Jainism An Introduction

ISBN-10: 1845116267
ISBN-13: 9781845116262
Edition: 2009
Authors: Jeffery D. Long
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 7/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704

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.

Acknowledgements
Note on Diacritical Marks and Pronunciation of Indic Terms
Introduction: An Overview of this Book
What is Jainism?
Mah&abar;v&ibar;ra and the Origins of Jainism
Jain History
The Jain Path
The Jain Doctrines of Relativity: An Intellectual History
The Jain Doctrines of Relativity: A Philosophical Analysis
The Jain Vision and the Future of Humanity
Recommended Reading: A Brief Survey of the Literature on Jainism
Jain Chronology
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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