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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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Seeing and Knowing

Seeing and Knowing

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(p.23) 1 Seeing and Knowing
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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/9780195366150.003.0002

Part I focuses on the practice of śraddhā, the causes and conditions that lead to its arising and the subsequent behavior that its arising entails. This analysis begins, in chapter 1, with an analysis of the Koṭikarṇa-avadāna, focusing on the close connection between śraddhā and seeing. Seeing and śraddhā are intertwined, and the discourse of the latter necessitates an understanding of the role of the former for moral action. Within this matrix, seeing is believing, seers are authorities, seeing is authoritative, and believing is seeing.

Keywords:   Koṭikarṇa-avadāna, śraddhā, seeing, believing

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