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Jainism Line breaks: Jain|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒeɪnɪz(ə)m/

Definition of Jainism in English:


[mass noun]
A non-theistic religion founded in India in the 6th century bc by the Jina Vardhamana Mahavira as a reaction against the teachings of orthodox Brahmanism, and still practised there. The Jain religion teaches salvation by perfection through successive lives, and non-injury to living creatures, and is noted for its ascetics. See also Svetambara and Digambara.
Example sentences
  • Like my religion of Jainism, Buddhism teaches this practice of patient restraint.
  • Jains celebrate the attaining of Moksha (Nirvana, or eternal bliss) by the founder of Jainism, Lord Mahavira.
  • Even today Jainism is practiced in many parts of India especially in the State of Gujarat and parts of Karnataka.



Example sentences
  • Buddhists, Jainists, and Hindus all place a great value on personal austerity and are concerned with the final escape from the cycle of birth and rebirth known as reincarnation.
  • The Jainists believe that all humans have an eternal soul (or ‘Jina’) that is capable of reaching spiritual Enlightenment or ‘Moksha’, by living a spiritual life that is strict and based principally around the virtue of respect for all living forms.
  • Jainists are famous for self denial. One group of monks, the Digambaras, does not wear clothes.

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