Learning peace: An overview of peace education for peace building from the perspective of Jainism
Author(s): Dr. Abilupta Padmanathan Gohain
Abstract: In the 21st century, despite tremendous development of science and technology, we are living in an age of unprecedented levels of violence, conflict, war and crime due to intolerance, dispute, fanaticism and discordance. Thus in modern times, peace education has become a significant process for promoting and building peace by developing tolerance, mutual understanding, socio-economic justice, human rights and civic responsibility. Our Indian culture and tradition also insist on peaceful coexistence of all the people by promoting unity in diversity, tolerance, love, honesty and respect for all forms of life. Peace has been always the guiding principle in Indian culture and tradition. Jainism is also such a philosophy which believes in the inculcation and actual practice of peace in every one’s life. The tenets of Jainism describe control of passion, ahiàsä or nonviolence, austerity of living and good moral conduct very deeply and also its practical applicability in every human life for peaceful coexistence in the society.