Description   The course traces the development of non-violence
from the early theological teachings and
practices of non-harming (Ahimsa) prevalent among
certain ascetic groups and texts in ancient
India, to its systematic doctrinal expression in
Jainism and to its modern and contemporary
adoption as a socially engaged strategy for
justice. While Hindu and Buddhist Dharma
traditions hold non-harming as a foundational
principle, the Jain iteration refines and expands
the reach of a radical deep-roots virtue of
non-injury in the Dharma traditions. The course
will explore the ethical implications of the Jain
principles of Ahimsa, truth, non-stealing,
celibacy and non-possessiveness. The course will
examine Jainism's ontology of infinite souls and
respect for sentience, the constituents of
reality, karma, and cosmology. We will study the
foundational Jain principle of Ahimsa (absolute
non-violence) in relation to other supporting
principles such as the doctrine of Pluralism
(Anekantavada, multiplicity of viewpoints); and
the principle of Conditioned Predication
(Syadvada, Creative Relativism). There will be
further exploration of contemporary interests in
the use of nonviolence: e.g. the Civil Rights
struggle in the US and Acharya Tulsi's Jain
reformist movement.
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