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


Spotlights Episode  2.16
Dr. Pankaj Jain, FLAME University
January 10, 2022

This week’s episode of Spotlights features Pankaj Jain, PhD, an internationally recognized academic leader in sustainability, Jain studies, film studies, and diaspora studies. He is the Head of the Department of Humanities & Languages and Chair of The India Centre at FLAME University. We discuss connections between dharma and ecology in Hinduism and Jainism, with particular attention to three books by Dr. Jain, Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability (Routledge, 2011), Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India: Moving the Mountains (Routledge, 2016), and Dharma in America: A Short History of Hindu-Jain Diaspora (Routledge, 2019). He tweets at @ProfPankajJain, and his podcast #DiscoverIndia is on Spotify, Apple, Google, YouTube, Gaana, and other platforms. You can also find more information at his faculty website: https://www.flame.edu.in/faculty/pank…


Jainism and Sustainability: A Webinar for SIES College, Mumbai with Prof. Pankaj Jain
Discover India with Professor Pankaj Jain
July 31, 2021

In an interactive talk, Prof. Pankaj Jain discusses dharmic ecology and how Jain cosmology can inform modern action for healing the Earth.

Jainism and Ecology, with Prof. Pankaj Jain and Mr. Pranav Kothari
The Jain Foundation
February 6, 2021

Professor Jain highlights the long relationship between Jainism and sound ecological practice, including the use of ‘muhapatti’ or masks, non-violence, veganism, and mindfulness.

Jain Declaration on Climate Change
Nisha Matamp
2020

How can religion be used to fight against Climate change? This declaration gives direction to the Jains to change their lifestyles in order to live sustainably. 
Guest speakers: Dr. J. Jina Shah and Sudhanshu Jain.


Jainism and the Struggle for Environmental Justice
Young Jains of America
September 9, 2020

Vivek Maru, founder of Namati, describes the efforts of people directly affected by environmental destruction—small hold farmers in Sierra Leone, fisher people on the coast of India, families in an industrial zone of Baltimore—to exercise their rights. He weaves a story about how these struggles are connected to each other, to Jain philosophy, and to the future of the planet. Vivek also maps out concrete ways each one of us can advance environmental justice.


Satish Kumar on Jainism, Economy, and Ecology
The Future is Beautiful Podcast with Amisha Ghadiali
February 21, 2018

Cofounder of Schumacher College, editor of Resurgence magazine, and global activist Satish Kumar discusses how his Jain philosophy of nonviolence leads him to live as a pilgrim rather than as a commuter, and ultimately to find fellowship with all life.

Christopher Chapple: “Jainism and Ecology”
Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology “Conversations on World Religions and Ecology” project
June 24-28, 2013

Christopher Chapple discusses Jainism and Ecology with Mary Evelyn Tucker.
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.

 


Pankaj Jain: “Jainism and Ecology” Part 1
Florida International University
November 2012

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

November 2012
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Header photo: Dilwara Jain Temples, Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India