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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.
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Noun1.Jainist - a believer in JainismJainist - a believer in Jainism    
Jainism - sect founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
Adj.1.Jainist - relating to or characteristic of Jainism; "Jain gods"
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Does basic equality dictate a single normative position toward the Jainist practice of Sallekhana, in which very old or very ill people stop eating, so as to die?
In Jainist cosmology (Jainism is an ancient religion of India, which today has around 5 million followers) both the universe and time lack beginning and end.
I was astonished to see in the Humanist Profile (S/O 2016) that Hemant Mehtas Jainist family practiced "vegetarianism, meditation, nonviolence, and anti-materialism, among other tenants." Did you mean they were practicing with other renters in their building?
Part of the misunderstanding, Sister John Paul said, is a misplaced view of what people call "reverence for life." She told me about long email rants written by a Jainist woman in India, rebuking her for being a hunter.
Thus Hindu, Buddhist, Jainist, Zoroastrian, and other students apparently now remain free to peacefully display their ancient religious symbol, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf, who has led the fight against the symbol's de facto ban, and to allow the student to remain at GWU.
A Roomba automatic vacuum cleaner, for example, is an ethical robot in the sense of Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics because it harms no humans, but not ethical for a Jainist because it harms insects (p.
The detailed philosophy may be found in Jainist, Buddhist and Hindu religious texts.
The doctrine of non-violence or non-killing is taken from Hindu, Buddhist and Jainist philosophies.
It also includes individual examples from contemporary Jainist, Islamic, and Chinese map-making.