From Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

In Memory of Gene Smith

Survival of the Buddhadharma depends on vision, courage, determination and strength of the dharma upholders.

We have witnessed in history that there is always an individual and usually an unsung person who would serve and protect the dharma. If we all look back to what he has achieved and done, E. Gene Smith is no doubt such a person. I have always said that Gene Smith has done much more for the dharma, and has achieved much more selflessly than many tulkus and lamas of the present time. I think that time will tell that my remarks are not an exaggeration.

His insistence on joining the last BLHP (Buddhist Literary Heritage Project) meeting even at his frail age and condition alone should be worthy to take as an example, of how dedicated he is to serve Shakyamuni.

The loss of Gene Smith is such a loss for the dharma in general. It is also a loss for me personally, as he has been ever encouraging to me and to all of my activities, such as Khyentse Foundation.

Let us remember him by up-keeping his work and vision.

I also pray that the wishes of Khabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Deshung Rinpoche who are the main gurus of the late Gene Smith be fulfilled in years to come.

From Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, in retreat at Pharping, Nepal, December 19, 2010.

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