Diploma in Jain Philosophy of Karma and Liberation

(This programme will be conducted in online mode.)

Jain philosophy has a rich collection of texts that outline the view on Karma and Liberation. This course introduces students to these materials by reading a text that dwells on this aspect of Jain teachings over two semesters. The text that will be read will be announced at the beginning of the academic year. Any one of the following would be selected each year:

1. Moksha Marg Prakashak

2. Tattvartha Sutra

3. Gommatsar etc.


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Key Information


Minimum HSC or equivalent examination. Knowledge of Sanskrit/Prakrit will be helpful but is not essential.


Teaching-learning occurs in lecture format. Students are encouraged to actively participate in seminars and workshops that are regularly organized. 


Semester I Semester II
Jain Philosophy of Karma and Liberation Jain Philosophy of Karma and Liberation
Unit - 1 Chapter-1 of Ratnakaranda śrāvakācāra  Unit - 1 Chapter-5 of Ratnakaranda śrāvakācāra
Unit - 2 Chapter-2 of Ratnakaranda śrāvakācāra  Unit - 1 Chapter-6 of Ratnakaranda śrāvakācāra 
Unit - 3 Chapter- 3 of Ratnakaranda śrāvakācāra  Unit - 1 Chapter-7 of Ratnakaranda śrāvakācāra
Unit - 4 Chapter- 4 of Ratnakaranda śrāvakācāra Unit - 1 Chapter-8 of Ratnakaranda śrāvakācāra


Opportunity to study original scriptures on various themes with expert faculty

The Centre for Studies in Jainism has consistently designed curriculum in ways that addresses the learning needs of the community who can engage full time, as well as those who pursue their passion part-time, at their own pace. This programme is specifically designed for those who would like to read an original text that explicates principles of Jain philosophy. The text will be contextualised in other texts of the period, both Jain as well as of other traditions. Students will get an insight into the life and works of the author. Most importantly, students will be encouraged to reflect on the relevance of these teachings in our times.

This programme introduces students to the systematic process by which a religious text may be read, including references to commentarial literature and an understanding of its larger social, historical and philosophical context.

The K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies has a library with over 30,000 books, which is an important resource.

In addition to the workshops that are an integral part of this programme, students can attend seminars, workshops and field trips that are offered by the institution across various disciplines. This creates opportunities of learning beyond the classroom and permits interaction with students pursuing different interests: this is a key feature of the learning experience on our campus.

Programme Outcomes

At the end of successful completion of the course the student will have:
  • A firm foundation in the principles of Jainism
  • Gained an insight into Jain philosophy and Literature
  • Have an insight into the life of works of the author of the selected text.

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