The A to Z of Jainism
Kristi L. Wiley
The A to Z of Jainism : Kristi L. Wiley : Vision Books : Book (ISBN: 8170946905)
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This is a unique quick-reference book about a
religion with an unbroken history of more than 2,500 years, and one which has influenced India's culture throughout this period.
At the core of Jainism's teachings is non-violence (ahimsa). In Jainism, non-violence extends to man's relationship with all natural life, a sensitivity being articulated anew in contemporary times by a concern for the environment and animal rights. Truth, non-stealing, celibacy and non-possessiveness are the other central teachings of Jainism.
This book covers all important touchstones of Jainism in more than 450 crisp,
alphabetical entries spanning:
The basic teachings of Jainism;
The life of Mahavira, the twenty-fourth Tirthankara of Jainism, and its best-known and most influential propagator;
The main sectarian traditions of Jainism, and
mendicant and lay practices;
Important Jain scriptures;
Influential Jain leaders and scholars;
Sacred and historic Jain sites;
Jain prayers and pilgrimages, beliefs, rituals
A detailed Introduction provides a holistic overview of Jainism; and a
chronology highlights important Jain milestones. An extensive, subject-wise
bibliography guides interested readers to in-depth resources on various topics.
"Concise and informative encyclopedia of Jain concepts, texts, places, and people." — Journal of Asian Studies, USA
"Valuable reference work on Jainism . . . concise but extremely informative." — Reference Reviews, USA
|Kristi L. Wiley|
KRISTI L. WILEY (B.S., Santa Clara University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of
California at Berkeley) is a visiting lecturer at the University of California
at Berkeley. She teaches courses on Indian religions and religion and ecology.
Her area of specialization in Jainism is karma theory. She has published
articles in Approaches to Jaina Studies (ed. N. K. Wagle and Olle
Qvarnstrom), Doctrines and Dialogues (ed. Peter Flugel), Essays in
Jaina Philosophy and Religion (ed. Piotr Balcerowicz), Jainism and Early
Buddhism (ed. Olle Qvarnstrom), Jainism and Ecology (ed. Christopher
Key Chapple), and Philosophy East and West. She is a member of the
American Academy of Religion and the American Oriental Society.
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