Summer Course in Jain Philosophy. From April 19th on..

There have been a few revisions to the announcement below – this is a very interesting course for anyone with the time, who has an interest in Indology, and the contextual Indian background in which Buddhism grew: updates to the original information are pasted underneath…..in red

This year’s Course in Jain Philosophy will run from April 19th to May 8th at Mahidol University campus, Salaya.

Last years course was very well received – and one of our own group attended all the sessions, and followed up with a trip to the full annual course in India, which he really loved.

Jain philosophy lies very close to Buddhism, and central to Indian thought past and present. If you have come across Jainism only in Buddhist suttas, then you have not given it justice. It is a highly evolved and beautiful expression of Truth.

The lectures are free of charge, and each lecture covers a separate topic – so if you cannot make all the course, you can still catch some of them without feeling lost.

Interested scholars might also note there is chance for two (or more) Scholarships to go to India for the full in depth annual course there from May 26th to July 8th.

If you are involved with academic work or other field relating, especially in universities, please help announce this very interesting opportunity, and distribute the WORD documents below.

Official Announcement: (note, below is an abbreviated text, please go to the form downloads below for full details)

Buddhism and Jainism have a lot in common as they are two branches of the same Sramana tradition of Indian philosophy and religion and both have much to share and learn from each other. We complement and supplement each other and hence it is imperative that we start this study and dialog to further strengthen the cultural and educational ties between Thailand and India.

Since year 2005, International Summer School of Jain Studies (ISSJS) has been inviting scholars from the field of Religion and Philosophy from various countries including Thailand to study Jain Philosophy in English language in India during the months of June and July each year. Six Thai scholars have already studied intensive summer course at ISSJS during past 4 years (2006-2009).

To make this summer course of Jain philosophy available to more Thai teachers, professors and post graduate scholars in Thailand, we are planning to invite few learned Jain professors from India for 3 weeks duration to Thailand during Thai summer holidays  to teach Jain Philosophy (in English language) at Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Nakhon Pathom.

Applications are invited for the next year’s (ISSJS 2010) summer course in Bangkok.

Please send you application in English by post: for the attention of Dr. Sophana Srichampa at

Address: Institute of language and Culture for Rural Development, Mahidol University, Salaya, Phutthamonthon 4 Road, Nakhonpathom 73170.

Download forms

International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) 2010

Invitation for ISSJS 2010 Summer Course in Thailand

ISSJS 2010 Application-Form

UPDATE

                   Wisdom of The Land                                                             International School for Jain Studies                                               

Institute of Language and Culture for Rural Development                                        (ISJS)   &

               Mahidol University, Thailand                                                           Bangkok Jain Community

Invitation for summer Course in Jain Philosophy (Mon., 26th April – Sat., 15th  May ‘10)

 

Buddhism and Jainism have a lot in common as they are two branches of the same Sramana tradition of Indian philosophy and religion and both have much to share and learn from each other. We complement and supplement each other and hence it is imperative that we start this study and dialog to further strengthen the cultural and educational ties between Thailand and India.

Since year 2005, International Summer School of Jain Studies (ISSJS) has been inviting scholars from the field of Religion and Philosophy from various countries including Thailand to study Jain Philosophy in English language in India during the months of June and July each year. Six Thai scholars have already studied intensive summer course at ISSJS during past 4 years (2006-2009).

To make this summer course of Jain philosophy available to more Thai teachers, professors and post graduate scholars in Thailand, we are planning to invite few learned Jain professors from India for 3 weeks duration to Thailand during Thai New Year summer holidays  to teach Jain Philosophy (in English language) at Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Nakhon Pathom.

Applications are invited for the next year’s (ISSJS 2010) summer course in Bangkok.

Please send you application in English by post: for the attention of Dr. Sophana Srichampa at

Address: Institute of language and Culture for Rural Development, Mahidol University, Salaya, Phutthamonthon 4 Road, Nakhonpathom 73170.

Please also send above information by e-mail to Ajarn Sophana, e-mail id:  sophana@gmail.com and DJF, Bangkok, e-mail id: djfbangkok@hotmail.com 

Qualifications Required:

  •  English language skills (speaking, reading and writing) are essential.
  •   Prior and/or on-going studies in religion, philosophy and culture at post-graduate and/or at teaching level is essential with strong interest in promoting comparative studies
  • This program is open only to faculty and graduate/undergraduate students in the related areas of study and engaged in teaching or research, or pursuing advanced studies, at any accredited university or college worldwide.

 Course details:

  • Course duration:       3 weeks, from Monday, 26th April to Saturday, 15th May 2010.
  • Timing:                    6 days per week, Monday to Saturday, 8.30 am to 13.00 pm.
  •                                2 lectures of 2 hour each, 15 min. Q & A,15 min. break between lectures.
  • Class size:                Up to 20 students.
  • Fee:                         This course is offered Free of cost but student shall manage for his/her  accommodation, transportation)
  •                                 Tea/coffee, water & light snacks will be provided by Mahidol University.                     
  • Best student of ISSJS (T) 2010 summer course stands chance of winning Cash Award or economy class air ticket to India (to be announced later).
  • Submission Deadline: Your Essay and application form shall be submitted to us on or before 
  •                                 31st March 2010.

For further Information, you may contact following:

Ajarn Sophana, e-mail id:  sophana@gmail.com                   Mobile # 086 1685475

Ajarn Prasong,  e-mail id:  pkittinan@gmail.com                  Mobile # 081-5818515

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2 Responses to Summer Course in Jain Philosophy. From April 19th on..

  1. richard says:

    A thousand thanx for Pundit Pandit for posting this info. I signed up for the free course. My attraction is the Jain ritual of dying. The person goes without food, water and pain killer medication. This is not suicide, nor is it mercy killing. The ritual is done on a voluntary basis. The person must be of sound mind. It is believed when the person exits this life for the next existence he/she will have purified the mind, body and soul.
    The person will depart in a state of bliss and enter a higher level of existence.
    The tradition has been practiced for several thousand years.

    • shugan jain says:

      Jainism and Buddhism are branches of the same Shraman tradition in India, i.e so called non beleivers in supreme authority and firm beleirs in karma doctrine.

      The art of dying,a s we call ita s sallekhana in jainism , is a unique aspect of jain ethis. it details the preparation and manner of practicing to have a peaceful and pious death. remmebr the saying ” All is well that ends well’. You will know about daily practice ( for accidental death), pracxticing when faced with a natural calamity (famine or earthquake) and the in the end when the body is unable to support our self development activities.

      Come join and have lots of experience and fun at mahidol from April 26th to May 15th.

      ISJS

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