Overview for Collected Papers on Jaina Studies
Throughout his long academic career spanning some forty years, P.S. Jaini has focused his research on the religious, philosophical and literary achievements of the Buddhists and the Jains. In his inspiring and provocative works Jaini has employed various styles of investigation. Sometimes he has approached Buddhism and Jainism as independent phenomena or with reference to their engagement with the encircling Hindu world. Most often, however, Jaini has studied the interaction of these two religions, with evidence from the one tradition being deployed to throw light on the other. His papers on Jaina Studies, scattered in many learned publications, are brought together here for the first time. They cover a wide range of topics including the Jaina view of the nature of reality, the doctrine of karma, the problem of rebirth, the idea of omniscience, the aptitude for salvation, and the assimilation of Hindu myths and rituals.
Padmanabh S. Jaini (Editor)
Professor P.S. Jaini is renowned amongst indological scholars for his unique and enduring contributions to the areas of Buddhist and Jain studies. His reputation in the Buddhist field is based securely on his monumental edition of the important Vaibhasika text the Abhidharmadipa with its Vibhasaprabhavrtti, which was written primarily to refute the Abhidharmakosabhasya of Vasubandhu. He also has critically edited and translated the Pali apocryphal jatakas, vital evidence for the ways in which the Buddha and his previous lives have been envisaged in Southeast Asia. In this volume, a companion to the authorâ€™s Collected Papers on Jaina Studies (Motilal Banarsidass, 2000), twenty-nine of his articles, encompassing some forty years of research on various facets of Buddhism, have been brought together for the first time. They cover a wide range of topics including comparative studies with Jainism, points of controversy within Abhidharma, the Bodhisattva career of Maitreya based on narratives from the jatakas and Mahayana sutras, and selections from Buddhist ritual texts.