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Indeed, as John Cort once noted to this effect: studies in Indian philosophy that ignore Jainism are incomplete.
Jainism itself, however, is not totally free from an apparent dogmatism or from a position that seems to be one-sided (ekanta).
Firstly, acaryas of the image-worshipping orders in Svetambara Jainism have invariably been reluctant to endorse study of the cheda sutras and their commentaries by non-renunciants, owing to the fact that frequent reference within these texts to exceptions deriving from particular circumstances which can override general disciplinary rules might lead to the moral standing of monks and nuns being questioned by outsiders.
Libraries will certainly find Mylius's dictionary of canonical Jainism and the generally solid definitions it provides a useful work to have in their reference sections.
He is said to have equivalents in Buddhism and Jainism also.
He added that people practicing faiths that spring from Hinduism, such as Sikhism and Jainism, have started disowning their roots in the religion because they perceive it to be " weak and apologetic.
It begins with the definition and common features of religions, then covers primal religions, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto.
This is without doubt a volume by specialists for specialists, and takes "dialogues and disputes," both within Jainism and with non-Jaina religious competitors, as an orienting perspective.
A cousin of Buddhism, Jainism is an ancient religion of India with about four to five million adherents.
The development and practice of yogic and tantric forms of meditation and their impact on what would become Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism are described in an engaging history that includes many quotes from primary sources.
An important aspect of the dramatic growth of Jain studies in Europe and North America in the past two decades has been its increasing focus on "Jainism" at precisely this social level, for it is at the level of the gacchas and their equivalents that Jainism is lived and experienced.
After discussing the nature and role of scripture, he covers Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and new religious movements.