Bringing Karma to the Web

"I know where to find some things," comes E. Gene Smith's standard response when he is asked to find particular items in his enormous collection of Tibetan Buddhist texts. "There's some sort of reason to it."

For years, from India to Indonesia to Egypt to Boston, and here at his office, some 12,000 manuscripts and block-printed volumes on thin, mulberry-husk paper, wrapped in red-and-gold cloth decorated with colored flaps, have followed him around. They hem him in now, looming on