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Eyal Aviv

Assistant Professor of Honors and Religious Studies & International Affairs

Office: 2106 G St. NW
Phone: 202-944-3967

Eyal Aviv is originally from Israel. He came to GWU in 2008 after the completion of his Ph.D. in Buddhism and Chinese Religions at Harvard. At Harvard he also served as a house tutor where he lived happily with other 400 undergraduates. Before his graduate program, he lived in China for more than a year and studied in Sichuan and Beijing. Beyond classes, he traveled across China, visited Buddhist monasteries and met with some of the most famous monks and Buddhist leaders in China. At GW he teaches courses on Buddhism and East Asian Religions.


Dr. Aviv is research area is 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 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.

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." In 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." Oxford Journal of Buddhist Studies (forthcoming in October 2011)

"The Root that Nourishes the Branches: The Yogacarabhuni's Role in 20th Century Chinese Scholastic Buddhism." In The Yogacarabhumi and the Yogacaras." 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 Publications:

"Religion, Historiography and Cultural Identity in the Debate over Xuyun's Biography."

Work in Progress

"Ouyang Jingwu and the Revival of Scholastic Buddhism" (a book manuscript, anticipated completion date is summer 2013)

"Ouyang Jingwu: From Yogacara scholasticism to Soteriology" (Will be published in an edited book about Yogacara in modern China)


PhD. 2008, Harvard University
M.A. 2001, Hebrew University
B.A. 1997, Hebrew University