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Padmanabh S. Jaini graduated from the University of Bombay and spent two years studying Theravada Buddhism in the Vidyodaya Monastery in Sri Lanka. He received his Ph.D. degree in Buddhist Literature at the University of London. He was Lecturer in Pali and Buddhism at the Banaras Hindu University in 1952, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, in 1956. He joined the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 1969 and moved to the University of California at Berkeley as Professor of Buddhist Studies in 1972. He is a Trustee of the U.K. based Institute of Jainology and has participated in the first Interfaith Dialogue on Jainism and Christianity held at the Vatican in 1995, and in the meeting of the World Faiths and the World Bank (on development) sponsored by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Lambeth Palace in February 1998. His major publications are in the field of Buddhist and Jaina doctrines, and his most recent works are The Jaina Path of Purification (University of California, 1979), Apocryphal Birth-Stories (The Pali Text Society, London, 1986), and Gender and Salvation: Jaina Debates on the Spiritual Liberation of Women (University of California, 1991).


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