The Faults of Meat collects fourteen Tibetan language texts on vegetarianism and offers them together in English translation. I include canonical texts such as the Laṅkāvatāra and Mahāparinirvāna Sūtras, as well as Tibetan compositions by Ngorchen Künga Zangpo, Khedrup Jé, Gorampa, Karma Chakmé, Shabkar, Nyala Pema Dündül, Shardza Tashi Gyeltsen, and others.
Food of Sinful Demons is my monograph on the question of vegetarianism in Tibet. In it, I explore the arguments for vegetarianism in Tibetan Buddhism, as well as some of the cultural factors militating against such a diet. In the end, I argue that the question of meat eating existed at the center of a three way tension in Tibet, with largely pro-vegetarian Buddhist voices tempered both by a sense that meat was necessary for human health and also by Tibetan cultural norms that valorized meat eating.
Monastic Meat: The Question of Meat Eating and Vegetarianism in Tibetan Buddhist Monastic Guidelines (bca’ yig) (2019)
Études mongoles & sibériennes, centrasiatiques & tibétaines, vol 50.
Religions, vol 10(4).
Journal of Buddhist Ethics, vol 20: 73-104.
A Case for Vegetarianism (In Press)
Voices from Larung Gar, Eds. Holly Gayley and Jann Ronis. Boston: Wisdom.
Vegetarianism and Animal Compassion in Tibetan Buddhism (In Press)
Vegetarians’ Dilemma: Rethinking Food Choice Throughout Time, Ed. Adam Shprintzen. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press.
Skillful Memories: Recalling the Traumatic Past in the Life of Tangla Tsewang (In Press)
Post-Mao Retellings of Early Tibetan Encounters with the Chinese Communist Party, Eds. Benno Weiner and Robbie Barnett. Leiden: Brill.
A Gathering of Brilliant Moons: Practice Advice from the Rime Masters of Tibet, Eds. Holly Gayley and Josh Shapeiro. Boston: Wisdom.
Tricycle, Fall 2018.