Jainism is the most non-violent and austere religion in the world, and arguably the most difficult religion to practice. While lay Jains attempt to never harm humans or animals, the strict non-violence followed by highly revered monks and nuns also proscribes harm to any living being, even a microscopic organism. And while laywomen (and a few laymen) undergo long and difficult fasts, the longest being for one month, renouncers' austerities also include pulling their hair out by the roots two to five times a year, walking bare-foot throughout India most of the year, and some monks do not wear any clothing at all. Jainism: A Guide for the Perplexed is a clear and thorough account of this fascinating tradition, providing an ideal guide to the important beliefs and practices in Jainism. Using scriptural narratives central to the Jain tradition, the author explores the innerlogic of how renouncers' and laypeople's practices depend on an intricate Jain worldview. This is the ideal companion to the study of this most interesting world religion.
Guides for the Perplexed
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