Finally, five years later, older and - hopefully-wiser, we are able to assemble metaphorically in this pages and present Gene Smith with an edition of e Pandita and the Siddha as a tribute of our high esteem and affection. Tibetologists - and Tibetans - owe E. Gene Smith much more than can be conveyed in a few words. His unusual career as the world's leading scholar of Tibetan and Buddhist literature began in at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he enrolled as a graduate student in the Inner Asia project of the Far Eastern and Russian Institute.
He studied there with notable scholars such as Turrell V. Wylie, Edward Conze, Joseph F. Rock, Nicholas Poppe, and above all with Dezhung Rinpoche, a fine Buddhist erudite and exponent ofthe Tibetan cultural heritage.
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This venerable lama was one of the eight Tibetan political refugees of the aristocratic Sakyapa family who, like many other thousands of Tibetans, had fled their homeland in The Sakyapa group had been initially invited to the United States for a three-year cultural research project conducted at the University of Washington under the auspices of a Rockefeller Foundation grant other eight academic centers worldwide were also funded during the same time period by the Rockefeller Foundation to promote Tibetan studies. The advantages of such a full immersion in a Tibetan framework were really remarkable for Gene-La.
Gene absorbed Tibetan Buddhism and culture from Rinpoche vi Preface and his associates until , when he completed his Ph. However, resource materials in the Tibetan language were very limited at the time, and Gene's quest for original texts led him to their source. The following year he was awarded a Ford Foundation grant to travel to India and Nepal in order to study and conduct research with some of the great lamas of the different Tibetan Buddhist traditions.
Gene's fieldwork included scouring the rare book collections, libraries, and archives of Buddhist monasteries and temples as well as some of the private collections of the Lamas - an activity that decisively marked, and matched, his academic inclination.
Having decided to remain in India to further his fieldwork, in he joined the United States' Library of Congress L. His progress there was nothing short of brilliant and he was appointed its Field Director in Through his painstaking effort and personal encouragement, the L. By the s, this trend had proven seminal for the growth of Tibetan studies as a serious academic discipline in American as well as European universities.
Having heard of the program overseen by the already renowned Gene-La, Tibetan refugees or members ofthe Tibetan-speaking communities in the Himalayan areas in India, Nepal, Sikkim, and Bhutan visited him day after day, bringing to his knowledgeable attention and careful examination many literary treasures that under other circumstances would simply have vanished.
Under Gene Smith's aegis, the rich Tibetan literary heritage found protectorate status and began to become accessible.
It was in those years that Gene Smith's successive homes in New Delhi became a legendary institute of sorts for many visiting scholars and serious students or researchers from all over the world. More than 5, works in the Tibetan language on traditional Buddhist religious literature, art, history, poetry, biographies, linguistics, medicine, Bon, etc. Southeast Asian program. In he was assigned to the L. Middle Eastern Office in Cairo, where he remained until he took early retirement in February Gene's long-cherished project relocated to New York City in , where it is now associated with the Rubin Museum of Art.
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Through his post as Executive Director, he is tirelessly leading the impressive TBRC project of digitizing thousands oftexts and reference materials, and building a database on the field that is of incalculable value. A reflection of Gene Smith's outstanding command of Tibetan Buddhist literature are the scholarly introductions, prefaces, and elaborated lists of contents that he authored during his years in India to accompany the reproduction of a large number of Tibetan texts, which constitute a precious resource for any researcher. In addition to these, several more of his introductory writings - not all of which bear Gene Smith's name explicitly -deserve to be considered.
Though much shorter, they are no less valuable. To list only a few: Sa gsum na mgol1 par mtsho ba rdo rje sgra dbyangs gling gi zhal 'don bskang gso'i rim pa phyogs gcig tu bsgrigs pa'i ngo IIltshar nor bu'i 'phreng ba skal bzang gzhon nu'i mgul rgyan: T7Je collected liturgical texts of Gnas-chung Rdo-rje-sgra-dbyangs-gling, the residence of the Stale Oracle of Tibet.
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Pandita and the Siddha: Tibetan Studies in Honor of E. Gene Smith
New Delhi: Khangsar Tulku, Vol. Maisonneuve, Paris, Old Tibetan Documents Online. Find on this site. BZ : Bod ljong zhib 'jug Tibetan Studies. JA : Journal Asiatique. KB : Krung go'i bod kyi shes rig China Tibetology. TJ : The Tibet Journal. Maisonneuve, Paris.
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Reedited and published by Prem Singh Jina. See Francke and Jina Antiquities of Indian Tibet , vol. Kvaerne ed. I: Harrison and G. Prats ed. Scherrer-Schaub ed. Emmerick , Brill, Leiden,