Sallehaṇā Dr. Hampa. Nagarajaiah (Hampanā) Emeritus Professor, Bengaluru Preamble The relevance of a Seminar on Sallekhanā is of greater significance and needs no exaggeration since a debate on euthanasia is now of...
Posted: 21.05.2016
 
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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 Dr. 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...

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