Posted: 01.04.2015
By Prof. Dr. Nalini Balbir
JainPedia The festival of Mahāvīr Jayantī is celebrated annually in commemoration of the birthday of the 24th Jina, Mahāvīra. It takes place on the 13th day of the bright half of the month of Caitra, which runs roughly from mid-March to mid-April. One of the few festivals celebrated by all sects of Jains, Mahāvīr Jayantī is also the only Jain festival officially recognised by the Indian government...
Posted: 19.02.2015
By Dr. Jérôme Petit
JainPedia Scales of Perfection The ultimate goal in Jainism - emancipation of the soul from the cycle of rebirth - is a very long and difficult road. This is surely why Jain doctrine has created a ‘Scale of Perfection’, which goes from total delusion to total omniscience. It presents the route to liberation in 14 stages. The scale has been named guṇasthāna, coined from Sanskrit words for the...
Posted: 21.07.2014
 
JainPedia       My name is Jasmine Kelly and I'm the content manager of JAINpedia.org Working closely with Nalini Balbir, editor-in-chief of the website, my main responsibility is to edit content and ensure it meets our standards. When I joined the project in 2009, it struck me that JAINpedia.org was a very ambitious project, with admirable goals. We're very proud of what we've accomplished - and we keep...
Posted: 01.07.2014
 
JainPedia Newsletter Editorial Welcome and join me in celebrating 2 million page views of the JAINpedia site! We are very excited to see the popularity of the site, and look forward to continue bringing you even more articles and content. In this issue of our Newsletter you will see a link to our new fundraising initiative - please pledge and ensure the growth of this site, at the same time as rewarding...
Posted: 17.02.2014
 
JainPedia Newsletter Editorial A Happy New Year to everyone! Last year brought an end to JAINpedia events and exhibitions at partner institutions, however it was still an eventful year for us. The Institute of Jainology has been busy developing education materials, and a highlight this season is the Jain community in India achieving minority status. We have had Ahimsa Day celebrations, an attendance in Rome for...
Posted: 26.06.2013
By Prof. Dr. Nalini Balbir
JainPedia One of the most important Jain tales, the Story of Śālibhadra has enjoyed wide circulation among Śvetāmbara Jains in Gujarat and Rajasthan. It has been passed down through the centuries in the main languages Śvetāmbaras have used, namely Prakrit, Sanskrit and Gujarati. It is a good representative of religious teaching in narrative form - dharma-kathā. Its significance comes from the restaging...
Posted: 25.06.2013
 
JainPedia JAINpedia has a host of new features as it is now live and off beta status. An exciting development is a new mini-site called Learn Jainism . From lesson plans, 'How To' videos, games and puzzles a wealth of information has been developed to help teach Jainism to the younger audiences. To amplify the multi-media site, the new features on JAINpedia include an Interactive Timeline, and a site wide Image...
Posted: 22.11.2012
 
JainPedia Welcome to our November 2012 newsletter. We are all busy this month preparing for our Diwali celebrations at the V&A in London which will see the winner of our National Rangoli Competition have her entry recreated in the museum by the community as a whole. We also recently celebrated Ahimsa Day and awarded Scott Neeson the 2012 Ahimsa Award. You can read his amazing story on the IoJ website. If you...
Posted: 03.09.2012
 
JAINpedia will be celebrating Diwali at the Victoria & Albert Museum again this year. The family day, will include Rangoli making, however to portray your creativity, why not take part in our Rangoli competition! Create your own design, submit a photo of it to info@jainpedia.org by 19th September 2012 and the V&A will recreate your design at the museum on 25th November 2012, during the JAINpedia Diwali...
Posted: 21.12.2011
 
Welcome to the 3rd JAINpedia e-newsletter. The team at JAINpedia are delighted that the www.jainpedia.org beta site is now live. Over 5,000 images from the Jain manuscript collections at the British Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, Bodleian Libraries and Welcome Trust are on the website. The website also includes more than 70 original articles written by Professor Nalini Balbir, with links to glossaries ,...

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