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Lecture Notes on Jainism-Jan 22

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Religion
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RLG100Y1
Professor
Andre Maintenay

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January 22nd
- major symbol of the Jain tradition: SVASTIKA
o sacred space ± all Indic tradition
o mark sacred places with the this symbol
o auspiciousness, holiness
Svastika in Jainism:
- the four legs of the Svastika represent the 4 basic realms of rebirth
- include, plants, animal, hell-being, and divinity
- also recognized plants
- center is human
- 3 dots: represent the 3 jewels of the Jain tradition
o 1. right belief of faith/view ± can be shared
o 2. right knowledge ± over the course of many years in practice of the Jain
tradition ± right knowledge will unfold ± insight that develops over the
course of lengthy years of practice ± NOT book-knowledge/shared ±
personally experience firsthand
o 3. right conduct ± right knowledge is determined by right conduct ±
behaving well in the world ± exception degree of emphasis on ethics
- moon like shape: aspiration/desire for liberation ± freedom
- dot on top: focus of one that is liberation ± focus of meditations ± the goal, what we
want to achieve, moksha
5 principles of Jainism:
1. Ahimsa ± non-harm/injury/violence
- Living without exploitation
- Most important ethic of the Jain tradition
- Not causing injuries to ANY beings
- Jains are naturally vegetarian
- Even plant life is to be respected and is to be used sparingly
- Develop a sensitivity ± universe contains many microorganisms ± avoid
harming them in any way
- Take up projects ± save animals and shit
- Buy and release animals ± goal: to rehabilitate animals
- occupations that are discouraged: butchers, executioner, certain waitresses,
farmers, no selling animal products
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nd January 22 - major symbol of the Jain tradition: SVASTIKA o sacred space all Indic tradition o mark sacred places with the this symbol o auspiciousness, holiness Svastika in Jainism: - the four legs of the Svastika represent the 4 basic realms of rebirth - include, plants, animal, hell-being, and divinity - also recognized plants - center is human - 3 dots: represent the 3 jewels of the Jain tradition o 1. right belief of faithview can be shared o 2. right knowledge over the course of many years in practice of the Jain tradition right knowledge will unfold insight that develops over the course of lengthy years of practice NOT book-knowledgeshared personally experience firsthand o 3. right conduct right knowledge is determined by right conduct behaving well in th
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