Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online

Get access

(3,803 words)

It is one of the ironies in the history of Jain philosophy that there is no general consensus about the date of Kundakunda, whose authoritative status and far-reaching influence as a traditional thinker are undisputed, particularly in the Digambara tradition. It generally seemed certain in 1935 that he could be dated “at the beginning of the Christian era” and “the 3rd century A.D. as the later limit of Kundakunda’s age,” when A.N. Upadhye1 concluded this on the basis of a detailed ana…

Cite this page
Soni, Jayandra, “Kundakunda”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online, Denison University University of Edinburgh University of Bergen University of California, Berkeley John E. Cort, Paul Dundas, Knut A. Jacobsen, Kristi L. Wiley. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2020

▲   Back to top   ▲