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Taken from Living Religions, Fisher

Tirthankaras

The great enlightened teachers in Jainism, of whom Mahariva was the last in the present cosmic cycle

Digambara

A highly ascetic order of Jain monks who wear no clothes

Svetambara

Jain order of monks who are less ascetic than the Digambara

jiva

the soul

samsara

The continual round of birth, death, and rebirth

ahimsa

Non-violence, a central Jain principle

anekantwad

The Jain principle of relativity or open-mindedness

aparigraha

Non-acquisitiveness, a major Jain principle

muni

Jain monk

saman

Jain semi-monk

samani

Jain semi-nun

anuvrats

small vows

kevala

In Jainism, the highest state of perfection (liberation)

gunasthana

the fourteen stages of ascent of the soul

kshatriya

clan which Mahavira came from (like Buddha)

Jina

one who has brought forth the highest in his or her being

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