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An ascetic religion of India, founded in the sixth century bc, that teaches the immortality and transmigration of the soul and denies the existence of a supreme being.

Jain′ist adj.


(Other Non-Christian Religions) an ancient Hindu religion, which has its own scriptures and believes that the material world is eternal, progressing endlessly in a series of vast cycles
ˈJainist n, adj


(ˈdʒaɪ nɪz əm)

a dualistic religion founded in the 6th century B.C. as a revolt against current Hinduism and emphasizing asceticism and nonviolence toward all living creatures.


a dualistic, ascetic religion founded in the 6th century B.C. by a Hindu reformer as a revolt against the caste system and the vague world spirit of Hinduism. — Jain,n.,adj.Jainist, n.
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Noun1.Jainism - sect founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against HinduismJainism - sect founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism
religious order, religious sect, sect - a subdivision of a larger religious group
Jainist - a believer in Jainism
2.Jainism - religion founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism; emphasizes asceticism and immortality and transmigration of the soul; denies existence of a perfect or supreme being
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
ahimsa - a Buddhist and Hindu and especially Jainist doctrine holding that all forms of life are sacred and urging the avoidance of violence


[ˈdʒaɪnɪzəm] njaïnisme m
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Porque para los jainas, inventores de la no-violencia o ahimsa, no existe la verdad, sino verdades.
Through a comparative study of stories of three characters (Prince Abhaya, the physician Jivaka, and King Udrayana) in the Mulasarvastivada Vinaya and their counterparts in the Avasyakacurni, this paper demonstrates that the Buddhists and the Jainas who composed or redacted the two texts exploited parallel narrative plots or motifs along different lines and for different purposes.
Para los jainas, las verdades tienen su origen en la vision intuitiva de un santo (yogin), en tanto que el conocimiento se da en dos manifestaciones: lo inmediato y lo mediato.
Hertels grosses wissenschaftliches Verdienst liegt in der Klarlegung der Textgeschichte des Pahcatantra, das nach ihm einen Furstenspiegel in Fabelform darstellt, und daruberhinaus in der Erforschung der erzahlenden Literatur der Jainas.
According to both the Digambara and Svetamabra traditions of the Jainas, it must be applied to all forms of living beings.
Together with Balabhadra and Subhadra, the wooden image Jagannatha is claimed to be the Jina of the Jainas, Adi Buddha of the Buddhists, Rudra of the Saivas, Bhairava of the Saktas,Visnu of the Vedantin Vaisnavas, Krsna of the Bengal Vaisnavism and Nilamadhava (bluestoned Narayana) of the tribals.
Segun Margaret y James Stutley (1986: 7), puede haberse originado como una protesta contra el sacrificio de sangre y la pena capital, ademas de la oposicion de los budistas y jainas a la guerra.
Jainas trace the history of their lineage of teachers far back into pre-history.
El concepto de ahimsa, que en lengua sanscrita significa "no-violencia" fue acunado por los jainas alrededor del siglo vi antes de nuestra era.
Perspektivismus und Kritik: Das pluralistische Erkenntnismodell der Jainas angesichts der Polemik gegen das Vaisesiksa in Vidyanandins Satyasasanapariksa.
18) To prevent a one-sided metaphysical system and controversy, "the Jainas requisition the service of the doctrine of standpoints, in addition to that of pramanas, for the ascertainment of reality.
Los jainas afirman que la creencia en una unica verdad o en un dios nos vuelve intolerantes y soberbios; por ello, con su filosofia llamada Anekantebada, postulan que la verdad es relativa: hay muchas verdades y no una.