Library honoring Tibetologist E. Gene Smith opens in China

Bust of E. Gene Smith from the library that honors his work (Photo via Lunchbox Communications)

On June 01, 2011, the Southwest University for Nationalities in Chengdu, China, held the opening of the E. Gene Smith Library. The library opening coincided with the university’s 60th anniversary celebration. Southwest University for Nationalities is located in the Sichuan province and has a strong Tibetology research program, as well as a focus on minority education. [More, with links to our extensive coverage of Smith's life, work, and passing, after the jump.]

Before Gene Smith passed away, he chose to donate a significant portion of his personal collection of Tibetan texts, nearly 12,000 volumes, to the university through the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center. TBRC’s Executive Director, Jeff Wallman, attended the library opening with a small party of representatives.

Click here to see photos of the library opening via Lunchbox Communications, producer of the forthcoming documentary about Smith titled Digital Dharma.

You can learn more about Digital Dharma and watch the trailer here. See also our previous coverage of Smith’s life, work, and passing:

Thanks to Gene Smith (Janet Gyatso remembers her colleague, from the Spring 2011 Buddhadharma)

Scholars, Tibetan Buddhist teachers, friends remember E. Gene Smith

Interview: Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center Executive Director Jeff Wallman on E. Gene Smith

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

Remembering Gene Smith — Message from His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Wisdom Publications’ Tim McNeill on the life and work of E. Gene Smith

Gene Smith’s Mission — a Buddhadharma profile