CCU classes

Ronald S. Green

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29526 USA

office: AOC2 332

office hours: T-Th 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.-12:05 p.m. (US eastern)

rgreen@coastal.edu

(843) 349-2782


CCU Buddhism and Asian Religions classes

World Religions

RELG 103
Satisfies a Core Curriculum requirement

Asian Religions

RELG 104
Satisfies a Core Curriculum requirement

Buddhism

RELG 320
Intro to the history, theory, practice, and art

Hinduism

RELG 324





Buddhism Goes to the Movies
Introduction to Buddhist Thought and Practice
By Ronald Green

published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 978-0-415-84148-1

Buddhism Goes to the Movies: Introduction to Buddhist Thought and Practice explains the basics of Buddhist philosophy and practice through a number of dramatic films from around the world. This book introduces readers in a dynamic way to the major traditions of Buddhism: the Theravāda, and various interrelated Mahāyāna divisions including Zen, Pure Land and Tantric Buddhism. Students can use Ronald Green’s book to gain insights into classic Buddhist themes, including Buddhist awakening, the importance of the theory of dependent origination, the notion of no-self, and Buddhist ideas about life, death and why we are here. Contemporary developments are also explored, including the Socially Engaged Buddhism demonstrated by such figures as the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Aung San Suu Kyi, and other Buddhist activists. Finally, comparisons between filmic expressions of Buddhism and more traditional artistic expressions of Buddhism—such as mandala drawings—are also drawn.


Gyōki Bodhisattva (668–749) and Early Japanese Yogācāra

An in-progress biography of the life and legacy of the Bodhisattva Gyōki in light of early Japanese Yogācāra.


Kōbō Daishi Kūkai (774–835) Founder of Japanese Shingon Esoteric Buddhism

An in-progress biography of the life and legacy of Kūkai with a focus on his earlist biographies, subsuquent additions, and hagiographical representations of him as Japan's Buddha.


Kūkai's Poetry

An introduction to Kūkai's poetry with translations.


Henjō hokki shōryōshū (or Seireishū), Divining the Spiritual Nature of Henjō (Kūkai). Annotated translations from the 10th scroll:
  1. Kūkai on the founding of the Shugei Shuchiin School
  2. Kūkai on Master Gonzō
  3. Late Autumn Congratulation to the Great Virtuous Chief Executive of Gangō Temple, Gomyō
  4. Poem on an autumn day offering congratulations to the High Priest and Great Teacher with preface (秋日奉賀僧正大師詩并序)
  5. (in progress, check back later)

  6. Kūkai's Reply to the explanation from the High Priest of Eisan (Saichō)
  7. (in progress, check back later)

  8. Kūkai's Reply to the request of the Dharma Master of Eizan (Saichō) to borrow the Scripture that Transcends the Principle
  9. (in progress, check back later)

  10. Kūkai's Poem on listening to the “Buppōsō” (Buddha, Dharma, Saṅgha) bird between midnight and dawn
  11. Kūkai's The Ten Illusions Poem with preface

    (complete but not yet uploaded. Check back soon.)

  12. Kūkai's Nine Aspects (of a decaying corpse) Poem
Towards a translation of all 10 scrolls of the Shōryōshū as a step in rendering the Complete Works of Kōbō Daishi Kūkai into English to exhaust karmic remainders and spread merit.


Ronald S. Green, PhD
Coastal Carolina University
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528-6054 USA


"Work out your own salvation with diligence!"
- Buddha's last words to his followers