Gene Smith, August 10, 1936 – December 16, 2010
This last year the Buddhist community, and especially its translators, suffered the loss of a great bodhisattva and friend, E. Gene Smith, who was a renown Tibetologist, librarian, and archivist. He single-handedly saved many, many Tibetan texts from annihilation, and made them available to us all. We all miss this great man to whom we are so deeply indebted. Larry represented Shambhala and the Committee at Gene’s memorial service in New York City this last winter. for more about his incredible life and accomplishments, please see: www.tbrc.org.
In the vein of our Translators’ Teas, this summer we shared our stories with “An Evening with the Nalanda Translation Committee” in Halifax. Larry also presented this at a Werma feast in Vancouver and in Akron and Montreal. Scott and Jessie presented this in Bellingham. If any of us are traveling in your area, we would be happy to offer this to your sangha.
Last october, Larry conducted a Sukhavati ceremony for Lady Beattie Beverley Webster, a very dear friend and champion of the Committee since its inception. Beverley helped us to establish the Vidyadhara’s Tibetan library and was instrumental in fostering our work with him during her many years as his secretary in Boulder. Beverley was a supreme dharma lady and a pillar of our community. She is missed. Last fall, Larry taught his first online class for Vajrayogini sadhakas. At the great Stupa. In the winter, Larry led a Chakrasamvara retreat at Dorje Denma Ling. He returned to the Great Stupa at Shambhala Mountain Center for a Vajrayogini intensive just before the acharya retreat there. He gave a series of talks at the Vancouver Shambhala Centre, and soon after taught The Sadhana of Mahamudra at a weekend in Akron.
Scott participated in the “Rebel Buddha: on the Road to freedom” book tour, joining Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche, Barry Boyce, Tyler Dewar, and Carolyn Gimian on the Halifax panel. He taught a course on the modes of engagement of mind according to the pramana tradition in Halifax over the winter, and courses on valid cognition and the hinayana view at the Nitartha summer session in Bellingham. In January, he participated in an organizing conference for the Common Buddhist Text project, a joint effort of the united Nations, the Royal Thai government, and translators from the Theravada, mahayana, and vajrayana traditions to create a common set of scriptures representing the range of Buddhist traditions. While in Thailand for the conference, he gave a talk at the Bangkok Shambhala Center on the Vidyadhara’s early training under Khenpo Gangshar. In Halifax, along with Andy Karr and others, he helps lead a weekly contemplation class, and also continues to teach a group of aspiring translators, both young and not-so-young. He attended Marpa foundation board meetings with Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche in Kathmandu, who was in excellent spirits.
Mark continues to lead weekend Vajrayogini fire offerings at Dorje Denma Ling, focusing on enriching and magnetizing. He also presented our slide show in Washington D.C., and has recently been giving public talks in Halifax.
Patricia prepared The Rinchen Terdzö empowerment Record, a list of almost 900 empowerments for sakyong mipham rinpoche in 2009. she provided this to Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche’s sangha, orgyen Dorje Den, who hosted Venerable Yangthang Rinpoche when he bestowed the Rinchen Terdzö in California this winter. The planners and participants found this to be very helpful.
Jessie translated for Namkha Drimed Rinpoche during a cleansing ceremony in Halifax last fall. This summer she attended the Kalachakra for World Peace led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and attended by His Holiness Karmapa, in Washington D.C. After that, she taught literary and colloquial Tibetan, and translated for Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen’s course on buddha nature at Nitartha’s summer institute. The latter used the Committee’s translation of Mipham’s The Lion’s Roar: The great essential exposition on enlightened Nature.
Walker spent most of the winter and spring working on a new book about the Rinchen Terdzö, The Golden Mirror of Wisdom, which is available at lulu.com. He is taking this year off from Committee translation work to focus on writing and other projects, including marrying Committee member Patricia Kirigin.