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Thus I Have SeenVisualizing Faith in Early Indian Buddhism$
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Andy Rotman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195366150

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366150.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
Thus I Have Seen

Andy Rotman (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the Divyāvadāna, an early and important collection of Indian Buddhist narratives, and the ways that Buddhism is configured within the text as a visual practice. The chapter then attempts to locate the value of this practice within a market-based morality in which merit is the principle commodity. This form of Buddhism has close ties with mercantilism, and acts of faith within this moral economy are investments that follow a contractual logic. The chapter then introduces the specifics of the chapters to follow.

Keywords:   Divyāvadāna, moral economy, market morality, mercantilism, faith, merit

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