Category Archives: Jainism

Paperback edition of Narrating Karma and Rebirth

I have returned from a research trip to find some gratis copies of my book Narrating Karma and Rebirth: Buddhist and Jain Multi-life Stories (Cambridge University Press, 2014) in paperback! It is very pleasing to see that it is now … Continue reading

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Karma the Ghost and Jain Karma Theory

I have been teaching Jain karma theory this week and it reminded me to look up this little animated film I came across years ago: It is a thought-provoking representation of karma as little ghost-like figures who literally cling to … Continue reading

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Pratyekabuddhas continued

Following my post last week, Giuliano Giustarini (Visiting Professor at Mahidol University) was kind enough to email me and to point out that my statement ‘the term pratyekabuddha is actually not present in the earliest texts’ is rather misleading. The … Continue reading

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On pratyekabuddhas

For various reasons I have recently been reading a lot about pratyekabuddhas (Pāli paccekabuddhas), or ‘solitary buddhas’ as the usual translation would have it, since they are said to achieve awakening by themselves and do not found a ‘dispensation’ (śāsana) … Continue reading

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Book out: Narrating Karma and Rebirth

I am delighted to announce that my latest monograph, Narrating Karma and Rebirth: Buddhist and Jain Multi-life Stories, is published today, by Cambridge University Press. More information can be found here. The book is the main output from my British … Continue reading

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Narrating Karma and Rebirth book

Today I sent off the final (final final) typescript for my book Narrating Karma and Rebirth: Buddhist and Jain Multi-life Stories, which will be published by Cambridge University Press early in 2014. The review process has been rigorous and very … Continue reading

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Elephant stories

I have been watching the latest David Attenborough wildlife documentary on the BBC – Africa. Like many other viewers, it is the elephants that fascinate me most, and this week they got me thinking about how elephants are portrayed in … Continue reading

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