The Green Books (and a few black ones) comprise a collection of Tibetan texts that Gene Smith selected for his studies during the years he spent in India (1965-85). During these early days, the best way for him to browse seminal Tibetan works was to typewrite them in transliteration. In doing so, these texts became Gene’s personal notebooks that he marked up and annotated. The outcome is a collection of select works that has a number of editorial features that makes this set an extremely valuable research tool, in Gene’s own pen. This approach became the working basis, knowledge model and information design for the digital library Gene created at TBRC.
TBRC is seeking funds to digitize and make available the Green Books. We are asking for contributions of $100 per volume until the $20,000 needed is raised. With a donation of 2 volumes or more, you will receive the entire set of scanned and searchable Green Books as PDFs. You can make your contribution to the E. Gene Smith Library Fund, c/o TBRC. Donate online at tbrc.org or by sending a check to: TBRC, 17 West 17th Street, 9th Floor, NY, NY 10011. Donations are tax deductible.