Dear Reader,

Jai Jinendra!

Jainism was just a footnote religion a few years back. In most parts of the world, people were unawarethat a tradition existedthat is ancient and believes in the values of nonviolence and plurality. Only a little research was done which got lost in the discussions on Buddhism and Brahmanism. Early European Indologists only mentioned Jainism as an Indian religion briefly. H.T. Colebrooke, in his paper titled ‘Observations on the sect of Jains’ (1858)called Jainism to be a ‘sect of Hindus’and also argued them to be similar to Bauddhas but eventually identified Jainism to have an individual set of values and beliefs including the imagination of two suns and two moons.

The stalwarts of Jainism imagined the International School for Jain Studies ‘ISJS’ in 2005. Since then, the Jain studies have not seen regression. Many scholars from different fields choose to study Jainism and pass on its values to the next generation. Universities across the globe have established dedicated chairs for Jain studies and ISJS has been instrumental in making it possible.

Keeping up the good work, ISJS is touching new heights. Lumbini Buddhist University is yet another feather in the cap!  


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