It is with deep sadness that I write to inform you that our beloved E. Gene Smith passed away on Thursday December 16, 2010, the year of the Iron Tiger, at around 4:00 PM. He had not been well since returning from India on Tuesday. The exact cause of death is not known.
It was very fortunate that Alak Zenkar Rinpoche was present with him for several hours after his passing. We were fortunate to be with him during this time.
In keeping with Gene’s wishes, I am now in the process of making funeral arrangements with a nearby funeral home that is familiar with the particularities of the Buddhist tradition. I’ll be in touch with more details as timings and arrangements are made.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Gene, for a peaceful journey. May his immaculate benefit to this world remain for a very long time.
With best wishes,
Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center
New York, NY
Update from the TBRC with Memorial Service Info
It is with profound regret and sadness that we announce the passing of E. Gene Smith, our friend, source of inspiration, and founder of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center. A pioneer in Tibetan Studies, Gene dedicated his life to preserving the rich literary heritage of Tibet. Gene passed away at his home on December 16. He is survived by his three sisters and countless friends and colleagues around the world. A memorial service is planned for early February and interested parties can contact email@example.com, Center, for further information.
Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center, New York City
All of us at Wisdom are deeply saddened by this loss. Gene was and will continue to be a hugely influential and beloved figure in the history of the transmission of Buddhism to the west. He will be missed by all.