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Jainism and Ecology


July 10-12, 1998


  • Opening Sessions
  • Keynote Addresses on Jainism and Ecology
  • Panel Presentations
  • Conference Summary and Response


Opening Sessions


Welcoming Remarks:


Lawrence Sullivan, Director, Center for the Study of World Religions


Mary Evelyn Tucker, Bucknell University, Conference Coordinator


John Grim, Bucknell University, Conference Coordinator


Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University, Conference Convenor


Keynote Addresses on Jainism and Ecology


L. M. Singhvi, Former High Commissioner to Britain from India - Respect for the Natural World in the Jain Tradition


Panel Presentations


Satish Kumar, Schumacher College - Celebration of Simplicity


Cromwell Crawford, University of Hawaii, Manoa - Agenda 21: Jain Cosmology and Ethics for the Eco-Crisis


Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University - Jain Biocosmology and Environmental Thought


Kim Skoog, University of Guam - Ahimsa as a Categorical Imperative for Environmental Care


John Koller, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Perspectivalism as a Basis for Ecological Dialogue


S. L. Gandhi, Secretary General, Anuvibha, Jaipur - Jain Principle of Ahimsa and Ecology


Nathmal Tatia, Emeritus Professor, Nalanda University, Bihar - The Jain Worldview and Ecology


B. C. Lodha, Vice Chancellor, Jain Vishva Bharati Institute, Ladnun - Protection of the Environment from a Jain Perspective


John Cort, Denison University - Toward a Possible Jain Environmental Ethic  


Paul Dundas, University of Edinburgh, Scotland - Digging Ahimsa: The Limits of a Jain Environmental Ethic  


Samani Pratibha Prajna, Jain Vishva Bharti Institute, and Samani Malli Prajna, Jain Vishva Bharti Institute - Solution to the Environmental Crisis through the Jain Way of Life (with a brief meditation)


Bhagchandra Jain, Department of Pali and Prakrit, University of Nagpur, India - Ecology and Spirituality in Jain Tradition


Sadhvi Shilapi, King's College, England - Environmental and Ecological Issues Propagated and Discussed by Tirthanka Mahavira


Kristi Wiley, Department of South and Southeast Asia, University of California, Berkeley - The Nature of Nature: Jain Perspectives on the Natural World


Conference Summary and Response


Padmanabh Jaini, Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Studies, University of California, Berkeley