SOAS University of London

Centre of Jaina Studies

The 19th Annual Jaina Lecture

Dr Richard Fynes (SOAS)

Date: 22 March 2019Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 22 March 2019Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

Jainism and Money: Precept and Practice

Ānanda, the paradigmatic Jain layman who is the subject of the first section of the Śvetāmbara canonical text the Upāsakadaśāḥ, is characterised by his extreme wealth or rather by his possession of money in the form of gold pieces: 120 million of them to be exact. Ānanda’s possession of such a large amount of money makes his eventual renunciation all the more impressive. In Jainism there is a symbiosis between wealth and renunciation. This paper seeks to explore this symbiosis in the light of theoretical approaches to the sociology of money. The forms of money are protean; they range from Ānanda’s tangible money in the shape of coins with a positive intrinsic value to today’s largely invisible money, which depends on a negative concept, debt, for its value. The paper will attempt to survey the interface between Jain ethical values and money in its various forms.


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