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2011 Jain Philosophy course at Mahidol-ISSJS 2011 — 6 Comments

  1. Dear all,

    I have now been accepted on this course. There are actually two – one running at Mahidol in the mornings, and one at Chula in the afternoons. The official deadline (28 feb) for applications has passed but I have learned that there are still several spaces available on both courses.
    I’d like to add that I’ve received very good reports from past attendees of the course. Also, having now read into Jainism I think this is a great, great opportunity for both interest and practice…so just letting you know it’s not too late to apply.

    Very best wishes,
    Emily

    • PS – don’t be put off by the statement ‘you have to be affiliated to an educational institution or college…’ – you don’t.

      • Thanks for the note Emily. I think you are right about the statement … I think anyone with a genuine interest will be accepted. I still am not sure about my schedule, but I hope to join some of the Bangkok lectures. I would really like to do the whole course – it is of great interest to anyone who is involved with Indian religion, including Buddhism. Pandit Bhikkhu

  2. Arthur, who joined last year’s course, sent the following note:
    Jain Course April / May 2010
    Having completed the 2010 course almost all who asked me about the course brought to mind the very austere life style of the monks. It is most unlikely that these monks will be seen outside of India. The vast majority of the Jains blend in to the communities in which they live and based on their beliefs they aim to give their best to any profession that they undertake. There are about 600-700 Jain families, i.e. about 1500-1800 Jains in Thailand. There are Jain hospitals, orphanages, and educational organizations in India and in Thailand the Jains donate money, medicines and day-to-day usage items to hospitals, orphanages and cow shelters.

    Mahatma Gandhi was a Hindu follower but his mother was Jain and he also had an important Jain follower as his spiritual guide who very much influenced his way of thinking.
    The course was about Jain philosophy but also about Buddhism. The Jain scriptures are based on the teachings of Lord Mahavir who lived around the same time as Lord Buddha and so comparisons are often made. The course draws out the history and philosophy of the Jains from the scriptures and it seems that the scriptures are in an evolving process. No formal scriptures are used but there are lots of notes, freely given, some to your thumb drive. The course was given by Professors from India and I gained much more than I would have by reading books. Recommended books are available.

    The days started around 08:00 to 08:30 and finished around 12:00 to 13:00. You can catch a 15 or 515 bus from Victory Monument which takes you to and from Mahidol University at 24 Baht each way. I regretted having to miss 3 days due to prior commitments. Some other course members missed several of the units- you can come and go as you please.
    Arthur Robinson
    31 March 2011