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Document Type(s):Book Chapter
Book Title:The Assembly of Listeners: Jains in Society
Article/Chapter Title:The Role of the Layman According to Jain Canon
Editor(s):Carrithers, Michael; Humphrey, Caroline
Author(s):Norman, K R
Publisher Name:Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication:Cambridge
Date of Publication:1991
Annotation:Norman explores his observations of the seeming paradox between renunciation and ostentation in Jain society. He compares the lay understanding of aparigraha (renunciation-nonpossession) with that of the mendicant and ultimately concludes that the layman seeks a good rebirth while the ascetic’s goal is to destroy karma in order to reach the final goal of enlightenment. Norman also discusses Jain parallels to Buddhism in similar lay and ascetic terms.
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