At Patna, India, towards the end of the 4th century BCE, the Canonization of Jain sacred texts took place. After that there were three more councils were held. The last council was held in the mid-4th century CE, each time the councils alter the canon. This is why different sects within Jainism accept variant canons.
Jain Sacred Texts
- Jainism and Nature – Learn about Jainism and ecology
Jainism is one of the oldest living religions. The term Jain means “follower of the Jinas.”
- Jain Agamas – Wikipedia
Gautamasvami is said to have compiled the most sacred canonical scriptures comprising twelve parts, also referred to as eleven Angas and fourteen Pūrvas, since the twelfth Anga comprises the fourteen Pūrvas.
- Jain literature – Wikipedia
Jain literature comprises Jain Agamas and subsequent commentaries on them by various Jain asectics. Jain literature is primarily divided between Digambara literature and Svetambara literature.
- Jain Texts – Sacred Texts
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- BBC – Religions – Jainism: Jain texts
The texts containing the teachings of Mahavira are called the Agamas, and are the canonical literature – the scriptures – of Svetambara Jainism.
- Jaina canon | religious texts | Britannica.com
Jaina canon, the sacred texts of Jainism, a religion of India, whose authenticity is disputed between sects. The Svetambara canon consists principally of 45 works divided as follows: …
- Chapter 7: The Sacred Literature of the Jains – Religion Online
Perhaps of least interest to general readers, of all the scriptures treated in this volume, are those of the Jain faith, simply because they are so monastic in character.