Ronald Green - Coastal Carolina University
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Ronald Green

Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies

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Ronald S. Green is a specialist in the history and philosophy of Japanese Buddhism. His research interests and writings include Gomyo and early Japanese Yogacara (Hosso-shu), Kuiji's attempt to reconcile Buddha Nature with Gotra theory, Kūkai's Ten Abodes of Mind, Gyoki Bodhisattva of Japan, Buddhism in film, and Buddhism in contemporary Japanese Literature. He is currently editor of a special section on “Buddhist Environmental Philosophy and Activism” in the ASIANetwork Exchange.

Dr. Green has recently published a translation and reevaluation of Gyonen’s Transmission of the Buddha Dharma in Three Countries along with Venerable Seongwon, Dr. Chanju Mun (

He also published Buddhism Goes to the Movies (

He has completed translations of two novels, Mountain of Light (Hikari no yama) and Flowers in Limbo (Chuin no hana), by the Akutagawa Award-winning Buddhist monk Genyu Sokyu and translated the play Hell Valley Onsen, Ignorance Inn (Jigoku tani onsen mumyo no yado) by Tanino Kurō. He translated the first half of Yoko Ogawa's novel Twinkle of Amber (Kohaku no matataki) and is seeking a publisher.

Dr. Green has completed the 1,200-kilometer (750-mile) Shikoku Pilgrimage on foot and has returned numerous times to study sections of it. He translated Santoka's Shikoku, the Shikoku dairies and poems of the Buddhist monk Taneda Santoka.

Currently, he is translating Theories of Buddhist Meditation (Bukkyo meiso ron) by University of Tokyo professor of Buddhist Studies, Minowa Kenryo.


Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. He also holds a M.A. in South Asian Religions from the UW-Madison, a M.A. in Japanese Literature from the University of Oregon, and a M.S. in Sociology from Virginia Tech.

Interesting Facts

In 2018, Dr. Green was a research associate at University of Tokyo, where he studied early Japanese Hosso-shu and translated Professor Minowa's book on theories of Buddhist meditation.

Teaching Areas

Buddhism, Asian Religions, Reading Buddhist Texts, Buddhist Meditation Traditions, Buddhism in Literature and Film, Representations of Religion and Identity in Japanese Popular Culture.

Research Areas

Nara and Heian Buddhism, Theories and Practices of Buddhist Meditation, Classical Chinese and Kanbun, Buddhism in Film, Buddhism in Contemporary Japanese Literature