If You are a Major Donor Seeking to Understand the Impact Opportunity of Funding TBRC – Please Read This
If you are a major donor seeking to understand the incredibly rich opportunities that we have and the extraordinary impact potential of our organization – please read and reflect upon this quote of Jeff Wallman, TBRC’s Executive Director, to the magazine “Buddhadharma: The Practitioners Quarterly” about the bright outlook of TBRC’s future on Harvard Square in Cambridge.
“We are excited about being in Cambridge. Its a fresh start. Everyone on staff is dedicated to the mission and made some big sacrifices to get here. Its more peaceful in Cambridge and sometimes we miss the excitement of New York.But things are happening here after one month and I am confident it is a good direction for us. The most exciting aspect of being in Cambridge is that we can cultivate the organization on all the levels it exists on. Different people see TBRC in different ways. For some TBRC is a mission, a noble endeavor, a website, a brainchild of Gene Smith, a text delivery system, an archive of Tibetan treasures, for some even a file system and hard disk. Its all of these things but the structure of TBRC is complex and it needs nourishment on each level to grow. We have really talented people working at TBRC and I have felt that their talents should be made available through seminars, training, teaching, etc. Now we have a public space so these connections can grow.
We also have a very interesting, and unique database – very much Gene’s brain child. And I’d like to see that child grow and expose the incredible interconnections Gene explored himself – connections between Tibetan social entities and the rise of monasteries; literary genres, the form and function of texts in all traditions over time; a sense of place, both sacred and geographic; Tibetan personage and the myriad threads of authentic lineage; the potency of Tibetan language, the expression of dharma through history. In Cambridge, we can cultivate these areas by connecting our staff to Harvard professors, students and others in the very interesting community in Cambridge. Its a place where Tibetan, Mongolian, Chinese, Pali, and Sanskrit languages are taught; where serious Tibetology happens; where there is a Tibetan community, interest in the dharma, philanthropy and the love of culture. We can also explore the neurological aspect of TBRC and utilize trends in technology, information science and digital humanities to expose the relationships we are capturing. So its very much a meeting place for exchange so that above all we can preserve and share Tibetan texts. I feel great about our future here.”