Monday, 12 August 2013

Prof Subhash Jain IOWA university visited Jain research Center

Prof Subhash Jain retired from  IOWA university, USA visited Jain research and study Center run by Sri Jain Shwetambar Khartar Gachchh Sangh, Jaipur. He visited the center on August 10, 2013, Saturday.

Prof Subhash Jain was teaching Engineering at IOWA University and started studying Jainism after retirement. Presently he is studying Jain Karma doctrine and interfacing Karma doctrine in modern context. This is a herculean task as Jain philosophy has huge texts about the same. Both Shwetambar and Digambar communities produced large canons about Karma.

Most popular among all Shwetambar texts are Karma Granth part 1 to 6 by Devendra Suri where as most popular Digambar texts are from Gommatsara. There are large volumes in other Jain texts such as fifth Agam Bhagwati Sutra (Vyakhya Prajnyapti), Vipaka Sutra, Kammapayadi etc. Prof Jain has been studying all these to describe in modern context.

There are illustrations of several canons and texts including that of Vipaka Sutra and Tatvartha Sutra. Large numbers of Acharya, ascetics and other scholars wrote large volumes describing complete methodologies. Jainism has explicitly and critically documented almost everything about Karma doctrine.

Prof Subhash Jain has visited Jain research and study Center, Jaipur to see books in the library and to discuss issues with scholars. He stayed here for about four hours discussing Karma doctrine. He also delivered a lecture on the same topic on Friday at Prakrit Bharti academy.

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