James Blumenthal Contemplative Studies Fund

Jim Blumenthal, a professor of Philosophy at Oregon State and renowned scholar of Buddhist philosophy, was integral to the establishment of contemplative studies activities at OSU. As an educator, Jim’s goal was to introduce his students to other cultures and traditions, in hopes that open-mindedness would lead to a more peaceful world and more self-awareness. He taught courses in Indian and Tibetan intellectual history, as well as contemporary and historical Buddhist philosophy.  He brought Buddhism experts and luminaries into his classrooms, and his generosity of spirit made him an important and well-loved mentor to his students.

To honor Jim’s legacy at OSU and support further development of the Contemplative Studies Program, the James Blumenthal Contemplative Studies Fund was established in 2015 by John Edwards, now former Director of the OSU School of Psychological Science, together with his wife Karen.

Gifts to the fund are welcome, encouraged and needed to realize the goals of the Contemplative Studies Program and honor Jim’s memory.

To make a contribution please click here for online giving or contact 

Grady Goodall, J.D. 
Director of Development, College of Liberal Arts
Phone: 541-231-1111
Email: Grady.Goodall@osufoundation.org

Contributions go to fund activities designed to increase our understanding of contemplative practice and related philosophies and to enhance contemplative practice at OSU and in the broader community.