- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: O Books (9 Nov. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905047215
- ISBN-13: 978-1905047215
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.2 x 21.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Jain Path: Ancient Wisdom for the West Paperback – 9 Nov 2006
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"If you have ever wondered precisely what a 'Jain' is, this is the book for you! If you are interested in developing a peace loving and compassionate nature with a reverence for nature and a moderate and ecological approach to life, this is also the book for you! In just 240 pages, Aidan Rankin explores the beauty of the Jain Path and provides a good glossary into the bargain. This is a well written, immensely informative book." Elizabeth Medler, New Vision "A very fine introduction to the Jain faith, and a reminder of the value of the wisdom traditions in our time. Pertinent, important, points to a truly sustainable future." Network Review "A masterpiece." Dr Atul K Shah, Chief Executive Diverse Ethics Ltd
About the Author
Aidan Rankin is the news editor of Jain Spirit, the international journal of the Jain community. He also works as the political and cultural editor of the European Business Review.
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Aidan Rankin's timely book also shows how the doctrine of 'Many-Sidedness' - unique to Jainism - provides a framework for living in a pluralist society. He calls this principle 'Non-Violence of the Mind' and argues that it has the potential to free us (individually and collectively) from dogma and fanaticism. The author mentions that Jain thought profoundly influenced Mahatma Gandhi, whose message of non-violence and co-operation is as relevant to the western world today as it was (and still is) to the Indian subcontinent.
Written in an informative and interesting style, it introduces the reader to the beliefs of
Jainism and points to their relevance in this modern and complex World.
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this was a rambling repetitive book with little insight. really difficult to read, i gave up a third of the way through.Published 8 months ago by Laura B
If you want a sensible and sensitive introduction to Jainism you couldn't do better than this. It's detailed, accurate and easy to read.Published on 18 Jan. 2014 by quark
Well written. Clear explanations. Makes the subject interesting. Found things I had not in other books on Jainism. Highly recommended.Published on 15 April 2013 by Anup N. Dalal
An outstanding book which uncovers the mysteries of one of the world's oldest and probably most profound spiritual traditions - Jainism. Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2013 by Barbara