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Centre of Jaina Studies

17th Jaina Studies Workshop - Jaina Tantra

IMG-Jaina Tantra

19th century Image of an apsarāḥ, Śāntinātha Jaina Mandira, Cūru/Rajasthan (Photo: P.F. 2014)

Date: 20 March 2015Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 20 March 2015Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Workshop

The 15th Annual lecture given by Professor Alexis Sanderson (All Souls, Oxford University) on The Jaina Appropriation and Adaptation of Śaiva Ritual: The Case of Pādliptasūri’s Nirvāṇakalikā
takes place on Thursday, 19 March at 6pm.  Further details



This workshop is free and open to all. Registration is required. Online Registration



Book of Abstracts

09.00Tea and Coffee
First Session: Textual Studies
09.15Paul Dundas (University of Edinburgh, Scotland) 
Tantra Without ‘Tantrism’: The Quotidian Jain Mantra According to Somasena Bhaṭṭāraka
09.45Jagat Ram Bhattacharyya (Shantiniketan, India)
Tantric Elements in the Original Praśnavyākaraṇa‒ A Study
10.15Ellen Gough (Yale University, USA)
The Digambara Sūrimantra and the Tantricization of Jain Image Consecration
10.45Tea & Coffee
Second Session: Jaina Tantra & Meditation
11.15Shugan Chand Jain (International Summer School for Jain Studies, New Delhi)
Peculiarities of Jaina Yoga as depicted in Jñānārṇava by Śubhacandra (1003-1068 A.D.)
11.45Christopher Key Chapple (Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA)
The Five Great Elements (pañca mahābhūta) in Jaina Meditation Manuals
12.15Samaṇī Pratibhāprajñā (SOAS, University of London & Jain Viśva Bhāratī Ladnun)
Tantric Elements in Prekṣa-Meditation
12.45Group Photo
13.00Lunch: Brunei Gallery Suite
Third Session: Tantric Elements in Jaina Ritual
14.00Michael Slouber (Western Washington University, USA)
Mundane Matters: Sex and Violence in Early Medieval Jain Tantra
14.30Peter Flügel (SOAS, University of London)
Digambara Jaina Divination Rituals in Coastal Karṇāṭaka
15.00Tea & Coffee
Fourth Session: Tantra in Hinduism and Jainism
15.30John E. Cort (Denison University, USA)
Reading Gorakhnāth through a Jain Lens: Jain Receptions of the Nāths in Pre-Colonial North India
16.00Olle Qvarnström (University of Lund, Sweden)
Tantra in Practice: How to Convert a King
16.30Brief Break

Addressing the question:

"In the 19th century, many Indian social and religious reformers differentiated 'custom and rituals' from 'true religion'. Is this distinction still relevant for lived Jainism today?"

In the Chair: John E. Cort (Denison University, USA)


  • Ashok Jain (Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
  • Ashok Jain (Department of Botany, Gwalior University)
  • Anupam Jain (Government Autonomous Holkar Science College, Indore)
  • Bhattaraka Charukirti (Shri Jain Matha Jain Kashi Mudbidri)
  • Chakresh Jain (Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, New Delhi)
  • D.C. Jain (Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi)
  • Kokila H. Shah (Department of Philosophy, Ramniranjan Jhunjhunwala College, Mumbai)
  • Parasmal Agarwal Jain (Oklahoma State University, Stillwater & Udaipur)
  • Sanjeev Sogani (Gyan Sagar Science Foundation, New Delhi)
  • Vimal Kumar Jain (Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Trombay, Mumbai)
18.00  Final Remarks

Organiser: Centres & Programmes Office

Contact email: centres@soas.ac.uk

Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4893

Sponsor: SOAS Centre of Jaina Studies, University of Lund and Gyan Sagar Science Foundation