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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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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) Introduction
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Thus I Have Seen
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Andy Rotman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366150.003.0001

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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