Recently, Jim Blumenthal, Professor of Buddhist Studies at Maitripa College and Associate Professor in the School of History, Philosophy and Religion at Oregon State University, passed away after a one year battle with colon cancer.

It’s interesting to see how many people were affected by his generous work for others, as can bee seen on the memorial page for him on Matripa College.

Venerable Thubten Chodron gave a talk about Jim, and explains that despite all his wordly success (Ph.D professor, and so forth), he was always very humble about his wordly success and his Dharma knowledge. he went about his business with a steady determination. I think Jim’s life is an inspiration for other western practitioners, and is reminder that everyone will have to pass away and that we need to make use of our time now.