Jain practices

March 17, 2015 · updated February 15, 2022

The Jain religion was born in India in the 6th century BCE. Jainism shares similarities with Hinduism and Buddhism, due in large part to the historical and cultural context in which it arose. This religion, however, doesn't have as many followers as Hinduism or Buddhism, nor has it made as many inroads into the Western world. (Also see Jainism fast facts)

Rituals are important to the Jain faith because it is through them that beliefs and values are expressed. While this religion emphasizes non-violence, which could, in part, be understood as inaction, it also stresses asceticism, which is often marked by certain religious behaviors. (Also see Jainism beliefs)

Jain practices


An essential aspect of Jainism is the ascetic lifestyle. Monks and nuns undertake the ascetic life full-time and take the "Five Great Vows": (Also see Jainism ethics)