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,
Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center
New York, NY