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Just a reminder that the public memorial for the late E. Gene Smith is this Saturday February 12th.

public memorial service is planned for February 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, New York.  Interested parties can contactmemorial@tbrc.org for further information.

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.





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This month Anyen Rinpoche will be discussing his latest book Dying with Confidence on the Tricycle Book Club.

How should we prepare to die? Many of us don’t know where to begin when it comes to death. It scares us. We understand so many things and death remains a great mystery. In some ways, of course, death will always be a mystery—how could anybody ever reallyknow? However, it should also be said that, due to our steadfast refusal to talk about it, death is more mysterious than it has to be. At the Tricycle office we sometimes make jokes about how our readers’ least favorite tweets and blog posts are those that mention death. Why can’t we talk about this? Even though we joke, this is quite serious. Without a deep awareness of death how can one be truly confident about living?

Join the conversation here.

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This thangka is a representation of the “Bardo of Ultimate Reality”. The deities in this thangka are associated with the Bardo Thodol, the so-called Tibetan Book of the Dead. The deities are seen by those who practice Shitro when they pass into the bardo after death. This thankga originates from Tibet or Northern Nepal  and is from the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century.

For more on the Tibetan Art Calendar click here.

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From the TBRC Blog.

Dear Friends,

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,

Jeff Wallman
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 memorial@tbrc.org, 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.

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Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism

“With this remarkable book, the dialogue between Buddhism and psychoanalysis has finally come of age. In a voice that is intimate, humorous, and at the same time wise and sophisticated, Jennings takes us on a fascinating and deeply rewarding voyage of discovery.”—from the foreword by Jeremy D. Safran, editor of Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: An Unfolding Dialogue

“An engaging account that puts the relational encounter of two human beings at the center of both practices. Jennings enriches stories about her own analyst and her Tibetan lama with an easy and wide-ranging fluency in both psychoanalytic theory and Buddhist thought.”—Barry Magid, author of Ending the Pursuit of Happiness

For more reviews and endorsements click here.

You can meet author Pilar Jennings this Friday at Tibet House in NYC.

DATE: Friday, December 3, 2010

TIME: 6:30-8:30pm

LOCATION: Tibet House

22 West 15th Street

2nd Floor

New York, NY 10011



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From The Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

Dear Kurukulla Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I share the sad news we have been expecting. Our precious guru Geshe Tsulga, who has been inexpressibly kind to us these past eighteen years, stopping breathing at about 8:30 pm this evening, November 21. Our dear nuns Tsunma-la and Ani Yeshe were in Geshe-la’s room reciting mantras and saying prayers. Geshe-la left clear instructions as to what should be done at this time and we will be following Geshe-la’s advice.

We will share information with you as we receive it. Please keep your eye on our home page for the latest news. There will probably more emails than usual this week.

All classes from Monday 22 through Sunday 28 have been canceled. Tomorrow, Monday 22, there will be a puja for Westerners at 8:00 am. Please bring flowers and other offerings. There will be a puja Monday evening for the Tibetan community at 5:30 pm. All welcome to attend it also, although the prayers will be in Tibetan.

The gompa is open for anybody who would like to come by to practice. Enter through the side door as usual. Please stay in the public areas and do not enter the residential area or go upstairs. Suggested practices are the Guru Puja or recitation of the King of Prayers or theManjushrinamasamgiti.

Thank you for your support,

Much love,

Debra Thornburg

The staff of Wisdom would like to extend our condolences and prayers to the Kurukulla center. Geshe la will be dearly missed.

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Sulak Sivaraksa, Buddhist spiritual leader and international activist, is known for advocating social change and development based on an engaged Buddhism. Over the course of his long career, he has been arrested three times for his criticism of the Thai monarchy. Katherine Marshall sat down with him recently to discuss his own spiritual journey and his vision for Buddhism.

Can you speak a bit about how you got where you are, and particularly about how faith came into play in your life?

I was born in 1933 and was brought up as a Buddhist. My parents were not very spiritual. I was sent to a Catholic school, and I got my degree from the Anglican college. I didn’t like the school. They used to treat me very badly, and they used to beat me because I didn’t want to learn by rote. My parents said, “We have tried to bring you up in a Catholic and a Protestant school. Would you like to be a monk?” I said, “Yes, why not?”

Read it all here.

To check out Sulak Sivaraksa’s book click here.


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There is now a Wisdom group page on the Tricycle Community page.

Check it out and let us know what your favorite Wisdom books are or anything else you would like to talk about.

Click here to find the page.

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From askAlana.com

The Banyan Deer is a touching story of how one animal’s brave soul and ability to follow what is true can lead to a complete change in the lives and attitudes of many—even a king.

And although in The Banyan Deer the heroic characters are deer who influence a man, this powerful parable holds true for all of humanity. In fact, humanity would do well to learn the lesson of this important story.

The Banyan Deer is a parable told by Rafe Martin that teaches the reader about the power of standing up for truth and justice, even at the risk of sticking out your own neck. It seems today most people keep quiet as not to disturb the unhealthy status quo. Some speak out for what they believe, but only very few are willing to walk the walk as well.

Read the entire review here.

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In the summer of 2001, I had the next 15-20 years of my life mapped out. I was happily back in the classroom at U.C. Davis School of Law after six years as its dean of students. I’d travel to visit my grown children and my new granddaughter. I’d attend Buddhist meditation retreats as I’d been doing for 10 years.

Suddenly, everything changed. In May 2001, I got sick with what doctors diagnosed as an acute viral infection. I have yet to recover. It has left me mostly house-bound and often bed-bound. Unexpectedly and without warning, I became part of the parallel universe of the chronically ill. Millions of people in this country suffer from chronic illnesses and other disabling conditions. This population is largely invisible to others. Before I got sick, it was invisible to me too.

Read it all here.

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