It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of E. Gene Smith. His remarkable life is exceeded only by his incredible legacy; for Tibetans in danger of losing their rich spiritual and cultural heritage, his work is both pioneering and enduring.
Here at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, we have remembered Gene in prayer and with lamps before our Buddha shrine; to us, he is a bodhisattva among scholars.
As an outpost of Tibetan spiritual culture in the west, we strive to keep the flame of meditation practice burning bright. Gene’s work will enable both scholars and practitioners to have access to one of the world’s richest treasure houses of wisdom and knowledge.
Tibetan Buddhists have a saying: “good in the beginning, good in the middle, and good in the end.” Gene’s pure intentions at the beginning of his quest for preservation of Himalayan knowledge, his perseverance in that quest, and his selfless dedication at the end show a life well-lived, and are an example for all who strive for wisdom and truth.
Lama Kathy Wesley
On behalf of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra