In addition to this sampling, you can view a YouTube playlist of Jainism and Ecology videos here.
Vital Matters: Applied Jain Ethics for Earth Day
Fowler Museum at UCLA
April 22, 2022
On April 22nd—celebrated as Earth Day—communities around the world call particular attention to the imperative to protect the environment and all living organisms. This program explores Jain principles and actions associated with the vratas or vows that govern pious conduct and considers how these might serve as models for safeguarding the ecosystem and promoting food security, animal rights, and healthy diets. Deriving from the Sanskrit word jina, meaning “a victor” over worldly attachments, Jainism is an ancient Indian way of life that emphasizes nonviolence, non-possessiveness, and acceptance of multiple perspectives. Our panelists will highlight Jain philosophical approaches that prioritize reducing harm to living things, including plants and animals, and they will offer invaluable insights into the links between animal welfare, pollution, education, and public health.
March 25, 2022
A webinar hosted by Applied Jainism & conceptualized by Dr. Bipin Joshi. Climate Crisis is a bigger problem than what we perceive. Although plastic is very useful in our lives and we apparently can't do without them, they have a great contribution to #climatechange through wildlife deaths, environmental pollution and human health hazards.
January 17, 2022
This week, Spotlights features a clip from our episode with Dr. Pankaj Jain, Head of the Department of Humanities & Languages and Chair of The India Centre at FLAME University. We talk about the place of animals in Indian religion, culture, and ecology, including questions about vegetarianism, veganism, agriculture, and animal sanctuaries. Details for the full episode are available here: https://fore.yale.edu/blogs/entry/164…
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…
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.
Spotlights ~ Ep. 23, Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University
February 22, 2021
This episode features Christopher Key Chapple, PhD, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and founding Director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He shares his perspective as a scholar and practitioner of yoga, particularly with regard to the connections between yoga and ecology. He discusses his new book, which explores elemental meditations across different traditions of yoga, Living Landscapes: Meditations on the Elements in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Yogas (SUNY Press, 2020). More information about the book can be found here: http://www.sunypress.edu/p-6860-livin…You can find more information about Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain perspectives on ecology at the Forum Website: https://fore.yale.edu/World-Religions
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
December 7, 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.
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
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
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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Header photo: Dilwara Jain Temples, Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India