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 Asian religions with a focus 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, Yogacara and Shingon in comparative philosophy. He also studies how Buddhism and hagiography are presented along the Shikoku pilgrimage and in popular culture media including film, manga, and contemporary Japanese fiction. He is currently editor of a special section on “Buddhist Pilgrimage” in the ASIANetwork Exchange.

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

He also published Buddhism Goes to the Movies (

He 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.

He has also translated 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

Dr. Green has completed the 1,200-kilometer (750-mile) Shikoku Pilgrimage in Japan 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 Santōka (1882 – 1940). Along with Dr. Susan Bergeron in Geography at CCU, he received a 2019-2020 Student-Faculty Fellows Program grant to take six students to study the Shikoku Pilgrimage and present on it.

Teaching Areas

Buddhism, Shinto, 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, Yogacara and Buddhist Philosophy, Kukai and Shingon, Classical Chinese and Kanbun, Buddhism in Film, Buddhism in Contemporary Japanese Literature