We were very sad to learn this morning that our dear friend Gene Smith passed away yesterday. Beyond simply being a wonderful man with a kind presence, Gene Smith is truly one of great modern heroes of the Buddhist world. He will be greatly missed.
Long before working for Tricycle, I had the tremendous privilege of getting to know Gene and his staff at the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC) while I was working for his longtime friend and colleague Jeff Watt, the director of Himalayan Art Resources (HAR). TBRC and HAR share an office here in Manhattan and it was an honor to have shared a space with Gene, to have joked around with him, and to have benefited from his tremendous insight, dedication, and warmth.
Pema Choephel, who also worked alongside Gene, writes: