25, December 2011
To TBRC members and friends
I am writing this letter on behalf of Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, the present Supreme Head of the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as from my own side.
Gene’s contribution to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition has been immense and quite unique. He vast knowledge, total dedication over a lifetime, and generous open-mindedness was a model for all and a source of unmitigated admiration and rejoicing.
Thanks to Gene’s activities, countless precious books could be saved. It was all the more precious at a time in history when the books were so hard to find, when the Tibetan themselves had no resources and know-how to reproduce them, and when they were the most needed.
Thus, Gene displayed great kindness to the Buddhist teachings in general and the Vajrayana in particular and we will continue to measure for a long time the value of his matchless contribution.
I (Rabjam Tulku), personally keep very fond memories of our visit to Gene’s home in Delhi, as I was accompanying Kyapje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in his travels. Gene’s house was filled with Khyentse Rinpoche’s photos, which made me fill very much at home, and Gene use to be very kind with me as a young child. The omnipresence of books everywhere in the house also reminded me of Khyentse Rinpoche own living quarters.
Shechen Rabjam Tulku