The Economics of Salvation: Toward a Theory of Exchange in Chinese Buddhism

@article{Walsh2007TheEO,
  title={The Economics of Salvation: Toward a Theory of Exchange in Chinese Buddhism},
  author={M. Walsh},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Religion},
  year={2007},
  volume={75},
  pages={353 - 382}
}
  • M. Walsh
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • Journal of the American Academy of Religion
  • This essay theorizes the material implications of Chinese Buddhist merit as a transaction exchange mechanism. Over the last two and a half millennia, merit has necessitated an institutionalized paradigm: from the position of both the donor and recipient, you must expend that which you have (land, harvest, money, labor, and time) in order to gain that which you feel you need (a more lucrative lifestyle, a more desirable existence, social recognition, and salvation after death). To gain one must… CONTINUE READING
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