SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dr Samani Pratibha Pragya

PhD, MA (SOAS University of London), MA, BA (University of Rajasthan, India)
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Samani Pratibha Pragya
Centre of Yoga Studies


Centre of Jaina Studies


Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Samani Pratibha Pragya
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SOAS University of London
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I am a scholar of Jain Studies and my specialisms include the Terāpanth lineage, to which I belong as a Samani (saint). My current research centres on the history and methods of modern Jain meditation and yoga. At present I am working as a Research Assistant at SOAS with Dr Flügel on Terāpanth data pertaining to the Jaina-Prosopography project.


  • Terāpanth Prabodh: Eka Adhyayan. In Terāpanth Kā Rajasthānī Kā Avadāna. Jain Vishva Bhāratī Saṁshtān, Lāḍanūṁ (1993), pp. 194-200.
  • Saṅghapuruṣa: The Human Body as a Symbol of the Saṅgha. In: CoJS Newsletter, Issue 1 (2006), pp. 20-21.
  • Prekṣā Meditation: History and Methods. In: CoJS Newsletter, Issue 8, (2013), pp. 36-37.
  • Education and the Transmission of Values: A Jain Perspective. Pontifical Gregorian University. Pro Dialogo, Bulletin 150 (2015). pp. 130-34.
  • Ācārya Mahāprajña’s Sanskrit Work Aśruvīṇā and its Canonical Sources. In the forthcoming volume of Jaina Narratives (Forthcoming SOAS Publication).           
  • Blurring the Distinction between Dhyāna and Svādhyāya in Jayācārya’s Writings on Meditation. In the forthcoming volume of PUṢPIKĀ. (forthcoming Oxford Publication).
  • Yoga and Meditation in Jain Tradition. In the forthcoming volume of ROUTLEDGE Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies (Forthcoming SOAS Publication).