Gregory Hillis

Continuing Lecturer
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Tibetan and Sanskrit
HSSB 3060
Office Hours:
MW 12-1
Time Period: Fall 2020


Gregory Hillis is a Continuing Lecturer of Religious Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara.


  • Foreward and Art Editor for Tibetan Book of the Dead: An Illustrated Edition of the Sacred Text on Death and Rebirth (Metro Books, 2009)


  • “Práticas Oraculares Tibetanas: O Caso do Oráculo Nechung” (with Ana Paula Martins Gouveia) Debates do NER (2014)
  • “Temporal Emptiness of the Body: A Sacred Space for Divination” (with Ana Paula Martins Gouveia) in Exploring Bodies in Time and Space (Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2014)
  • “Klong chen pa.” In Encyclopedia of Religion, Revised Edition (MacMillan, 2005)
  • “Tibetan Buddhist Meditation.” In Encyclopedia of Religion, Revised Edition (MacMillan, 2005)
  • “Khyung Texts in the rnying ma rgyud ‘bum.” In The Many Canons of Tibetan Buddhism (Leiden: Brill, 2000)
  • “Nyingma Monasticism.” In Encyclopedia of Monasticism (Fitzroy Dearborn, 2000)

Courses Taught:

  • Introductory Colloquial and Literary Tibetan (RG ST 30A-C)
  • Intermediate Colloquial and Literary Tibetan (RG ST 30D-F)
  • Introductory Sanskrit (159A-C)
  • Sanskrit Texts (Bhagavad Gita) (RG ST 159D)
  • Sanskrit Texts (Upanishads) (RG ST 159E)
  • Sanskrit Texts (Epics) (RG ST 159F)
  • Zen Buddhism (RG ST 21)
  • Introduction to Religious Studies (RG ST 1)
  • Asian Religious Traditions (RG ST 3)
  • Introduction to Buddhism (RG ST 4)
  • Tibetan Religions (RG ST 31)