2011 Jain Philosophy course at Mahidol-ISSJS 2011

 Several of our group have attended the course below in previous years, and give good reports. Participants are encouraged to attend the full course, but lectures deal with topics separately so it is possible to just attend some of the lectures.

Check down to the comments below the announcement for a futher note from Arthur who attended this course last year…..


UPDATE April 26:

Please note that in view of less than expected number of applicants at both universities, ISSJS committee has decided to hold lectures during 1st and 3rd week at Mahidol University and during 2nd week at Chulalongkorn University as per details given below.


The revised Lectures Schedule is attached herewith.


The revised program and venue details are as per information below:

· 1st week: Tuesday, 26th April 2011 – Saturday , 30th April 2011 &

· 3rd week: Monday, 9th May 2011 – Friday , 13th May 2011

· Timing: In Morning -> 8.30am-12.30pm

· Venue: Room # 316, 3rd Floor, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia (RILCA) Building, Mahidol University, Salaya campus.


· 2nd week: Monday, 2nd May 2011 – Saturday , 7th May 2011 (No lectures on 5th May)

· Timing: In Afternoon -> 13.30-17.30 hours (pm)

· Venue : (Room # & building will be advised soon) ……Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University


Applicant can contact any of following ISSJS coordinators for further Information:

· Ajarn Sophana (Mahidol U) e-mail id: sophana@gmail.com Mobile # 086-1685475

· Ajarn Soraj (Chulalongkorn U) e-mail id: s.hongladarom@gmail.com Mobile # 089-6866331

· Mr. Pramod M. Jain e-mail id: pmjain@hotmail.com Mobile # 081-8211739

We are really sorry and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused due to these last moment changes. Thanking you.

Sincerely yours,

Pramod M. Jain

Chairman-ISSJS, Thailand Academic and Governing Council

Mobile#: 081-8211739


 Updated Feb 2011

We are pleased to announce that for the first time this year’s the 3 week long workshop is organized by International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) in association with two prestigious local Universities:
– Mahidol Univ. (in morning hours) and
– Chulalongkorn Univ. (in afternoon hours).
Please find attached Application Form and Invitation for the Application for the summer course ISSJS2011 on “Non-violence & Shramana tradition (Jainism)”.
Applications are invited from interested participants. Last date for submitting the application is extended to 28th February 2011.
Please note that the applicant shall join the workshop at any one of above universities as the curriculum will be almost the same at both Universities. All lectures will be in English language.
Jainism and Buddhism are both contemporary religions of India belonging to the same Shramanika tradition. We are interested in getting application from few serious and enthusiastic applicants like lecturers, undergraduate/postgraduate students, monks, nuns, and scholars for this summer course, ISSJS 2011.
Since you have good contacts at many leading Universities, Monasteries, I would highly appreciate if you could kindly help us in circulating this Invitation by forwarding this e-mail to your colleagues, lecturer friends, postgraduate and undergraduate students, Buddhist, non-Buddhist as well as foreigner friends and others in your mailing list that may be interested in learning Jain Philosophy and kindly request them to further forward this e-mail to their own contacts.
This three weeks introductory program is planned exclusively for the faculty, researchers and students. All participants must be affiliated to a recognized university or college. Applicants having demonstrable interest in Jain or Buddhist studies, South Asian studies, religions, philosophy or anthropology are preferred. Reasonably good English language skills (speaking, reading, and writing) are essential for all applicants.
The program and course details are as below:
Course duration:        3 weeks, from Monday, 25th April 2011 to Friday, 13th May 2011.
Timing:                 Monday to Saturday, 8.30am-12.30pm
Venue:                  5th Floor, Seminar Room, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia (RILCA) Building, Mahidol University, Salaya campus.
Timing:                 Monday to Saturday, 2.30pm-5.30pm
Venue :                    Room 614, Boromratchakumari Building, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn Univ. 
Class size:             Up to 20 students in each session.
Course Fee:           Baht 1,000. The fee is payable at the university by all participants on the first day of their joining the program.
Fee waiver for meritorious & deserving applicants.
Study Notes CD will be provided free of cost to all students joining the course.
The University and ISJS together provide class room facilities, faculty and tea / coffee for the academic lectures and visit to the Jain temples in Bangkok.
ISJS does not provide any stipend or financial assistance to any participants of this program.
Those willing to enroll for this program are requested to contact Mr. Pramod M. Jain (email: pmjain@hotmail.com ) for acceptance.
You can also apply online at ISSJS website:  www.jainstudies.org
First prize of return airfare to India to attend ISSJS2011-6W will be given to successful student. ISSJS Chairman’s decision will be final and binding on all students.
Applicant can contact any of following ISSJS coordinators for further Information:
Ajarn Sophana (Mahidol Univ)   e-mail id: sophana@gmail.com     Mobile # 086-1685475
Ajarn Chanvit  (Chulalongkorn U)  e-mail id:  ctudkeao@gmail.com      Mobile # 089-9725556
Ajarn Prasong                        e-mail id: pkittinan@gmail.com     Mobile # 081-5818515
Mr. Pramod M. Jain                  e-mail id: pmjain@hotmail.com     Mobile # 081-8211739

The general site for the Jain course details world wide is :  www.jainstudies.org 

Download Application Form

Download official pdf Invitation for Chula & Mahidol U for ISSJS TH 2011


6 replies on “2011 Jain Philosophy course at Mahidol-ISSJS 2011”

  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,

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

      1. 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

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