Eyal Aviv

Eyal Aviv
Assistant Professor
Ames Hall, room 101M
2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20016
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Aviv is interested in Asian thought, especially Buddhist philosophy and intellectual history. He studies the intersections between early Buddhist Philosophy, especially of the Abhidharma and the Yogācāra traditions, and contemporary philosophy. His interest includes topics such as philosophy of mind, cognitive science, ethics, and contemplative practices. He also studies the way the Yogācāra school was received and developed in China.




Ph.D. Harvard University, 2008

M.A. Hebrew University, 2001

B.A. Hebrew University, 1997


Telling Pearls from Fish-Eyes: Ouyang Jingwu and the Revival of Scholastic Buddhism. Leiden: Brill Press, (Forthcoming 2020).

Vasubandhu and Dharmakīrti on Rebirth and No-Self. Journal of Buddhist Philosophy, (forthcoming).

“Ouyang Jingwu.” In Brill's Encyclopedia of Buddhism. Leiden: Brill Press, (2020).

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.

“A Well-Reasoned Dharma: Buddhist Logic in Republican China.” Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies. 28 (2015): 189-234.

“Ōuyáng Jìngwú: From Yogācāra scholasticism to Soteriology” in Transforming Consciousness: The Intellectual Reception of Yogācāra Thought in Modern China, edited by John Makeham, 420-470. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.   

“The Root that Nourishes the Branches: The Yogācārabhūni’s Role in 20th Century Chinese Scholastic Buddhism.” In The Foundation for Yoga Practitioners: The Buddhist Yogācārabhūmi Treatise and Its Adaptation in India, East Asia, and Tibet, edited by Ulrich Timme Kragh, Cambridge: Harvard Oriental Series vol. 75, series editor Michael Witzel, published by The Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, distributed by Harvard University Press, 2013.





Classes Taught

Buddhist Philosophy

Buddhist Ethics

Buddhist Meditation