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Bhagchandra Jain received his D. Litt in Sanskrit, Pali-Prakrit, and Hindi and his thesis was on Jainism in Buddhist literature. A former professor and Director of the Center for Jaina Studies at the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, he is presently professor and head of the Department of Pali-Prakrit, Nagpur University, Nagpur. He is also Honorary Director of the Sanmati Research Institute of Indology in Nagpur. He has written extensively on Jainism and Mahavira, Jaina Philosophy, Jaina Logic, Buddhist Philosophy, and has published approximately 40 books. Following are some of the awards he has received: U.G.C. Fellowship, commonwealth Fellowship, National U.G.C. Fellowship, Central Government of India Award, Rampuria Award, and the Kundakundajnanapeeth Award. He has traveled abroad six times attending conferences and delivering lectures.

 

Abstract of paper given at Jainism and Ecology conference:
Ecology and Spirituality in Jain Tradition

Jainism, the religion of nature, preached the most non-violent approach and humanitarian viewpoint towards all souls with a profound progressive attitude and judicious understanding. The Jain thinkers had discussed at length long ago as to how one can protect the ecology and environment and saves himself, society, nations and all creatures from natural calamities through non-violence and non-possession. The present paper will throw a light on the subject matter and explain as to how it had protected the ecology and environment and created awareness regarding interaction within natural systems through establishing spiritual relationships between humans and the environment on a collective basis.

 

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