Video: Leonard van der Kuijp on the legacy of E. Gene Smith

Yesterday at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, several hundred people, including Tibetan Buddhist teachers and scholars, gathered to remember E. Gene Smith, the famed Tibetologist who died late last year. In this video filmed during the post-memorial reception, Melvin McLeod speaks with Leonard van der Kuijp – professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies and chairman of the Department of Sanskrit and Indian studies at Harvard University – about the meaning and impact of Smith’s life and legacy, and his work to digitalize and share Tibetan literature through the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center.

More from the Smith memorial will be found here in the days ahead.

Previously on Buddhadharma’s Buddhist News: Our original announcement of E. Gene Smith’s death | A remembrance of Smith by His Holiness the Karmapa | TBRC board member and Wisdom Publications president Tim McNeill remembers Smith | Memorial announcement including the entirety of Janet Gyatso’s tribute to Smith, from the Spring 2011 Buddhadharma magazine