Joshua Schapiro


Senior Lecturer

General Information

441 East Fordham Road
Duane Library 151
Bronx, NY 10458

  • Prof. Schapiro studied comparative religion as an undergraduate at Columbia University before pursuing a degree in Buddhist Studies at Harvard University, where he earned a PhD in 2012. His scholarship has primarily focused on Tibetan Buddhist ideas about teachers and teaching, as well as on Tibetan forms of advice writing.

    Schapiro teaches a range of courses on Asian Religions at Fordham, including classes on Buddhism, Hinduism, Chinese Religions and Japanese Religions. His classes incorporate semester-long reflections on a variety of themes, including Ethics & Responsibility (Hindu Literature and Ethics), Literary Rhetoric (Classic Buddhist Texts), Aesthetics (Japanese Religions), Becoming (more) Human (Chinese Religions), the Value of Knowledge (Buddhist Meditation), and American Identity (Buddhism in America).

  • BA, Columbia University, Religion, 2000

    MTS, Harvard Divinity School, 2005

    PhD, Harvard University, Study of Religion, 2012

  • Religious Pedagogy. Teachers, Teaching, and Devotion to Teachers; Literature, Rhetoric and Persuasion; Ethics and Ethical Formation; Religious Aesthetics; Imagining Human Possibility (what are humans capable of?)

  • Books

    A Gathering of Brilliant Moons: Practice Advice from the Ecumenical Masters of Tibet, edited by Holly Gayley and Joshua Schapiro. (Wisdom Publications, 2017).

    Edited Journal Issues

    Pedagogy and Performance in Tibetan Buddhism, edited by Michael Sheehy and Joshua Schapiro. Religions. (MDPI, 2017). Available at:

    Revisiting Tibetan Religion and Philosophy: Proceedings of the Second International Seminar of Young Tibetologists in Paris, Vol. 2., edited by Marc-Henri Deroche, Joshua Schapiro, S. Kumagai, K.N.