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Food of Sinful Demons : Meat, Vegetarianism, and the Limits of Buddhism in Tibet.

Author: Geoffrey Barstow
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2017.
Series: Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.
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Tibetan Buddhism teaches compassion toward all beings, a category that explicitly includes animals. Slaughtering animals is morally problematic at best and, at worst, completely incompatible with a religious lifestyle. Yet historically most Tibetans—both monastic and lay—have made meat a regular part of their diet. In this study of the place of vegetarianism within Tibetan religiosity, Geoffrey Barstow explores the  Read more...
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Barstow, Geoffrey.
Food of Sinful Demons : Meat, Vegetarianism, and the Limits of Buddhism in Tibet.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Barstow
ISBN: 9780231542302 0231542305
OCLC Number: 1023531849
Description: 1 online resource (311 pages).
Contents: Intro; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Note on Transliteration and Translation; Map of Tibet; Introduction; 1. A Brief History of Vegetarianism in Tibet; 2. Meat in the Monastery; 3. The Importance of Compassion; 4. Tantric Perspectives; 5. A Necessary Evil; 6. A Positive Good; 7. Seeking a Middle Way; Epilogue: Con temporary Tibet; Tibetan Names and Terms; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.
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Geoffrey Barstow explores the tension between Buddhist ethics and Tibetan cultural norms to offer a novel perspective on the spiritual and social dimensions of meat eating within Tibetan religiosity.  Read more...

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A creative and nuanced exploration of Tibetan religiosity that has heretofore remained largely in the dark. An important and exciting book. -- Andrew Quintman, Yale University A very welcome and Read more...

 
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