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Life Force: The World of Jainism
Outside India, little is known of Jainism, one of the oldest religions in the world; a gentle faith whose ancient precepts have always nurtured an ecological way of life, and which numbers today nearly ten million adherents. At the root of Jainism's compassionate philosophy is the practice of ahimsa, meaning non-violence, an approach to the world that greatly influenced Ma ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Jain Publishing Company
(first published July 1991)
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Far from a thorough description of the religion (also, keep in mind that it is written by a Western observer), but it is suitable for anyone looking to glean a general sense of Jainism. Additionally, it serves as a useful index, as it carries a handy list of references.