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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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Participation and Exclusion

Participation and Exclusion

(p.89) 4 Participation and Exclusion
Thus I Have Seen

Andy Rotman (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 considers prasāda as praxis, and how beggars, gods, kings and monks engage with it, try to engage with it, or ignore it. A close reading of the four parts of the Nagarāvalambikā-avadāna, is offered in an attempt to explain who it is that can and cannot make offerings within the prasāda paradigm and why that is the case. The issue of the agency of prasāda is then discusses as well as its significance for Buddhist ethics. An individual’s karma is represented as a closed system in the Divyāvadāna, and only an outside agent can generate a karmic intrusion that will allow one to escape from one’s karmic destiny and the inevitable suffering of saṃsāra. Prasāda is just such a force, and it allows one to escape one’s fate and embark on the Buddhist path toward liberation.

Keywords:   prasāda, beggars, gods, kings, monks

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