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The Jaina Path of Purification

by Padmanabh S. Jaini

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

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The religious tradition of the Jains, unique in many respects, presents a fascination array o doctrinal and social structures that stem from 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 socio-historical 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. CONTENTS: List of Illustrations Preface 1. Mahavira and the Foundation of Jainism 2. The First Disciple and the Jaina Scriptures 3. The Nature of Reality 4. The Mechanism of Bondage 5. Samyak Darsana : The First Awakening 6. Vrata and Pratima : The First Awakening 7. Jaina Rituals and Ceremonies 8. The Mendicant's Path and the Attainment of the Goal 9. Jain Society Through the Ages : Growth and Survival Glossary of Sanskrit and Prakrit Words 10. Additions and Corrections

Details of the book

Book :
The Jaina Path of Purification
Book ID :
6505
Author :
Padmanabh S. Jaini
ISBN 13 :
9788120815780
Year of Publication :
2014
Edition :
Reprint
Publisher :
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Binding :
Softcover
Pages :
389
Size :
15 x 23 cm
Weight :
0.432 kg
Illustrations :
Numerous b/w illustrations

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