Eric Greene

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Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
451 College St, Room 309, New Haven, CT 06511
Areas of interest : 
Buddhism in East Asia; Zen Buddhism; Ritual in East Asian Buddhism; Mysticism and Meditation in Buddhism and East Asia; Chinese Buddhist Studies; Chinese Buddhist Texts
China, Transregional, South Asia


EALL 700, RLST 594

The Three Teachings in Medieval China

This course explores intersections between the Three Teachings—Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism—in late medieval China, focusing on the seventh through the ninth century. Too often studied in isolation from one another, these religious and intellectual teachings were deeply intertwined throughout this period, and scholars aiming to understand the religious, intellectual, and literary history of the Tang need to be able to read broadly across their boundaries. 

Term: Fall 2018
Day/Time: T 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM
HIST 888, RLST 592

Society and Religion on the Silk Road

An introduction to artifacts and documents pertaining to social history and religion from the most important sites on the Northern and Southern Silk Roads in China, including Niya, Kizil, Turfan, and Dunhuang. Assigned readings are in English. Readers of Chinese also participate in a separate section reading documents in classical Chinese from Turfan and Dunhuang.

Term: Spring 2019
Day/Time: W 1:30 - 5:20
RLST 125, EAST 125, SAST 267

Introduction to Buddhist Thought and Practice

Significant aspects of Buddhism as practiced mainly in India and South Asia, including philosophy and ethics, monastic and ascetic life, meditation and ritual practices, and the material culture of Buddhist societies. The Mahayana tradition that emerged in the first century B.C.E.; later forms of esoteric Buddhism known as tantra; the development of modern Buddhism in Asia and its manifestation in the West. Readings from Buddhist texts in translation.

Term: Fall 2018
Day/Time: T,Th 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
RLST 135, EAST 335

Zen Buddhism

Survey of the history and teachings of Zen Buddhism in China and Japan. Emphasis on reading and interpretation of primary Zen texts in their historical and religious context, along with investigation of modern interpretations and appropriations of Zen in the West.

Term: Spring 2019
Day/Time: F 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM