During a recent visit to the offices of TBRC, I was fortunate enough to glimpse Gene Smith‘s famous ‘notebooks’, the painstakingly typewritten transcripts of texts and interviews, with their own particular system of colour coding, capitalization, underlining and marginalia. Many pages feature handwritten corrections and further notes added at a later date. Most of the books are leather-bound in green with titles on the spine. There appeared to be at least fifty in the office, but there might be others elsewhere. Jeff Wallman estimated that they represent about twenty years of work.

Following Zenkar Rinpoche’s call for them to be published, echoed by others, at the recent seminar at Columbia University, work will soon begin on scanning the books and using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology in order to preserve their contents and share them with other scholars. Let’s hope they can secure the necessary funding.

I don’t know how this escaped our attention for a full six days, but here is a link to the new blog from the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC) and E. Gene Smith. Get over there and add it to your feed readers this very instant. And if you are on Facebook, here is the TBRC page and here the page for Digital Dharma, the upcoming documentary that people are calling “Gene Smith: The Movie”.

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