Jain Philosophy- Jainism

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Jain philosophy embodies the ideas that all beings have a soul, multiple aspects and non-attachment. Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism have significant differences in their belief of the universe in regrades to karma. Understanding these differences in these religions concerning karma allows one to distinguish the individuality of Jainism from other Indian religions prominent today. As well as knowing the contrasts understanding the similarities between Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism also help us understand the common beliefs and ideals about karma and the universe held by these faiths. Jainism is considered one of three major Indian religions, also including Buddhism and Hinduism. Unlike Buddhism and Hinduism though, Jainism has never had the same amount of attention directed towards it (Skoog 1). Jainism is a 3,000 year old faith that has no commandments nor any unconditional tenants (Pepper 1). The main Jain teacher of its time was Mahavira, was a noble who forsook his caste. Mahavira then fasted, meditated, and lived in silence for twelve years when he found liberation and perfection (Fisher 121). Mahavira then spread his teachings, and was considered the twenty-fourth Tirhankara (Fisher 122). Tirhankara’s are individuals who have gained universal truths through enlightenment (“Faith speaks” 2). Ahimsa, or nonviolence towards all living things no matter how small is one of the…

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