By Dafna Zahavi Yachin and Arthur M. Fischman
In collaboration with the Buddhist Digital Resource Center
This powerful photography collection captures a beautiful journey of cultural preservation. It documents the story of an international rescue effort led by E. Gene Smith, the legendary scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, to preserve a culture’s literary history. The book follows Gene Smith as he travels to remote monasteries in South Asia delivering the digitized version of twenty thousand volumes of ancient Tibetan texts—volumes that had been faced with almost certain extinction fifty years earlier.
Gene Smith, founder of the Buddhist Digital Resource Center, was the unlikely mastermind behind this international effort to rescue, preserve, digitize, and provide free access to the vast Tibetan Buddhist canon. Digital Dharma: Recovering Wisdomoffers a behind-the-scenes look into his mission. With the accompanying historical and cultural background, as well as contributions from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Matthieu Ricard and Leonard van der Kuijp, this photo book offers its readers a more personal understanding of Tibetan Buddhism and of the achievement of preserving and disseminating its sacred canon. The accompanying excerpt shows Gene at Songtsen Library in Dehradun, India, with Drikung Kyabgōn Chetsang Rinpoche, one of the highest lamas of the Kagyü tradition.
Published by Wisdom Publications
Publication date: October 18, 2022
Hardcover ISBN: 971-1-61429-799-4
265 pages, 12 x 9 inches, $75
Digital Dharma (Wisdom Publications)