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The Jaina Path of Purification

Padmanabh S. Jaini (Author)
Synopsis The religious tradition of the Jainas, unique in many respects, presents a fascinating array of doctrinal and social structures that stem from the anti-Vedic movements of ancient times. Drawing extensively on primary sources, Professor Jaini provides a comprehensive introduction to the Jaina experience. Beginning with the life of Mahavira, the author elucidates the essentials of Jaina cosmology and philosophy as well as of the "path of purification" through which the soul may escape from its Karmic defilements and attain eternal salvation. This path constitutes the integral elements within the broader framework of Jaina literature, lay ritual and the sociohistorical factors, which enabled Jainism to survive and prosper to the present day. In particular, the author has examined the cardinal doctrine of Ahimsa (non-harming), both in its impact upon Jaina religious consciousness and as a standard in applying its sacred principles to the conduct of everyday life.
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About the author

Padmanabh S. Jaini

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 author’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.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Jaina Path of Purification
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8120807006
length 374p., Bibliography; Glossary; Index.