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OSU debate: Jesus & Buddha

October 7, 2013

By Oregon State University Socratic Club

The first Socratic debate of the new academic year will be held on Wednesday, October 9th at 7 p.m. in Milam Auditorium on the OSU campus. The topic is “Buddhism and the Teachings of Jesus: Two Perspectives.”

The speakers are Prabhu Guptara and James Blumenthal.

Prabhu Guptara, born and educated in India, describes himself as a Hindu follower of Jesus. He was Executive Director of Organization Development at Wolfsberg, a subsidiary of UBS, one of the largest banks in the world. Guptara is an expert on the impact of technology on globalization, on strategy, on knowledge management, on corporate social responsibility, on comparative and cross-cultural ethics, and on management and leadership issues. His books include “Yoga: A Christian Option?” and “Indian Spirituality.” Prabhu and his wife, Philippa, have four children and reside in Zurich, Switzerland.

James Blumenthal is Associate Professor of Religion at Oregon State University. He holds a PhD in Asian Religions from the University of Wisconsin. Blumenthal is an expert in Indian and Tibetan philosophy and intellectual history, Buddhist hermeneutics, Mahayana Buddhist philosophy, theories of non-violence, and religiously based social justice movements. He is the co-author and editor of “Steps on the Path: A Commentary on the ‘Shamatha’ Chapter of Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo” (2012) in addition to more than 40 articles in academic journals, books, and popular periodicals on various aspects of Buddhist thought and practice.

Please note that if you cannot attend the debate, a live stream of the event will be available for viewing at


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