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The Jain Path: Ancient Wisdom for the West
by Aidan Rankin
Jainism is one of the world's oldest religions, and perhaps the most demanding, rational and radical of all of them, attaching a great importance to individual responsibility. Today we are questioning our own inherited values and also rediscovering ancient traditions. We are looking for continuity and balance-a return to the centre. Understanding of Jain principles can poi ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published October 10th 2006 by John Hunt Publishing
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This is an excellent book on Jainism. It does a good job laying out the beliefs and practices of Jains for those in the West. Good for those learning about Jainism for the first time, but also emgaging and enlightening for those who may have previous knowledge about Jainism and world religions in general. It situates Jainism between Hinduism and Buddhism, showing differences and similarities, all the while bringing out the essential aspects of the Jain religion.
A fascinating and very well written book. This is ideal for someone who wants to learn about Jainism, but is not seeking to become a Jain. It's a clear overview of what Jainism is and how it functions, that makes no effort at converting you, and actually offers little insight about how to practice. Highly recommended for anyone who takes intellectual itnerest in faiths, or who simply wishes to learn a bit about this one in particular.