Read the universal Jain Prayer found on page 127 of the textbook. What benefits might a person receive from reciting this prayer on a regular basis? Do you believe there is any purpose or benefit to repeating a “standard” prayer?

  How much authority do religious texts have in a community? In your response, consider not only the role of the Tripitaka (Pali Canon) in Buddhist communities but also the religious texts of other faiths. Do you perceive this level of authority as healthy or detrimental to either the religious group or society at large? 

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