Posts Tagged ‘Jainpedia’

IoJ Project, JAINpedia in the News!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

The Sunday, Times of India published an article about JAINpedia on 12th October 2014. This is not the first the Times of India group has written about JAINpedia and the work of the Institute, and we are grateful for their exposure. We hope this encourages other publications to write about this valuable website.

The article talks about the collections of Jain manuscripts held in UK institutions, how some of them were obtained and their importance and relevance to the Jain community now. The value of JAINpedia lies in the fact that these manuscripts can be viewed in high resolution, almost as if they were in front of you, from anywhere in the world, and without risk of damaging any fragile ones. In addition the contextual information and the sister Learn Jainism site, complement and increase the utilization of the site. (more…)

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£1000 raised! Pledge to help us raise 10K in the next 22 days!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Jainpedia.org has been a huge success thanks to contributions from the Jain community worldwide, and from other charitable organisations.

The bulk of the project has been completed, with over 90 manuscripts from major UK institutions (the British Library, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Asiatic Society) digitized.

The manuscripts have been contextualized with articles from renowned scholars worldwide, with images, glossaries and other links.

The project has brought awareness of the Jain faith and cultural heritage, and makes history and heritage accessible and relevant to everyone. It brings Jain heritage to the 21st Century.

Of the 250 articles that bring context to the manuscripts and create an ‘encyclopedia’ of the Jain faith, 144 are complete and online. We are raising funds through a crowd-sourcing site, in order to complete the site with further essential articles such as Vegetarianism, Environmentalism, Jains and Buddhism etc and many more.

We need your help in making this crowd-sourced funding successful. Pledge to the campaign in return for some exciting rewards, and more importantly share the campaign with your friends and family!

You can pledge here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ioj/jainpedia

 

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Royal Asiatic Society joins JAINpedia

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The Institute of Jainology and JAINpedia team are glad to announce its partnership with The Royal Asiatic Society (RAS).

The society  was the first British organization dedicated to the study of Asia, and played a key role in encouraging an exchange and transfer of cultural understanding. It is only appropriate that we add to the JAINpedia website with some of the collection from the RAS too.

The RAS in partnership with the Jiv Daya Foundation will be conserving and digitizing 3 Jain artefacts to put on the JAINpedia website, a meditation diagram on cloth dating, from the mid-15th century, a Jain map of the universe on cloth (c.1816) and a paper manuscript dated 1404 of the story of Kalaka and part of the Kalpasutra. These 3 artefacts, will also be described and contextualized in the same manner as the current digitized artefacts on JAINpedia, making them more accessible to a wider audience.

The meditation diagram known as a suri-mantra-pata is believed by Professor Nalini Balbir, to be the only one of its type in a European collection; full details of the artefacts, can be found on the RAS blog. The artefacts, are expected to be digitized and uploaded to JAINpedia by the end of June 2013, and we will keep you updated of the progress.

A Yantra of the Suri-Mantra-Pata
 RAS

 

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The Final Event – Dazzling Diwali – a Huge Success

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Once again, JAINpedia celebrated Diwali at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London this year. The day began with an entrance by 80 people from Leicester, organised by Kalpit Doshi from the Jain Centre, Leicester. Over 2000 people were recorded to have attended the event, which had a fun-filled programme throughout the day.

Activities included a giant snakes and ladders game, with accompanying song and dance, and some enjoyable ‘shake, shake shake’ moves. Little members of the audience were the playing pieces and rolled the giant die to achieve the position of ‘moksha’ or ‘liberation’ on the giant board.

Children playing Snakes and Ladders at the V&A Museum

Children playing Snakes and Ladders at the V&A Museum
© Bansri Mehta

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New Painting of Shatrunjunya Hill at the V&A – Talk takes place on Karttika-Purnima

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The V&A has recently acquired a large and splendid painting of Shatrunjaya Hill in Gujarat, one of the holiest Jain sites. Thousands of pilgrims climb up to the temples on top by a path with over 3,000 steps. Detailed paintings like this of the sacred site enable worshippers unable to be there to envisage and contemplate it.

Come and see the painting on karttika-purnima, the special day when these paintings are traditionally venerated, and learn about it. (more…)

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Rangoli Competition for Diwali at the V&A

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

JAINpedia will be celebrating Diwali at the Victoria & Albert Museum again this year. The family day, will include Rangoli making, however to portray your creativity, why not take part in our Rangoli competition! Create your own design, submit a photo of it to info@jainpedia.org by 19th September 2012 and the V&A will recreate your design at the museum on 25th November 2012, during the JAINpedia Diwali celebrations.

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The Winning Mindset – JAINpedia Travelling Exhibition and Website Demo at the 2012 Young Jains UK Convention

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The weekend of 20th July 2012 was the start of the JAINpedia Travelling Exhibition. A weekend of gaining knowledge was complemented by the presence of JAINpedia.

The Travelling Exhibition, viewed and evaluated by attendees throughout the weekend was appreciated and enjoyed. JAINpedia Project Director, Dr. Mehool Sanghrajka’s presentation and portrayal of the link between the Universe and the principle of controlling one’s desires and spiritual reflection was well received by the audience.

A few minutes were spent in a demonstration of the JAINpedia website, introducing some of the attendees to the beautiful and expansive website, however many had already used it to gain further knowledge in several topics.

We look forward to the rest of the journey of the JAINpedia Travelling Exhibition. Look out for further news on future exhibition dates and venues.

 

 

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Fascinating and fragile: a contemporary approach to making manuscripts accessible

Monday, January 16th, 2012

One of the major parts of the JAINpedia project has been to make it easier for people all around the world to access the huge treasure trove of Jain Manuscripts (more…)

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Ahimsa Day to be Celebrated on 12th October 2011

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Yet another year of Ahimsa Day at the House of Commons and we look forward to the announcement of the winner of the Ahimsa Award this year.
Last year’s winner, Nalini Balbir a renown Indologist and scholar (more…)

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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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