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Buddhadharma : Spring 2011
91 spring 2 01 1 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly took early retirement from the Library of Congress and returned to the United States, bringing with him his own extensive library of Tibetan materials. He served first as a consultant to the Trace Foundation for the establishment of Himalayan and inner Asian Resources, then relocated to Cambridge, massachusetts, and joined Wisdom Publications as acquisitions editor, launching the Studies in indian and Tibetan Buddhism series. its aim was to provide a forum for significant new con- tributions to scholarship on indian and Tibetan Buddhism and to make accessible seminal research not widely known outside a narrow specialist audience. While at Wisdom, Smith still had the unflagging energy and enthusiasm to develop innovative means to make his unique knowledge and literature available to present and future generations. Joining forces with friends such as entrepreneur David Lunsford—founder of the Bodhi Foundation and a former engineer with com- puter giant Dell inc.—Smith proceeded to establish the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center. in 2002, with support from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, he moved the TBRC to New York City to increase his library’s accessibility, and it quickly became the premier site for Tibetological research in the United States, if not the world. Smith freely provided bibliographic information to virtually every Tibetologist. Given that there are very few catalogs, indices, or other critical apparatus to this extensive body of Tibetan literature, it is no exaggeration to say that our Tibetological knowledge would be a bare shadow of what it is today had Gene Smith never existed. He remained the first resource that scholars consulted for information, and the material he provided became the backbone of a large major- ity of Tibetological doctoral theses and books. Thousands of scholars are not only indebted to Smith for his generosity in sharing his encyclopedic knowledge with them, but miss him as a warm and kind-hearted friend. Representatives of more than three hundred Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, india, Nepal, and Bhutan unanimously nominated Smith for a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the preservation of the Tibetan literary and spiritual heritage. The award ceremony took place at the Nyingma monlam Chenmo international prayer festival in Bodhgaya in January 2010. Smith also received the Library of Congress Award for meritorious Service on several occa- sions, and the Distinguished Service Award in 1997. At the time of his death, the University of Leiden was arranging for a ceremony to award Smith an honorary doctoral degree, which he had never completed despite his many years of outstand- ing academic work. ➤ continued from page 61 Gene Smith talks with Ani Konchog Doma, at his former apartment in Cambridge, 2002 markdiamond A Peaceful Refuge a inthe b Heart of New York City New York Insight offers evening talks and sittings, workshops, courses, and daylong retreats for the integration of meditation teach- ings in daily life. PLEASE VISIT: www.nyimc.org New York Insight MEDITATION CENTER 28 West 27th Street, 10th Flr., NYC 212-213 -4802 SubScriber ServiceS Subscribe • Renew Pay an invoice • Give a Gift Purchase back issues Change your address Inquire about a subscription Replace a missing issue Online easy, quick, and secure Visit Subscriber Services at www.shambhalasun.com or www.thebuddhadharma.com Call toll-fRee 11:30 am – 8 pm et weekdays 1-877-786-1950 overseas: 01-760-317-2362 fax: 1-760-738-4805 email: email@example.com or thebuddhadharma.com Mail: Po Box 469095, escondido, Ca 92046–9095 Privacy notice: Subscribers may receive offers from organizations we believe may be of interest to our readers. Contact us if you wish to be excluded from such mailings. Shambhala Sun Foundation An independent, nonprofit corporation. Publishers of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly.