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DIGITAL DHARMA: One Man’s Vision to Save a Culture

E. Gene Smith with the Dalai Lama holding the only text he had with him while he fled Tibet.

In 1959, while Tibet was being invaded, refugees were forced to flee through mountains and valleys in order to survive. The refugees had no time to bring with them their ancient scripts, and or preserve their texts. “Digital Dharma,” is an immense effort by E. Gene Smith to digitize over 20,000 volumes of ancient Tibetan text into a public documentary screening. For over a span of fifty years, Smith has been working to have texts reprinted and then digitalized. He is a knowledgeable pathway of compassion for Tibet and its people.

The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City is presenting all screenings of “Digital Dharma.” This documentary is screened at 7:00 in the evening every Wednesday between 8 August and 5 September 2012. Tickets cost $ 13, and include access to seeing the museum, as well as a guided tour to their related exhibit “Illuminated: The Art of Sacred Books” before viewing the screening.

I am interested in watching this film — imagine fifty years of work and all of the cultural efforts! Let me know your reflection on this film if you see it.

The following is a website link for the Rubin Museum’s page on “Digital Dharma.” A preview for this documentary can be watched from this page: http://www.rmanyc.org/digitaldharma

And this is a link to Digital Dharma’s home web page: http://digitaldharma.com/home



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