Embodying the Dharma: Buddhist Relic Veneration in Asia

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $19.60
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 34%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $19.60   
  • New (5) from $30.79   
  • Used (2) from $19.60   


Examines the practice of relic veneration in a variety of forms of Buddhism.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The originality of every contribution is remarkable.— Journal of the American Oriental Society

"...[this book] is a testament to the growing interest in the material and ritual dimensions of Buddhism."— Buddhadharma

"The chapters accomplish a reenvisioning of Buddhism in society, past and present. With excellent scholars known for their command of their sources, and many controversies and unsolved questions in Buddhist studies being touched upon, the exemplary value of this book is proven."— Todd T. Lewis, author of Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal: Narratives and Rituals of Newar Buddhism

"Perhaps fearing that conceptions of Buddhism would be tainted by superstition, Western scholars have tended to overlook relics and the practices surrounding them. Embodying the Dharma brings together essays by scholars who take holy remnants seriously. The reader will emerge with a good sense of the complexity-and importance-of relic worship in the Buddhist world."— Roger R. Jackson, coeditor of Tibetan Literature: Studies in Genre
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791462188
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 201
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David Germano is Associate Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the coeditor (with Helmut Eimer) of The Many Canons of Tibetan Buddhism and the founder and director of the Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library.

Kevin Trainor is Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Vermont and the author of Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism: Rematerializing the Sri Lankan Theravaµda Tradition.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Beyond Superstition
Kevin Trainor

2. Buddhist Relics in Comparative Perspective: Beyond the Parallels
John S. Strong

3. Living Relics of the Buddha(s) in Tibet
David Germano

4. Buddhist Relics and Japanese Regalia
Bernard Faure

5. The Field of the Buddha's Presence
Jacob N. Kinnard

6. Signs of the Buddha in Northern Thai Chronicles
Donald K. Swearer

7. On the Allure of Buddhist Relics
Robert H. Sharf



Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)