In addition to this sampling, you can view a YouTube playlist of Jainism and Ecology videos here.

Pankaj Jain: “Jainism and Ecology” Part 1
Florida International University

Dr. Pankaj Jain discusses the rich ecological dimensions of Jain tradition grounded in the principles of nonviolence (ahimsa), non-attachment to worldly possessions (aparigraha), and the reality of plurality in ways of being and knowing (anekanta). Dr. Jain also connects these philosophies to practices such as nonviolent activism, vegetarianism, abstinence, and the avoidance of extractive industries.

Pankaj Jain: “Jainism and Ecology” Part 2
Florida International University

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Christopher Chapple: “Jainism and Ecology”
Christopher Chapple discusses Jainism and Ecology with Mary Evelyn Tucker. “Jainism and Ecology” is part of the larger “Conversations on World Religions and Ecology” project. Watch the whole “Conversations on World Religions and Ecology” series on the Forum on Religion and Ecology YouTube Channel.

“The South Asian Response to Journey of the Universe
David Haberman, Christopher Ives, and Christopher Key Chapple
Journey of the Universe and Our Elegant Universe Symposium
Chautauqua Institution
June 2013

Three scholars of South Asian religions suggest ways in which those traditions might respond to Journey of the Universe. Dr. David Haberman, Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, draws parallels with Hindu creation myths of the One becoming the many, suggesting that all of reality is interconnected and arising from the same source. Dr. Christopher Ives, Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Stonehill College, suggests that Buddhism teaches people to move beyond egocentricity to realize that one affects and is affected by everything else, which resonates with Journey’s notion of interdependent communities. Dr. Christopher Chapple, Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University, appeals to the structure of Jain temples to convey insights about the connection between the human body and the cosmos, the purification of consciousness, and the recovery of intimacy with life in its many forms.


Header photo: Dilwara Jain Temples, Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India