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- Hello...i'm andy, an american buddhist from clearwater, fl. Very interested in Jain reliogion.Questions:
- Does the Jain religion accept converts as Buddhism glady does?
- Are there any skyclad Digambar monks living outside of India such as in North America? If not, any plans to establish these monks in the US?
- Hello Andy,Good to hear about your interestes in Jainism. Now a days, being more liberal, Jains do accept conversion but only in terms of Individual basis and not mass conversion. Like in your case you are intersted in Jainism and willing to accept it. Even if you are practising ahima and pure veg diet, you are Jain to some extent.Now talking about Sky clad digamber jain monk. I am very well ware of any digamber jain monk abroad as they are not allowed to travel by any other mode of transportation but on their feet. That is the only reason why we don't find them abroad. I will try to forward your querry to some other jain groups as well and hope you will find some more information on the same.Regards,Ravi
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Dear Shri Andrew Warnick,
Let soul secure Samyakthva.
Knock thou, thou shall be heard, ask thou, thou shall
Sub: Questions on Jain Religion.
Ref: Sun, 5 Mar 2006 11:36:37 -0800 (PST)
Welcome to the discussion table and the answers to
your questions are as under:
Does the Jain religion accept converts as Buddhism
Yes. Not only from Buddha Dharma but also from any
Are there any skyclad Digambar monks living outside of
India such as in North America? If not, any plans to
establish these monks in the US?
No. Chances are very bleak. One to practice Jina
Dharma as a householder, it may not be difficult in US
Shortest is not the best but best is the shortest.
Choice and understanding is ones.
If one is serious of one, know thyself and be thyself
and it is the revelation of Jinendara Baghavan.
Attempt is made to place the information and
understanding is ones. Walking stick cannot make a
man walk but if man wants to walk; walking stick may
help the man. This attempt is only a walking stick.
Please forgive and forget for any unintentional
excesses that might have crept in and hurt and it is
only fraternal affinity that goaded to place.
Truth is Kevalin and the rest mine.
Wishing you and all the near and dears an early dawn
Now for the valued participants,
--- Andrew Warnick <snydersquare@...> wrote:
> Hello...i'm andy, an american buddhist from__________________________________________________
> clearwater, fl. Very interested in Jain reliogion.
> Does the Jain religion accept converts as
> Buddhism glady does?
> Are there any skyclad Digambar monks living
> outside of India such as in North America? If not,
> any plans to establish these monks in the US?
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- Dear Everyone:
I am an American law professor and most of my scholarship has focused
on animal ethics. I have been a vegan for 26 years based on my
acceptance of the principle of Ahimsa. Although I have long identified
with Jainism and the principles of Ahimsa, Anekanta, and Aparigraha, I
am presently embarked on a more formal study of Jaina philosophy and I
look forward to learning from this group.
Gary L. Francione
Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
- Dear Francione,
Welcome in the group.Some of my American friends are in the field of Jainology. One of them is Prof. Lawrence Allan Babb, Amherst College, Massachusetts University. You may contact him.
- Dear Gary,
Greetings from Mumbai!
Glad to know that you are keen on studying Jainism.
Some of the best people in America to study Jainism from, are as under:
Prof. Dr. Padmanabh S Jaini
University of Berkeley
Prof. Dr. Phyllis Granoff
Prof. Dr. Duli Chandra Jan
City University, NY
Dr. John Cort
Dr. Kristi Wiley
University of Berkeley
Dr. Robert J Del Bonta
Prof. Dr. Christopher Key Chapple
Loyola Marymount University
Mr Navindra Jain
Paulo Alto, CA
In case it is not possible to learn directly from a teacher, here is a
list of books I would recommend for your reading.
Rs. 395 The Jaina Path of Purification / Padmanabh Jaini
Rs. 395 Collected Papers on Jaina Studies / Padmanabh Jaini
Rs. 395 Jaina Studies: Their Present State and Future Tasks / Ludwig
Rs. 795 The Story of Paesi / Willem Bollee
Rs. 40 Ratnakarandra Shravakacara / Acarya Samantabhadra
Rs. 120 Atthapahuda / Acarya Kundakunda
Rs. 120 Yogamrit: Yog Sahaj Jivan Vigyan / Mahavir Sainik
Rs. 60 Paramatmaprakasha / Acarya Joindu
Rs. 20 Ishtopadesha / Acarya Pujyapada
Rs. 700 The Life and Stories of the Jaina Saviour Parshvanatha /
Rs. 300 Jainism: An Eternal Pilgrimage / Bal Patil
Rs. 60 Parshvacaritram: The Life of Parshva / Willem Bollee
Rs. 800 Nava Smarana
Rs. 600 International Journal of Jaina Studies
Rs. 600 Jaina Studies / C Caillat, Nalini Balbir
Rs. 495 Essays in Jaina Philosophy and Religion / Piotr Balcerowicz
Rs. 175 The Scientific Foundations of Jainism / K V Mardia
Rs. 295 Jainism in Early Medieval Karnataka / RBP Singh
Rs. 250 The Jain Path / Aidan Rankin
Rs. 395 Jainism and Ecology / Christopher Key Chapple
Rs. 495 Elements of Jaina Geography / Frank Van Den Bossche
Rs. 950 A Comprehensive History of Jainism / A K Chatterjee (set of 2
Rs. 500 Jains Today in the World / Pierre Paul Amiel
Rs. 550 The A to Z of Jainism / Kristi Wiley
Rs. 300 Jaina Philosophy and Religion / Nagin J Shah
Rs. 450 Tattvarthasutra: That Which Is / Nathmal Tantia
Rs. 200 Jainism Today and Its Future / Robert Zydenbos
Rs. 450 Samayasara / Acarya Kundakunda
Rs. 150 Niyamasara / Acarya Kundakunda
Rs. 150 Pancastikayasara / Acarya Kundakunda
Rs. 100 Aspects of Jain Religion / Vilas A Sangave
Rs. 100 Religion and Culture of the Jains / Jyoti Prasad Jain
Rs. 150 Apta Mimamsa / Acarya Akalanka
Rs. 100 Structure and Functions of the Soul in Jainism / S C Jain
I would recommend that you read these books, and then I think you will
be in a position to understand Jainism better.
- Jai Jinendra.
Several of the books mentioned below are posted on www.jainworld.com.
In the beginning, I think, SAMAN SUTTAM and TATTVARTHA SUTRA should be read. Afterwards, as time permits, other books could be read.
In addition, I would like to suggest the following two books written by Hermann Kuhn. These two books are based on TATTVARTHA SUTRA.
1. The Notion of Growth and
2. Karma - Create Your Own Fate.
These books are easy to follow. They are available from www.amazon.com.