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Dafna Zahavi Yachin

Digital Dharma: Recovering Wisdom

Digital Dharma: Recovering Wisdom

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This powerful photography collection captures an incredible journey of cultural preservation. Join E. Gene Smith as he travels to remote monasteries in South Asia delivering the digitized version of twenty thousand volumes of ancient Tibetan texts--volumes that had been faced with almost certain extinction fifty years earlier.

This is the epic story of an international rescue effort to preserve a culture's literary history.

Originally a Mormon from Utah, E. Gene Smith became the unlikely mastermind behind an international effort to rescue, preserve, digitize, and provide free access to the vast Tibetan Buddhist canon, many volumes of which had been lost or destroyed during China's Cultural Revolution.

Digital Dharma is a stunning visual experience offering a behind-the-scenes look into this unprecedented mission. Through hundreds of photographs taken during Smith's trip to deliver drives containing the digitized volumes to remote monasteries in South Asia, you'll gain extraordinary and intimate access to life inside Buddhist monasteries, to the rituals of Tibetan Buddhism, and to the insights of some of the world's leading lamas and lineage holders. Throughout the journey, you'll meet monks, local publishers, scholars, and dignitaries involved in the preservation movement to which Smith dedicated his life. With the accompanying historical and cultural background, you'll develop a deeper and more personal understanding of Tibetan Buddhism and of the achievement of preserving and disseminating its sacred canon.

Author: Dafna Zahavi Yachin, Arthur M. Fischman
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Published: 10/18/2022
Pages: 264
Weight: 0.00lbs
Size: 12.13h x 9.13w x 0.66d
ISBN: 9781614297994

About the Author
Dafna Zahavi Yachin is a director, producer, and writer of award-winning documentaries, broadcast series, national commercials, educational programs, and multimedia campaigns. She has been instrumental in creating lasting formats for projects airing on CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, Discovery, History, and SyFy. Her first Indie Feature Documentary, Digital Dharma, was Oscar qualified in 2012. Dafna has focused her documentary and online initiatives in the humanities, justice, and women's rights arenas. She holds a BA in rhetoric and communications, and a BA in international political science from the University of Pittsburgh. Candid and documentary photography has been her avocation since she could hold a Polaroid.

Arthur M. Fischman holds a BA from Queens College and a JD from Temple Law School. Coauthor of The Living Memories Project, he is a freelance writer whose video and interactive scripts have won numerous awards, including a Telly, an ITVA Silver Award, and a New York Festivals Bronze World Medal. He co-wrote the award-winning documentary Digital Dharma and has written radio, TV, and print ads for leading consumer product manufacturers. A veteran speechwriter and ghostwriter, he was director of executive communications and internal communications at a Fortune 500 company. He and his wife, Janet, live in Philadelphia, where he also writes plays and moonlights as a jazz pianist.
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