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Nathmal Tatia is research director of the Jain Vishva Bharati Institute in Ladnun, Rajistan. He received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Calcutta University where his doctoral thesis was on Jain philosophy. He taught in Nalanda, and in Vaishali before coming to Ladnun in 1977. He was a visiting professor of Buddhist Studies at Harvard in 1990 and attended the International Congress of History of Religions at Claremont in 1965 as the representative from India. He has published numerous books, articles, translations and edited works. He has also published a Bibliography of Jain Research (Tulsi Prajna).

 

Abstract of paper given at Jainism and Ecology conference:
The Jain Worldview and Ecology

This paper will begin with an overview of the Jain worldview and will conclude with some reflections on the current ecological crisis and some possible remedies. It will discuss ahimsa as the central theme of the earliest books of the Jain canon and explore ways in which ahimsa is a moral imperative that is fruitful in practice. Some comparisons will be draw between Mahavira's Anukampa, Buddha's Maitri and Karuna, the love of Jesus, and Gandhi's non-violence.

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