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University of Toronto St. George
Andre Maintenay

Monday January 17, 2011 Term paper topic posted this week Jainism To comprehend Jainism, we have to go back to Sramana tradition which is a group people who reject vedic tradition, and who left their home wandering into wilderness in search of answers to big questions of life. People of Sramana engage in many forms of ascetic practice. The origins of Jainism is in Sramana. :]L]ZK[Z]Ko}}lZo]l]Z6 phases up and 6 down. Jainism have 24 teachers in total to instruct people on how to lead live according to their tradition. Usually these teachers arrive in the downward phase of people in order to save them from reaching rock bottom. They are morally disciplined, self-masters. They set out guidelines on how to live a morally informed life. These teachers are generally known by two names: Tirthankara(bridge builders, bridges we may cross from unsatisfied to the satisfied life), and Jina(one has conquered itself). One who is historically closest to us is a man called Vardhamana Kasyapa, more often known as Mahauira(which means a great hero, someone who is greater than the individual.). He is often referred to as the founder of Jainism. He lived from 599BCE to He was concerned with other people. In his life style, he was Sramana, somebody who engaged in aseptic practices, who stands in the midst of all dangers, and bears hardships and calamities, who experience homeless wondering. He is patien
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