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published: 3/17/04
updated: 2/26/14

Jainism



Jainism is an Indian religion that emphasizes complete non-violence and asceticism. Jainism began in the sixth century BC, the same time Buddhism was developing. The faith is named for the jinas, spiritual conquerors who have achieved liberation and perfection. Included among these are the 24 spiritual leaders called "ford-makers" or tirthankaras. Followers are called Jains. Jain ritual centers around on sacred images and mantras.

When it comes to Jainism, many people have questions like: What do Jains believe about God, the universe, people, the spiritual realm, and the afterlife? What are their values, traditions, and ethics? Who are their teachers, leaders, and followers? And what is their history?

The table of contents below will direct you to various topics on Jainism, from their beliefs to their history, to their practices, to their sacred days, and more. (Note: Category headings go to the home page for that subject.)



Jainism beliefs, history, practices, and more

Fast Facts on Jainism

Jain Beliefs


Read about important dates, statistics, adherents, sacred texts, and more about Jainism.

Read about Jainism views on God, people, the universe, the afterlife, and more.


Jainism Symbols





Jain temple in Ranakpur
Adinath Jain Temple in Ranakpur, India. Photo: Mario Lapid.

Jain Practices

Jain Ethics


Read about religious rituals of Jainism,
including worship and meditation.

Read about the values and ethics of Jainism, including views on non-violence.

Glossary of Jainism

Timeline of Jainism


Learn about the key terms and phrases in Jainism.

Get an overview of the history of Jainism.

History of Jainism

Books on Jainism


Discover the origins and development of Jainism.

Selection of books on Jainism available to buy.