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What is “Jain Yoga”?

What is “Jain Yoga”? 02/14/2024

By Professor Christopher Miller, PhD
You know what yoga is, but what is “Jain Yoga”?
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Dialogues in European Jain Studies [Session 5] - Eating & Fasting: A Contemporary Perspective

Dialogues in European Jain Studies [Session 5] - Eating & Fasting: A Contemporary Perspective 02/13/2024

Dialogues in European Jain Studies features new and original research in Jain Studies taking place in Europe. Each event features a scholarly introduction, presentations from two scholars of Jain Studies undertaking related research, followed by a discussion and Q&A with the audience.
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The “Intellectualization” of Jain Ethics

The “Intellectualization” of Jain Ethics 02/08/2024

By Professor Jonathan Dickstein, PhD
Without being a philosopher, or even someone interested in moral philosophy, one may still ask themselves questions about the starting ground of ethical behavior...This article attempts to describe how Jain ethics gazes outward towards others, inward towards oneself, and upward through a novel “intellectualization” of ethics.
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Modern Jainism Defined - Belief, History, Literature, & Facts - Arihanta Institute

Modern Jainism Defined - Belief, History, Literature, & Facts - Arihanta Institute 02/01/2024

By Professor Christopher Miller, PhD
With a rich history dating back thousands of years, Jainism is not only a religion but a way of life that emphasizes non-violence, truth, and asceticism. In this article, I will explore some key aspects of Jainism, from its core beliefs and historical roots to its literature and some other fascinating facts.
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Enroll, Learn & Enjoy! Four New Courses for Spring Session 2024

Enroll, Learn & Enjoy! Four New Courses for Spring Session 2024 01/31/2024

Four exciting new self-paced online courses available for students to learn and enjoy starting, February 1st!
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Jain Dharma as Pluralistic

Jain Dharma as Pluralistic 01/26/2024

By Professor Cogen Bohanec, PhD
Loosely defined, social pluralism is when a diverse society works towards common values by perceiving, valuing, and utilizing diversity as a source of social strength. Likewise, religious pluralism refers to valuing religious diversity as a source of societal strength, enhanced through interfaith dialogue, respect, and peacebuilding.
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What is the Jain Conception of Time?

What is the Jain Conception of Time? 01/18/2024

By Professor Jonathan Dickstein, PhD
This blog entry is devoted to what we could call “cosmic time” rather than “mundane time.” Or, to put it another way, it is an elaboration of kalpas rather than kāla, of time cycles rather than the everyday passing of units of time.
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What is the Field of "Engaged Jain Studies" and Its Object, "Engaged Jainism"?

What is the Field of "Engaged Jain Studies" and Its Object, "Engaged Jainism"? 01/11/2024

By Professor Christopher Miller, PhD
In collaboration with our partners at Claremont School of Theology, we at Arihanta Institute have proudly established the academic discipline of Engaged Jain Studies, intended for the academic study of Engaged Jainism. But what exactly is "Engaged Jain Studies" and its object of study, "Engaged Jainism"?
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The History and Meaning of the Namokar Mantra: A Brief Summary of the Research of Gustav Roth

The History and Meaning of the Namokar Mantra: A Brief Summary of the Research of Gustav Roth 01/04/2024

By Professor Christopher Miller, PhD, VP of Academic Affairs Professor of Jain and Yoga Studies Arihanta Institute
Two questions I often receive from students are: Where does the Namokar Mantra come from? What does it mean? If you also ask these questions, read on to find out more.
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Do Jains Believe in God?

Do Jains Believe in God? 12/21/2023

By Professor Jonathan Dickstein, PhD, Associate Professor, Arihanta Institute
“Do Jains believe in God?” requires some explanation as to what is meant by “God.” Our question inquires into the existence of a capital “G” god in Jainism, a singular supreme being with an origin and nature and prowess uniquely different from all other beings, even other gods.
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Jain Biophilia

Jain Biophilia 12/11/2023

By Cogen Bohanec, MA, PhD Assistant Professor Arihanta Institute
Biophilia is a subset of environmental ethics and environmentalrnpsychology that underscores human dependence on nature in a way that is more than material and physical, but also contributes to our intellectual, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
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An Interview with Komal Jain

An Interview with Komal Jain 11/27/2023

By Komal Jain
I am a practicing Jain, and my native language is Hindi. I was born and raised in India, though I moved to the United States at the age of 9 where I completed my schooling and became proficient in English. During my school years, I struggled and always felt unlikely to succeed.
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An Interview with James Taylor

An Interview with James Taylor 11/27/2023

By James Taylor
My main areas of interest to write about are animal advocacy and vegan education, which I feel are topics of utmost importance. I endeavor to educate as many people as possible about veganism and animal rights, I feel that I can have the greatest impact on the most amount of suffering in the world.
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An Interview with Chaitanya Prakash

An Interview with Chaitanya Prakash 11/27/2023

By Chaitanya Prakash
I believe that Jainism's emphasis on embodying devotion and spirituality has the potential to bring about profound personal and collective transformation. I plan to integrate these teachings into my daily life and share their benefits with others. Through various community activities, workshops, and spiritual gatherings, I hope to create spaces for reflections, dialogues, and inner growth, fostering healing and wholeness among individuals and communities.
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An Interview with Jesse Weaver

An Interview with Jesse Weaver 11/26/2023

By Jesse Weaver
“To find a home in a spiritual tradition was not a straightforward process for me. Fortunately, in finding Jain Dharma I was finally able to articulate my worldview and build the foundation of my moral life which will inform my professional and personal future.”– Jesse Weaver
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Why Don’t Jains Eat Root Vegetables?

Why Don’t Jains Eat Root Vegetables? 11/20/2023

By Professor Jonathan Dickstein, PhD
The traditional Jain diet excludes root vegetables such as onions, garlic, potatoes, and carrots. But why? Why do Jains avoid these vegetables and opt for others instead?
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Gandhi & Anekānta-vāda

Gandhi & Anekānta-vāda 11/15/2023

By Professor Cogen Bohanec, PhD
Gandhi’s relationship to religion was immensely complex. Both in his political approach to end religious conflict and in his own personal spiritual attempts to understand the divinity in the World’s traditions, he sought to find equal value in all traditions, seeking constantly to reconcile the seemingly irreconcilable differences between them.
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Arihanta Institute at the UK House of Commons: A Trip to Meet the British Jain Leaders

Arihanta Institute at the UK House of Commons: A Trip to Meet the British Jain Leaders 11/08/2023

By Parveen Jain
Recently, some of us from the Arihanta Institute team visited the UK to participate in the Ahimsa Day celebrations at the British House of Commons and met some of the prominent Jain leaders of the country. We had excellent meetings and were pleasantly surprised by the level of awareness of Arihanta Institute.
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What Does “Jai Jinendra” Mean?

What Does “Jai Jinendra” Mean? 11/07/2023

By Professor Christopher Miller, PhD
Jains routinely say “Jai Jinendra” to one another when they meet. But where does this greeting come from, what does it mean, and why don’t Jains just say hello?
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The Rational Basis of The Jain Concept of Soul

The Rational Basis of The Jain Concept of Soul 06/14/2023

By Professor Cogen Bohanec, PhD
Is there empirical evidence for the existence of an eternal soul? What data might be supplied by our senses, our experiences, that might provide justification for the existence of the soul?
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Gandhi’s Jain Journey: The Role of Jain Thought and Practice in the Making of the Mahātma

Gandhi’s Jain Journey: The Role of Jain Thought and Practice in the Making of the Mahātma 07/12/2022

By Professor Jeffery Long, PhD
Mahātma Gandhi had a number of important influences throughout his life. Critical among them is the Jain tradition and its teachings of nonviolence (ahiṃsā).
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Jainism and Sentient Rights

Jainism and Sentient Rights 07/12/2022

By Professor Jonathan Dickstein, PhD
This question is not infrequently voiced to animal rights advocates. While there are some troublesome assumptions embedded in its phrasing – the cogency of the catch-all category “animals,” the curious isolation of human animals from the category “animals,” the cross-cultural plausibility and applicability of “rights”
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The Jain “Yoga of Non-violence”

The Jain “Yoga of Non-violence” 07/12/2022

By Professor Cogen Bohanec, PhD
Everyone has heard of yoga. But have you heard about Jain yoga? The purpose of Jain Yoga is to help one stop the inflow of karma (āśrava), and remove existing karma (nirjarā). “Good” karma is a means towards that end, and “bad” karma represents actions that move one away from that end.
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How Jain Philosophy Inspired Me to Become Vegan

How Jain Philosophy Inspired Me to Become Vegan 07/12/2022

By Professor Christopher Miller, PhD
You will not find the word “vegan” in any Jain text, though in light of today’s animal rights struggles, climate change, and human wellbeing, the Jain tradition’s ethical principles obliged me to adopt a vegan lifestyle.
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