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Brian Brown

Brian BrownBrian Edward Brown was an undergraduate and graduate student of Thomas Berry at Fordham University where he earned his doctorate in the History of Religions, specializing in Buddhist thought. He subsequently earned his doctorate in law from New York University. Currently he is Full Professor of Religious Studies at Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y. He is the co-founder of The Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona as well as being one of the founding faculty of the Integral Environmental Studies major at Iona, a joint venture of the departments of biology, political science and religious studies. He teaches classes in Buddhism; the Religions of China; Religion and the Constitution; Religion and Cosmology; and Religion and the Natural World.  He is the author of two principal texts: The Buddha Nature: A Study of the Tathagatagarbha and Alayavijnana (Motilal Banarsidass,1991, reprinted 1994, 2003, 2010) Religion, Law and the Land: Native Americans and the Judicial Determination of Sacred Land (Westport, Greenwood Press, 1999). He is co-editor of Augustine and World Religions (Lexington Books, 2008). Among his other publications are articles which have addressed the ecological implications of the Buddhist and Native American tribal traditions, as well as the Earth jurisprudence of Thomas Berry.