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Sallekhana: The Jain Approach to Dignified Death

 
Shugan Channd Jain (Author) Christopher Key Chapple (Author)
Synopsis

Jainism regards life to be eternal. Recognizing that the soul can never die, but merely takes a new body, a careful tradition welcoming death through intentional fasting developed more than two thousand years ago. A legal challenge Rajasthan was put forward in 2013, suggesting that this practice is harmful and coercive and targets women in particular. For a short while SallekhanÀ, which means the “thinning of existence,” was declared illegal. In response to this controversy, three conferences were convened by the International School for Jain Studies to explore the legal, religious, and medical aspects
 of this practice. Experts discussed the long history of the practice, attested to in epigraphs throughout India; the ways in which fasting to death has  become an acceptable practice in the Western world; and contemporary instances of its observance in India. This volume presents an interdisciplinary approach  to thinking about the end of life, from biomedical, historical, religious, and legal perspectives. 

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About the author

Christopher Key Chapple

Dr. Christopher Chapple is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angles, California. He is author of Karma and Creativity (SUNY Press, 1986) and editor of Samkhya-Yoga Proceedings as well as Religious Experience and Scientific Paradigms both published by the institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions. Dr. Chapple has also edited and extended the grammatical analysis of Winthrop Sargeant's translation of the Bhagavad Gita (Suny Press, 1984).

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Bibliographic information

Title Sallekhana: The Jain Approach to Dignified Death
Format Hardcover
Date published: 15.10.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 9788124610480
length viii+342., 23cm.