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