American to become abbott of Tibetan Buddhist Monastry

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American to become abbott of Tibetan Buddhist Monastry

Postby Wayfarer » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:36 pm

The Dalai Lama has given Nicholas Vreeland, director of The Tibet Center in New York, a daunting new assignment. On July 6, Vreeland will be enthroned as the new abbot of Rato Monastery in southern India, one of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism. He will be the first Westerner to hold such a position.


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Re: American to become abbott of Tibetan Buddhist Monastry

Postby Dechen Norbu » Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:50 pm

Very interesting. Seems a good decision by HHDL.
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Re: American to become abbott of Tibetan Buddhist Monastry

Postby Indrajala » Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:25 pm

This might demonstrate to Asia that, yes, westerners can be real Buddhists, too.
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Re: American to become abbott of Tibetan Buddhist Monastry

Postby tomamundsen » Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:00 am

Wow! That's great! So it's Gelug?
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Re: American to become abbott of Tibetan Buddhist Monastry

Postby JKhedrup » Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:00 am

Yup, Rato Monastery is a Gelug monastery, officially under the auspices of Drepung. But in many ways they function as a separate monastery and use their own debate manuals, liturgies and preserve their own practice style.
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Re: American to become abbott of Tibetan Buddhist Monastry

Postby Knotty Veneer » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:15 am

It gives me real hope when I see news like this. I sometimes throw my hands up in despair at the likes of Michael Roach or Ole Nydahl but then I remember there are western practitioners Nicholas Vreeland or Tenzin Palmo or Matthieu Ricard and many others and I feel better.
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