Photos for Rato carries a selection of images by American photographer, Nicholas Vreeland, handpicked by the famed publisher and editor of photographic books, Robert Delpire, and taken over the 26 years that Vreeland has been a monk at the 14th century Tibetan monastery, Rato Dratsang.
Vreeland developed a keen interest in Buddhism when he was living and working as a photographer in New York. Under the guidance of Rato Khyongla Rinpoche, the Tibetan incarnate lama who founded New York’s Tibet Center, Vreeland devoted his time to the study and practice of Buddhism. He travelled to Asia on many accounts and was encouraged to become a monk after seeking the advice of the Dalai Lama. He then moved to India to study at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery and joined Rato Dratsang soon after, where he lived for 13 years. Vreeland now divides his time between Rato Dratsang and The Tibet Center in New York.