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Marvellous Manuscripts at the V&A

Friday, August 12th, 2011

A reminder to everyone, that to celebrate the upcoming Paryushana Festival, the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington, London are having a series of events and activities at the museum on  Sunday, 21st August (more…)

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JAINpedia and the IoJ at Oshwal Centre’s Mela Event on 24th July 2011

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The Oshwal Association of the UK are holding a ‘Mela’ event on 24th July 2011 at their renown Śvetāmbara Temple site in Potters Bar. (more…)

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Spreading JAINpedia news to Hindus

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

The Institute of Jainology was invited to the Hindu Svayamsevak Sangh’s senior citizens’ camp held over the weekend of 3rd to 5th June 2011 at Beaumanor Hall Park in Leicestershire. (more…)

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Join the treasure hunt in London on 10th July

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The JAINpedia team and the  Institute of Jainology are holding a Cultural Treasure Hunt across the city of London on 10th July 2011, with clues released on JAINpedia Twitter and Facebook.
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Mahavir Jayanti celebrations at the British Library

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

JAINpedia are holding Mahavir Jayanti celebrations at the British Library on 15th April 2011. This free event takes place over the whole day and includes:

  • story-telling sessions by highly acclaimed story-teller Seema Anand
  • hourly tours of the JAINpedia display
  • a drop-in craft workshop for children organised by the British Library
  • a beautiful dance recital in the Bharat Natyam dance form, performed by founders of the Prakruti Dance School. (more…)

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Jain treasures displayed at the British Library

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

On 8 October, the British Library launched JAINpedia in a stunning display in the Treasures Gallery running until the end of April 2011.

Consisting of around 40 striking objects from the library’s Jain collection, the display appears in the rotating Sacred Texts permanent exhibition in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery, also known as the Treasures Gallery of the British Library.

Mahāvīra’s incarnation as a god in the Puśpottara heaven
Mahāvīra’s incarnation as a god in the Puśpottara heaven
Kalpa-sūtra © The British Library Board

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Dr Rowan Williams learns about Jainpedia

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The Institute of Jainology was very fortunate to host the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Jain temple in Potters Bar.  The event took place on Friday 7th May and was organised jointly with the Oshwal Association of the UK.

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V&A curator talk on 20 May 2010

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

We are excited to announce that the first Jainpedia exhibition will open on Friday 14th May at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. (more…)

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Good start to 2010: the Bodleian images have arrived!

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Just a quick post to tell everyone that we have received safely the digital images from the Bodleian we ordered.

I was excited to get over 250 beautiful photographs in early January, which are currently being checked to ensure they meet our high standards. (more…)

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Words and paintings

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
I am Nalini Balbir, the content director of Jainpedia, the academic consultant who is in charge of ensuring that what’s on the website is accurate, comprehensive and intellectually credible. I’d like to give you an overview of how I began studying Jainism and talk briefly about why manuscripts are so central to Jainpedia.

As a professor of Indian studies at the Sorbonne, my academic interests include not only Jainism but Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Theravada Buddhism, and Hindi languages and literature of the 20th century. Although I am fully involved with Jainpedia and have worked for some years with the Institute of Jainology and other institutions in the UK on Jain-related projects, my work in Jainism arose only towards the end of my undergraduate career. (more…)

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