The following was received today from Menri Trizin 33rd in Dolanji:
Dear Jeff Wallman, Board Members and Staff of TBRC,
Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of Gene Smith.
It was a shock for me to receive the news of Gene passing away.
He was a dear friend to me for these past forty years.
We have met long ago in Delhi, when Gene so generously helped us Tibetans to organize the reproduction and publishing of some important texts that we had carried with us on our backs and on horses, all the way from Tibet.
Gene was a special person who worked with an extraordinary energy to preserve the Tibetan culture. He had a deep commitment to retrieve our lost and threatened literary legacy. What he has done in this regard is immense.
We shall always remember him with great gratitude.
Since our first meeting, Gene has helped us also by providing Menri Monastery monks with a good training in modern technology and by securing grants for scanning and publishing projects that will greatly help to preserve and distribute our Bon religion literature and culture, in a way that no other method could succeed in doing.
It is with deep feeling that I send my thanks for what Gene has done to help us, and my best wishes to you all who are working so well to carry out his vision.
We pray for Gene to have a good and peaceful journey and be rewarded for his great contribution in preserving the Tibetan literary heritage, for the benefit of all.
Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, 33rd Abbot of Menri.