Geoffrey Barstow
OccupationBuddhist scholar

Geoffrey Francis Barstow is an American religious historian and Buddhist scholar whose research focuses on Tibetan Buddhist ideas about animal ethics and vegetarianism.[1]


Barstow was educated in Buddhist studies at Hampshire College and Kathmandu University where he obtained his B.A.[2] He obtained his PhD in religious studies from University of Virginia in 2013.[2] Barstow is assistant professor of religious studies at Oregon State University.[1] He is a student of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche.[3]

In 2017, Barstow authored Food of Sinful Demons: Meat, Vegetarianism and the Limits of Buddhism in Tibet, which has been positively reviewed.[4][5][6][7] It is the first academic book to significantly explore vegetarianism in Tibet in its cultural and religious context.[4] James Stewart in the Journal of Buddhist Ethics described it as "a comprehensive study of Tibetan vegetarianism within the context of the pre-communist era. It is a pleasurable read, thoughtfully written, and deploys well supported arguments that draw upon a wealth of Buddhist literature."[5]

In 2019, Barstow was the editor of The Faults of Meat: Tibetan Buddhist Writings on Vegetarianism.[8] Barstow has given online courses on Buddhism and animal welfare.[9]

Selected publications


  1. ^ a b "Geoffrey Barstow". Retrieved 7 April 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved 7 April 2023.
  3. ^ "Dr. Geoffrey Barstow". Retrieved 7 April 2023.
  4. ^ a b Bell, Christopher (2019). "Food of Sinful Demons: Meat, Vegetarianism, and the Limits of Buddhism in Tibet". Journal of Asian Studies. 78 (2): 422–424. doi:10.1017/S0021911819000202.
  5. ^ a b Stewart, James (2019). "Food of Sinful Demons: Meat, Vegetarianism, and the Limits of Buddhism in Tibet" (PDF). Journal of Buddhist Ethics. 26: 103–108.
  6. ^ "Food of Sinful Demons". Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Retrieved 7 April 2023.
  7. ^ "Tibet’s Vegetarian Debate". Retrieved 7 April 2023.
  8. ^ "The Longstanding Debate over Vegetarianism in Tibet". Retrieved 7 April 2023.
  9. ^ "Online Course on Buddhism and Animal Welfare". Retrieved 7 April 2023.
  10. ^ "Food of Sinful Demons". Retrieved 7 April 2023.
  11. ^ "The Faults of Meat". Retrieved 7 April 2023.