In 2010, “Photos for Rato,” a worldwide exhibition of Vreeland’s photographs, helped to fund the $500,000 reconstruction of Rato Dratsang monastery, a Tibetan monastery founded in the 14th century, currently being rebuilt in the south Indian state of Karnataka. In March 2012, Vreeland was appointed abbot of Rato Dratsang, making him the first Westerner ever appointed as abbot of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. This gallery features a selection of photographs from the “Photos for Rato” exhibition. Prints are available at ratodratsangfoundation.org.
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