Acharya Tulsi (Oct. 20, 1914 – June 23, 1997) served for 59 years as supreme teacher of the Jain Svetambar Terapanth Order. He guided his Order into the modern world, instituting the Anuvrat Movement dedicated to social uplift based on Jain tradition, innovated the practice of Preksha Meditation, and expanded women’s role as spiritual teachers, ordaining the saman and samani semi-renunciate orders.
The Jain Studies Program at Florida International University is convening an international seminar, “Acharya Tulsi and the Making of Modern Jainism,” November 1-3, 2014, in the Graham Center Ballrooms of FIU in Miami.
Keynote speakers will be Professor Peter Flugel of SOAS-London and Nirmal Baid of Jain Education and Research Foundation. Other invited speakers who are confirmed at this point are Hampa Nagarajiah, Manju Nahatha, Shivani Bothra, Steven Vose, Manuel Gomes, and Christopher Chapple.
Nathan Katz, Bhagawan Mahavir Professor of Jain Studies, and Steven Vose, Assistant Professor of Jain Studies, both of FIU, are organizing the conference.
The Jain Education and Research Foundation is generously supporting this endeavor.