Theories of the Gift in South Asia: Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Reflections on Dāna

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Religion - 194 pages
In South Asia, the period between 1100 and 1300 CE was a particularly prolific time for theorists from India's three main indigenous religions to articulate their views on the face-to-face gift encounter. This study explores the ethical and social implications of unilateral gifts of esteem.
 

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Contents

SOURCES
1
THE DONOR
33
THE RECIPIENT
57
THE RITUAL
83
THE GIFT
111
CONCLUSION
141
NOTES
149
BIBLIOGRAPHY
167
INDEX
185
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Page 167 - Thought is not what inhabits a certain conduct and gives it its meaning; rather, it is what allows one to step back from this way of acting or reacting, to present it to oneself as an object of thought and question it as to its meaning, its conditions, and its goals. Thought is freedom in relation to what one does, the motion by which one detaches oneself from it, establishes it as an object, and reflects on it as a problem.

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Maria Heim is Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies at Amherst College and has also taught at California State University, Long Beach. She holds a Ph. D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Reed College.

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