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Jainism: An Introduction (Introductions to Religion)
By Jeffery D. Long

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Released: 2009-07-07
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Jainism evokes images of monks wearing face-masks to protect insects and mico-organisms from being inhaled. Or of Jains sweeping the ground in front of them to ensure that living creatures are not inadvertently crushed: a practice of non-violence so radical as to defy easy comprehension. Yet for all its apparent exoticism, Jainism is still little understood in the West. What is this mysterious philosophy which originated in the 6th century BCE, whose absolute requirement is vegetarianism, and which now commands a following of four million adherents both in its native India and diaspora communities across the globe? In his welcome new treatment of the Jain religion, Long makes an ancient tradition fully intelligible to the modern reader. Plunging back more than two and a half millennia, to the plains of northern India and the life of a prince who--much like the Buddha--gave up a life of luxury to pursue enlightenment, Long traces the history of the Jain community from founding sage Mahavira to the present day. He explores asceticism, worship, the life of the Jain layperson, relations between Jainism and other Indic traditions, the Jain philosophy of relativity, and the implications of Jain ideals for the contemporary world. The book presents Jainism in a way that is authentic and engaging to specialists and non-specialists alike.

Understanding Jainism (Understanding Faith)
By Lawrence A. Babb

Dunedin Academic Press
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Jainism is Buddhism’s often overlooked cousin. As the only surviving examples of ancient India’s non-Vedic religious traditions, the two religions are often grouped together as ‘heterodoxies’, but this is to ignore deep differences between Jain and Buddhist beliefs and practices. Unlike Buddhism, Jainism has hardly spread beyond the Indian subcontinent but Jainism survives in India where it is a prominent element in the mix of Indian religions today.
As an introduction to Jainism as a religious tradition and way of life, this book pays due attention to Jainism’s history and doctrinal basics. However the author emphasises the ways in which formal Jain teachings are manifested in the practices of both laity and the monastic elite; explores the distinctive Jain systems of cosmographic and biological knowledge and describes how Jainism is woven into the social identities of Jain communities in modern India.
Ahimsa: A Brief Guide to Jainism
By Andrea Diem-Lane

Mount San Antonio College/Philosophy Group
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Jainism arose as a systematic response to human and animal violence by positing a radical alternative—the path of ahimsa or non-violence. Their argument is a simple but profound one. If we can lessen the pain and suffering of those around us why not choose that option instead of needlessly perpetuating the never-ending cycle of violent retribution. Jainism raises a most pregnant question for all of us: how big is our circle of compassion? Can we extend its circumference beyond our selves and ken to include other human beings not of our tribe and even further to include animals and other living beings? In those brief moments where we almost instinctively lash out others, can we instead pause and change our responses? The Jains believe that we can and have of demonstrated over hundreds of years of how it can be ecologically and ethically successful. This book is a brief introduction to the Jain religion, including a close look at its inception and how it evolved over time to its present day status. Special attention will be given to how Jain ideals such as ahimsa and anekantavada (the doctrine of non one-sidedness) can serve as a much needed and welcome panacea to the world’s strife and misery. Although Jainism is perhaps the smallest of the world’s religions, what it has to offer humankind is of inestimable value.
Jainism in 13 Chapters
By Mr Mahaveer Raj Gelra

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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This book is an easy way for a layman to understand the philosophies and beliefs of Jainism in 13 chapters.
Jainism: History, Society, Philosophy and Practice
By Agustin Paniker

Motilal Banarsidass
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Jainism is a tradition which dates back thousands of years, which is unbelievably rich and profound, and which has certain unmistakable signs of identity. Contrary to what some might think, it is not in any sense a poor relation of Buddhism, nor is a strange, atheistic and ascetic sect within Hinduism. Jainism is, above all, the religion of non-violence (ahimsa), an ideal which all other religions of India were subsequently to make theirs and which was made universal by Gandhi in the 20th century. Like Buddhism, Jainism is a religion without God which paradoxically opens to the truly sacred in the deepest reaches of all living beings in the cosmos. And it is also the religion of non-absolutism (anekantavada), a particular form of philosophical pluralism, which seems astonishingly modern.
The Forest of Thieves and the Magic Garden: An Anthology of Medieval Jain Stories (Penguin Classics)
Granoff, Phyllis (TRN)
Released: 2007-08-28
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Lively tales of asceticism, wickedness, and virtue from one of India's great religious traditions

Beautifully translated from the Sanskrit, the stories in this volume reflect the vital tradition of Jain storytelling between the seventh and fifteenth centuries. Some of their characters find bliss by renouncing the world, others by living within it in peace and moderation. There are stories depicting the painful consequences of a loved one's becoming a monk and the triumph of Jain women who win their husbands over to their religion. The climactic story follows an unsuspecting traveler's journey through a forest of destructive passions. Ranging from simple folk tales to sophisticated narratives of rebirth, The Forest of Thieves and the Magic Garden opens a window onto a rich religious tradition.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Living Jainism: An Ethical Science
By Aidan D. Rankin

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Living Jainism explores a system of thought that unites ethics with rational thought, in which each individual is his or her own guru and social conscience extends beyond human society to animals, plants and the whole of the natural world. The Jain Dharma is a humane and scientific spiritual pathway that has universal significance. With the re-emergence of India as a world power, Jain wisdom deserves to be better known so that it can play a creative role in global affairs. Living Jainism reveals the relevance of Jain teachings to scientific research and human society, as well as our journey towards understanding ourselves and our place in the universe.
Jainism: Short Essays on Jain Philosophy (Forgotten Books)
By Unknown

Forgotten Books
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"Jainism, traditionally known as Jain Dharma, is one of the oldest religions in the world. It is a religion and philosophy originating in ancient India. The Jains follow the teachings of the 24 Jinas (conquerors) who are also known as Tirthankars. The 24th Tirthankar, Lord Mahavira lived in ca. 6th century BC. One of the main characteristics of Jain belief is the emphasis on the immediate consequences of one's behavior.

Jains are a small but influential religious minority with at least 4.2 million practitioners in modern India and more in growing immigrant communities in the United States, Western Europe, the Far East and elsewhere. Jains continue to sustain the ancient Shraman or ascetic tradition.

Jains have significantly influenced the religious, ethical, political and economic spheres in India for over two millennia. Jainism stresses spiritual independence and equality of all life with particular emphasis on non-violence. Self-control is vital for attaining omniscience (kevala jnana) and eventually moksha, or realization of the soul's true nature.

A Jain is a follower of the Jina, or spiritual victor. Per ancient and contemporary usage, as well as dictionary definitions, a follower of Jain Dharma, or Jainism, is called a Jain. The term Jainist which is found on some internet websites is not used in either literature or common parlance.

Jains have an ancient tradition of scholarship. The Jain community is the most literate religious community in India, and the Jain libraries are India's oldest." (Quote from wikipedia.org)

Table of Contents:

Publisher's Preface; Ten virtues Of Monks; Twelve Bhavnas (reflections Or Thoughts); Twelve Vows Of Layperson; Fourteen Auspicious Dreams Of Mother Trishala; Five Bodies And Eight Vargnas; Five Great Vows (maha-vratas); Six Universal Entities (substances Or Dravyas); Meaning Of Ashta Prakari Puja; Nine Tattvas (principles)

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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, Esoteric and Mythology. www.forgottenbooks.org

Forgotten Books is about sharing information, not about making money. All books are priced at wholesale prices. We are also the only publisher we know of to print in large sans-serif font, which is proven to make the text easier to read and put less strain on your eyes.
Jaina Sutras: Part I & II (Forgotten Books)
By Hermann Georg Jacobi

Forgotten Books
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"This volume includes the Akaranga and Kalpa Sutras, two of the most important Jain sacred texts.

The Akaranga Sutra outlines rules for Jain monks. Most notably it describes steps which monks must take to avoid harming other living beings, including the microscopic life forms which the ancient Jains believed pervaded the universe. The Kalpa sutra contains a biography of the founder of Jainism, Mahavira, as well as other founders of the religion, and a list of the successive Jain leaders.

As is the practice at this site, the typography of the original has been preserved as far as possible. This means that italics are used to indicate distinctions between consonants in transliterated Sanskrit and Prakrit. The system used is documented on the charts attached to the Sacred Books of the East page. Most notably in this system, 'j' (roughly, the initial sound of the English word 'jam') is written g, hence the spelling Gain throughout, which is pronounced 'Jain.' This book is normally cited as 'Jaina Sutras' in modern publications and bibliographies. " (Quote from sacred-texts.com)

Table of Contents:

Publisher's Preface; Part I.; Introduction; ÂkÂrÂga SÛtra; Book I, Lecture 1, Lesson 1 ; Book I, Lecture 1, Lesson 2 ; Book I, Lecture 1, Lesson 3 ; Book I, Lecture 1, Lesson 4; Book I, Lecture 1, Lesson 5 ; Book I, Lecture 1, Lesson 6; Book I, Lecture 1, Lesson 7; Book I, Lecture 2, Lesson 1; Book I, Lecture 2, Lesson 2; Book I, Lecture 2, Lesson 3; Book I, Lecture 2, Lesson 4; Book I, Lecture 2, Lesson 5; Book I, Lecture 2, Lesson 6; Book I, Lecture 3, Lesson 1; Book I, Lecture 3, Lesson 2; Book I, Lecture 3, Lesson 3; Book I, Lecture 3, Lesson 4; Book I, Lecture 4, Lesson 1; Book I, Lecture 4, Lesson 2; Book I, Lecture 4, Lesson 3; Book I, Lecture 4, Lesson 4; Book I, Lecture 5, Lesson 1; Book I, Lecture 5, Lesson 2; Book I, Lecture 5, Lesson 3; Book I, Lecture 5, Lesson 4; Book I, Lecture 5, Lesson 5; Book I, Lecture 5, Lesson 6; Book I. Lecture 6, Lesson 1 ; Book I, Lecture 6, Lesson 2; Book I, Lecture 6, Lesson 2; Book I, Lecture 6, Lesson 4; Book I, Lecture 6, Lesson 5; Book I, Lecture 7, Lesson 1; Book I, Lecture 7, Lesson 2; Book I, Lecture 7, Lesson 3; Book I, Lecture 7, Lesson 4; Book I, Lecture 7, Lesson 5; Book I, Lecture 7, Lesson 6; Book I, Lecture 7, Lesson 7; Book I, Lecture 7, Lesson 8; Book I, Lecture 8, Lesson 1; Book I, Lecture 8, Lesson 2; Book I, Lecture 8, Lesson 3; Book I, Lecture 8, Lesson 4; Book ii, Lecture 1 , Lesson 1 ; Book ii, Lecture 1, Lesson 2; Book ii, Lecture 1, Lesson 3; Book ii, Lecture 1, Lesson 4; Book ii, Lecture 1, Lesson 5; Book ii, Lecture 1, Lesson 6; Book ii, Lecture 1, Lesson 7; Book ii, Lecture 1, Lesson 8; Book ii, Lecture 1, Lesson 9; Book ii, Lecture 1, Lesson 10; Book ii, Lecture 1, Lesson 11; Book ii, Lecture 2, Lesson 1 ; Book ii, Lecture 2, Lesson 2; Book ii, Lecture 2, Lesson 3; Book ii, Lecture 3, Lesson 1 ; Book ii, Lecture 3, Lesson 2; Book ii, Lecture 3, Lesson 3; Book ii, Lecture 4, Lesson 1 ; Book ii, Lecture 4, Lesson 2; Book ii, Lecture 5, Lesson 1 ; Book ii, Lecture 5, Lesson 2; Book ii, Lecture 6, Lesson 1 ; Book ii, Lecture 5, Lesson 2; Book ii, Lecture 7, Lesson 1 ; Book ii, Lecture 7, Lesson 2; Book ii, Lecture 8 ; Book ii, Lecture 9 ; Book ii, Lecture 10 ; Book ii, Lecture 11 ; Book ii, Lecture 12; Book ii, Lecture 13; Book ii, Lecture 14; Book ii, Lecture 15 ; Book ii, Lecture 16; The Kalpa SÛtra; Life Of MahÂvÎra, Lecture 1; Life Of MahÂvÎra, Lecture 2; Life Of MahÂvÎra, Lecture 3; Life Of MahÂvÎra, Lecture 4; Life Of MahÂvÎra, Lecture 5; Life Of PÂrsva; Life Of Arishtanemi; Epochs Of The Intermediate TÎrthakaras; Life Of Rishabha; List Of The Sthaviras; Rules For Yatis ; Part ii.; Introduction; UttarÂdhyayana; First Lecture. On Discipline; Second Lecture. On Troubles ; Third Lecture. The Four Requ
Life Force : The World of Jainism
By Michael Tobias

Jain Pub Co
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An introduction to Jainism, one of the oldest religions in the world.


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