On 28 January, 25 years ago, the 10th Panchen Lama of Tibet died at the age of 51. Popular Tibetan opinion commonly refers to the 14th Dalai Lama and the 10th Panchen Lama as the 'sun and moon' of the Tibetan Buddhist firmament.
E. Gene Smith's journey, which actually began 50 years earlier, crossed multiple borders and led to international humanitarian and academic efforts to find, preserve and make accessible the documents that form the core of Tibetan culture.
There is little hope that Tibet will move off the back burner of global concern. How many more Tibetans will burn themselves in a futile attempt to grab the attention of a world that is looking elsewhere?