Jainism FAQs

What do Jains think of other religions?

Jains believe that other religions can help people to make spiritual progress. They are therefore known for a certain tolerance of other religions.

However, they hold that only following the teachings of the Jinas can reveal the path of spiritual liberation.

Being a Jain

How many Jains are there? Where do they live?

Estimates of the number of Jains in the world range from 5 to 10 million. The vast majority of Jains live in India. They are scattered all over the country, though Digambaras are found chiefly in central and southern India while Śvetāmbaras are concentrated in western India.

Over 100,000 Jains live outside India, with especially large communities in North America, the UK and east Africa. There are around 30,000 Jains in the UK.

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