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Ven. Nicholas Vreeland

© Nicholas Vreeland
5 Monk memorizing under mango trees

“Photos for Rato” raises funds for the reconstruction of Rato Dratsang, one of Tibet’s most prestigious monasteries. From the Rato Dratsang Foundation website: Nicholas Vreeland is a Buddhist monk and member of Rato Dratsang. He was educated in Europe, North Africa, and the United States, after which he pursued a career in photography, an artform he was introduced to very early in life by his grandmother, Diana Vreeland, one of the most legendary figures in fashion. In the late sixties and early seventies, Nicholas Vreeland worked as an assistant to Irving Penn and Richard Avedon. Vreeland was introduced to The Tibet Center in New York by John and Elizabeth Avedon, and followed the teachings of Khyongla Rato Rinpoche. After many years of study he became a monk in 1985. He was awarded a Geshe Degree (Doctorate of Divinity) in 1998, and now divides his time between The Tibet Center in New York and Rato Dratsang in India. Via Elizabeth Avedon.

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