Dr. Aviv is interested in Buddhist philosophy and intellectual history. He studies topics of intersections between early Buddhist Philosophy, especially of the Abhidharma and the Yogacara traditions, and contemporary philosophy. His interest includes topics such as philosophy of mind, cognitive science, ethics and contemplative practices. His intellectual history research focuses on religion in the modern period, especially the Buddhist renaissance in modern China. In addition, he is also interested in the way the Yogacara school was received and developed in pre-modern China. His current book project explores the role of Indian Buddhist philosophy in the formation of modern Chinese Buddhist thought.
(With Nick Grabovac) “Skill Development in Buddhist Practice,” in Conversations in Buddhist Philosophy. Edited by Joy Brennen and Connie Kassor. Forthcoming.
“Chinese Buddhist Philosophy in the Twentieth Century” in Chinese Philosophy and its Thinkers: From Ancient Times to the Present Day. Edited by Dawid Rogacz & Selusi Ambrogio. Bloomsbury, forthcoming.
(With Sonam Kachru and Bryce Huebner) “The Magic of Consciousness: Sculpting an Alternative Illusionism,” in Consciousness, Nature, and Ultimate Reality: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Edited by Susanne Beiweis and Itay Shani.Bloomsbury, forthcoming.
Review of Gareth Fischer, From Comrades to Bodhisattvas: Moral Dimensions of Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China. From Comrades to Bodhisattvas: Moral Dimensions of Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press. In Review on Religion and Chinese Society 3 (2016): 129-132.
"Turning a Deaf Ear to Dharma? The Theory of *Śrutavāsanā (聞熏) and the Debate About the Nature of the Hearing and Mind in 20th Century China." In Critical Review of Buddhist Studies in Chinese (Hanyu Foxue Pinglun) edited by Lin Chen-kuo, Gong Jun, and Yao Zhihua, 85-112. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2009. (In Chinese)