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REL 2I03 - Jainism Lecture

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Department
Religious Studies
Course
RELIGST 2I03
Professor
Joe Larose
Semester
Fall

Description
RS 2I03 Jainism Monday, November 12, 2012.  Lots in common with Buddhism  Founded at about the same time-- 5th cent.  Renunciant tradition that offered its own solution to the problem of samsara  Mahavira- 1st accepted historical figure; great hero  Was around from 490-410 (slightly before the Buddha)  Traditional lifespan of 70 years  From Northeastern India and flourished on the Gangetic  After the passing of Mahavira, Jainism spread about the Indian sub-continent  During this time of expansion, 2 major schools where created; disagreements on doctrines and practices.  Svetambara (white-clothed) Jains (western India) [they wear white robes]  Digambara (sky-clothed) Jains (south India) [they don't wear clothes]  Disagree on women's ability to achieve moksa  Digambara nuns do not go naked, they wear robes, their highest hope is to be reborn as man. Achieve spiritual salvation  Svetambara wear regular robes  Disagree on status of Mahavira after Enlightenment...does he still eat food?  Jainism did not spread outside of India in any significant w
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