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No one Gives Like the Guru: Images of the True Guru in Jainism

No one Gives Like the Guru: Images of the True Guru in Jainism
November 14, 2017 6:00 PM Room 107, GICT Building Lectures Series

John Cort, Professor, Denison University, explored the Digambar literature in Hindi that describes both, the True Guru and the False Guru. In the Digambar case, this was not just a literary theme. In the eighteenth through twentieth centuries, the description of the False Guru was applied to the landed semi-monastic bhattaraks, and the description of the True Guru came to be applied to the revival of the tradition of naked munis.

Professor Cort is an American Indologist and a Professor of Asian and Comparative Religions. He has studied Jainish and the history of Jain Society over four decades and has authored several books on Jainism. He is also one of the editors of the forthcoming Brill Encyclopedia of Jainism.