Chapter

Introduction

Andy Rotman

in Thus I Have Seen

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780195366150
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199867882 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366150.003.0001
Introduction

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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

Chapter.  8112 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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