Geoff Barstow first encountered Tibetan Buddhism in 1999, while on a study abroad trip in college. Since that time, the study of Tibetan religion, history, and culture has been the focus of his professional life. He has spent more than six years conducting research in Nepal, China, and Tibet. At present, that research focusses on the history of vegetarianism on the Tibetan plateau, asking questions about how animals were viewed, how they were treated (ie: eaten), and what that can tell us about Tibetan Buddhism more broadly. As a teacher, his courses emphasize various aspects of Buddhist religious thought, but also seek to explore how those ideas have been lived and experienced by actual Buddhists.
Forthcoming. Food of Sinful Demons: Meat, Vegetarianism, and the Limits of Buddhism in Tibet. New York: Columbia University Press.
2016. Editor & Compiler. bod gyi dkar zas ring lugs [Vegetarianism in Tibet]. Chengdu: Serta Larung Press. (A compilation of rare Tibetan language texts on vegetarianism.)
Articles and Book Chapters
In Press. “Skillful Memories: Recalling the Traumatic Past in the Life of Tangla Tsewang.” Post-Mao Retellings of Early Tibetan Encounters with the Chinese Communist Party. Eds. Benno Weiner and Robbie Barnett. Leiden: Brill.
In Press. “A Necessary Evil: Shardza Tashi Gyeltsen's Advice on Eating Meat.” Buddhist Luminaries: Inspired Advice by Nineteenth-Century Ecumenical Masters in Eastern Tibet. Eds. Holly Gayley and Josh Shapeiro. Boston: Wisdom.
2013. “Between Abstinence and Indulgence: Vegetarianism in the Life and Works of Jigmé Lingpa.” Journal of Buddhist Ethics 20: 73-104.
2013. “Avalokiteśvara’s Mission.” Sources of Tibetan Tradition. Eds. Kurtis Schaeffer, Gray Tuttle and Matthew Kapstein. New York: Columbia University Press, 302-303.
2011. Review of Buddhism Beyond the Monastery: Tantric Practices and their Performers in Tibet and the Himalayas, ed. by Sarah Jacoby and Antonio Terrone. Journal of Buddhist Ethics 18: 403-409.
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