Author: Vincent SekharPublisher: Sri Satguru PublicationsYear: 2003Language: EnglishPages: 271ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170307910
This book is a researched work on the technical and popular meaning and understanding of Dharma from the early Brahmanic, Buddhist, and Jain perspectives. The early portion describes the evolution of the meaning of Dharma as various traditions encountered with one another at different stages. They portray the twin-trend of the ancient Indian culture, namely, Sramanic and Brahmanic trends of thought. For clarity’s sake, the author then presents the specific understanding of the meaning of Dharma from the above three religious and philosophical traditions. Special attention is given to Jain tradition.The book also covers the technical meaning (s) of the term Dharma, compares and contrasts them between traditions. The later portion studies the contemporary relevance of Dharma as a vision and way of life, with a focus on the phenomenon of violence and non-violence, its myth and reality.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTFOREWORDAPPRAISALPREFACEABBREVIATIONSChapter IDharma in the Dialectic of TraditionsChapter IIThe Ascetic Path of the SramanasChapter IIIA Manifold Conception of the Meaning of DharmaPart IDharma in Hindu TraditionPart IIDharma in Buddhist TraditionPart IIIDharma in Jaina TraditionChapter IVAn Enquiry into Jaina EthicsChapter VTechnical Discussion of the term ‘Dharma’Part IIn Buddhist Abhidharma TraditionPart IITechnical Understanding of Dharma and Adharma in Jaina TraditionPart IIIComparative analysis of Bauddha Dharma And Jaina Dharma and AdharmaChapter VIContemporary Relevance of Srramana DharmaPart IThe Phenomenon of Violence: Evil and its RemediesPart IIIs Non-violence still a Myth?: The Sramana Vision of ahimsa as applied To the Emergence of a Non-violent SocietyChapter VIIInsights into the Sramanic TraditionBibliographyIndexWord IndexSubjects Index