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
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