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Thus I Have Seen: Visualizing Faith in Early Indian Buddhism

Andy Rotman

Abstract

This book examines the ways that seeing is an integral part of Indian Buddhism, and how the practices of seeing described in Indian Buddhist narratives function as a kind of skeleton key for opening up Buddhist conceptualizations about the world and how it should be navigated. Much of what constitutes religious practice in these narratives is not reading, praying, or meditating, but visually engaging with certain kinds of objects. In trying to make sense of this connection between the religious and the visual, the book first focuses on the practices of śraddhā and prasāda—terms often, though p ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, avadāna, prasāda, śraddhā, darśana, faith, Divyāvadāna, visual economy, moral economy, ethics, seeing, giving

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195366150
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366150.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andy Rotman, author
Assistant Professor, Smith College, Northampton, MA
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