Eyal Aviv

Eyal Aviv

Assistant Professor
Faculty: Assistant
Ames Hall 101M
Phone: 202-242-6049
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

East Asian Religions, Buddhism

  Eyal Aviv currently serves as Assistant professor of Religion. 

Current Research

Dr. Aviv is interested in Buddhist philosophy and intellectual history. He is interested in the Abhidharma and the Yogacara schools and the way they converse with contemporary philosophy of mind and time. 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 Buddhist philosophy in the formation of modern Chinese Intellectual History. His next book project studies soteriological dimensions in Buddhist theories of time and compares them to contemporary theories of time.


Selected Publications:

"Turning a Deaf Ear to Dharma? The Theory of *Srutavasana and the Debate About the Nature of the Hearing and Mind in 20th Century China." Critical Review of Buddhist Studies in Chinese (Hanyu Foxue Pinglun) edited by Lin Chen-kuo Gong Jun, Yao Zhihua, 85-112. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2009. (In Chinese)

"Ambitions and Negotiations: The Growing Role of Laity in 20th Century Chinese Buddhism."  Journal of the Oxford Centre of Buddhist Studies.  1(2011): 31-54.

“The Root that Nourishes the Branches: The Yogācārabhūni’s Role in 20th Century Chinese Scholastic Buddhism.” The Yogācārabhūmi and the Yogācāras. edited by Ulrich Timme Kragh, Harvard Oriental Series Opera Minora, general series editor Michael Witzel, Cambridge (MA): Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University, (forthcoming 2012).

Review of David L. McMahan, The Making of Buddhist Modernism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Accessed Jan. 5th 2011

Under Consideration for Publication:

“Religion, Historiography and Cultural Identity in the Debate over Xuyun’s Biography”

Work in Progress:

“Telling Pearls from Fish-Eyes: Ouyang Jingwu's Search for Authentic Buddhism” (a book manuscript, anticipated completion date is summer 2013)

“Oūyáng Jìngwú: From Yogācāra scholasticism to Soteriology” (Will be published in an edited book about Yogācāra in modern China)