Dear Friends, 

The Tibet Center and Rato Dratsang Foundation are excited to announce that The Gompa Tibetan Monastery Service will host a free webcast of Rato monk's recitation of the 'Essence of True Eloquence' on the full moon day of Saka Dawa, May 29th from Rato Dratsang.
Event ID: 159

Event type: Free Webcast

Brief description: This reading by the assembled monks of Rato Dratsang of Lama Tsongkhapa's celebrated text 'Essence of True Eloquence' (Lekshe Nyingpo) on the auspicious full moon day of Saka Dawa is dedicated to the long life of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. 

To view the webcast you must go to and take a quick moment to create an account. You can choose to become a member or just sign up to view free webcasts. No payment is required unless you choose to make an optional donation. 

Please be aware that your registration must be finalised by the registration/payment deadline if you wish to view the webcast and/or make a donation for this event.

*Note that by registering to view the webcast you will also be able to make a voluntary offering to Rato Dratsang if you wish.

Gompa Facebook page (

Tashi Delek

The Tibet Center / Rato Dratsang Foundation



The Tibet Center’s Co-founder, Marjorie Mortensen passed away today here in New York City.

Marjorie was a great help to Venerable Khyongla Rato Rinpoche when he first arrived in the United States and played a central role in the founding of The Tibet Center in 1975.

Born August 31st, 1936 in Jackson Michigan, she graduated from Michigan University, where she studied literature and Interior design. Marjorie also designed and sold costume jewelry at the Greenflea Market for over 20 years. She was a passionate foodie and fixture of the NYC restaurant scene. 

                                                                  August 31 1936  -  December 12 2016

                                                                  August 31 1936  -  December 12 2016

Marjorie worked at the NYC Mayor's Office for 17 years and wrote proclamations for several administrations. 

She is survived by her brothers Dan and Robert Mortensen.

Marjorie was very dedicated to The Tibet Center. We are so grateful to her for her good works on behalf of Tibetans and their culture. We will miss our friend.  

A Catholic mass will be held for Marjorie this Friday, December 16th, at the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary at 10am - 325 East 33rd Street, New York, NY  10016 [212]213 6027. As Marjorie would've wanted, in lieu of flowers donations can be made to your favorite Tibetan charity or The Tibet Center.  

Click on photos to see Marjorie in the blogoshere...


Venerable Ling Rinpoche returned to The Tibet Center to bless the new location and to speak to students. Rinpoche answered several questions the students had.  We told Rinpoche to consider this his home and asked him to come back for a longer stay. Rinpoche had named our center - Kunkhyab Thardo Ling some 40 years ago. We are so grateful for his blessing and hope that Venerable Ling Rinpoche will visit us again soon. 


We continue to pray for our friends in Nepal.  Venerable Khen Rinpoche has dispatched Rato's Nepalese monks back to help their families and fellow villagers.  

The New York Times has compiled a list of reputable organizations you can choose from to donate to in order to help meet the immediate needs of those suffering. If you would like to help please consider giving whatever you can to any of the organizations listed below working towards Nepalese earthquake relief. 

American Jewish Joint Distribution

American Jewish World Service:



Catholic Relief Services:

Global Giving:

Habitat for Humanity International:

Handicap International:

International Medical

International Relief Teams:

Jewish Federations of North

Lutheran World Relief:

MAP International:

Mercy Corps:

Operation Blessing International:



Project Concern International:

Red Cross:

Salvation Army:

Samaritan’s Purse:

Save the Children:

SOS: Children’s Villages International:

United Nations World Food Program:


World Vision:

Global Fund for Women:


Monk With A Camera teams up with Photos For Rato in Los Angeles Dec 11, 2014


Artist reception for the documentary film "MONK WITH A CAMERA"

THURS, Dec. 11, 2014, 6-9pm at the ROYAL Theatre

** Venerable Khen Rinpoche Nicholas Vreeland and Filmmakers Tina Mascara and Guido Santi Will Be in Attendance! **

RSVP on our event Web Page --

OR .. on Facebook --

About "Art in the Arthouse" -

Laemmle Royal ~ 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

(park on street or in city lot on Colby Ave. just south of Santa Monica Blvd., or lot on Butler Ave. just north of the Blvd.)

More Info:


In Honor of This Evening...

Proceeds from the sale of art will benefit Rato Monastery  --

and the Laemmle Charitable Foundation --


Monk With A Camera New York Premier at Lincoln Center Nov 21st

The New York Premier of Monk With A Camera at Lincoln Center November 21st, 2014 7:20pm Walter Reede Theatre 165 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023 p212 875 5600

This 7:20pm screening wil include a Q&A with Venerable Khen Rinpoche and Directors Tina Mascara and Guido Santi. A conversation with Richard Gere and Khen Rinpoche at the end of the 5:20 screening Saturday November 22nd 2014. Tickets are still available. Click on the link below to get tickets today!



photo by Dyana Crummet

photo by Dyana Crummet

There will be two memorials to honor the life of our dear friend Jenneth Webster held here in NYC on August 1st and on August 10th. 2014. 

Jenneth Webster was one of Khyongla Rinpoche's first students in New York City and one of the first members of Kunkhyab Thardo Ling -- The Tibet Center.  She was a great friend to the Center and included us in several Asian fairs at Lincoln Center which helped us pay the rent.  She introduced us to many people who didn't know there were Tibetans or a Tibetan organization in the City.  

As Associate  Director, Programming of Lincoln Center Out Of Doors for almost 30 years, Jenneth offered hundreds of performing artists from countries and traditions throughout the world free programs before thousands of people. 

The first of two memorials, Lincoln Center is honoring Jenneth in a free public memorial on August 1 at 4:30 pm outdoors to the right of the Metropolitan Opera House featuring some of the artists who worked with her, as well as speakers.  When the event ends at 7:00 pm you are invited to go to the left of the Met where  Lincoln Center Out Of Doors will present many other artists.

And the second memorial for Jenneth ...

Praise Her Spirit

Celebrate the Life of Jenneth Webster

August 10, 2014, 4pm to 7pm

El Jardin del Paraiso Community Garden and Park

Enter East 4th Street, between Avenue C and D, adjacent to 309 East 4th Street.

Please join us as for a gathering to honor the life of Jenneth Webster, who left the planet on April 10, 2014.   We celebrate the life and work of our extraordinary friend - producer, spiritual being, and Tibetan Buddhism practioner - with informal offerings of food, words, music and dance.

The event is a picnic /Pot luck and we welcome you to bring food, drink (non-alcohol) and memories to share.  

Please contact Bonnie Stein with any questions, with performance or offering ideas, or if you need more detailed directions.

With love and care,

Charles Allcroft, Bonnie Stein, Claudia Norman


Monk With A Camera  screens at the Cleveland International Film Festival March 26, 2014 

...and.has been invited to the Ashland Film Festival April 3rd through the 7th 2014!

Monk With A Camera will also be screening at the following venues...

FULL FRAME FILM FESTIVAL in Durham, North Carolina (this is one of the most important doc festivals in US)

the film will play on THURSDAY, April 3, at 1:20PM at the Fletcher Theatre (in Durham) - Producer /Director Tina Mascara will be attending.

SOUND VIEW CINEMAS, Port Washington (Long Island)

the film will play as part of the Elliman Film Series, on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30PM

Minneapolis, Washington DC, Taipei and New Zeland screenings to be announced soon. 

LIKE us on FB at Monk With A Camera or FOLLOW us on Twitter @monkwithacamera. 

The documentary chronicles the life and spiritual quest of our Khen Rinpoche Nicholas (Nicky) Vreeland, grandson of legendary Vogue editorDiana Vreeland, celebrated artist, and now a Tibetan Buddhist monk.

Directed, Written and Produced by Guido Santi and Tina Mascara of Asphalt Stars Productions



The Tibet Center was extremely saddened upon receiving the news that on February 26th 2014 our beautiful friend Alessandra M. Bini PhD had passed away. 

                                                                                            DR ALESSANDRA BINI

                                                                                            DR ALESSANDRA BINI

Alessandra was a devoted buddhist practitioner, esteemed scientist scholar and the nicest heart you could ever meet. We will miss her very very much. The Tibet Center will say prayers for Dr. Bini this Monday March 3rd, 2014.

She is survived by her son Matteo Lorenzet. We will post information regarding funeral or memorial services as details are made available to us.

Dr. Alessandra M. Bini was the Program Director in the Diversity Training Branch within the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In this role, she oversaw funding mechanisms such as the Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) and the National Research Service Award Institutional Training Grants (T32) Supplements. In addition, she was involved in trans-NCI and trans-NIH activities.

From 2006 – 2010, Dr. Bini served as the Scientific Review Officer (SRO) for the Nuclear Dynamics and Transport (NDT) Study Section and for the Cell Biology and Development (F05) and Technology Development (F14) Fellowship Study Sections at the Center for Scientific Review (NIH/CSR). Earlier, she served as SRO in the review offices of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Prior to joining NIH in 2001, Dr. Bini was Associate Laboratory Member at the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute of the New York Blood Center (NYBC). Her research focused on the interaction of the matrix metalloproteinases system with the fibrinolytic system relevant in thrombosis, atherosclerosis, angiogenesis, and inflammation. She participated in the scientific review process for agencies such as the American Institute for Biological Sciences (AIBS, US Army) and the Department of Veterans Affairs Merit Review Boards.

Dr. Bini received her Ph.D. in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine from Columbia University in New York for work on the role of thrombosis in the progression of human atherosclerosis. Previously, she obtained a Dr. Biol. Sci. degree from the University of Milano, Italy and trained and specialized in Pharmacology in the Thrombosis Laboratory at Mario Negri Institute, Milano, which pioneered new studies on the interaction between thrombosis and cancer and in the Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Center at the University of Leuven (Belgium). As part of her Dr. Biol. Sci. degree she studied behavioral-cognitive psychology and received further training in counseling at the Italian Association for Demographic Education. Dr. Bini was Head of the Coagulation and Fibrinolysis Research Unit at Consorzio Mario Negri Sud, Italy and a Visiting Scientist at the New York Blood Center.




November 24, 2013, "Monk With A Camera" will have its World Premiere at IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam!

The documentary chronicles the life and spiritual quest of our Khen Rinpoche Nicholas (Nicky) Vreeland, grandson of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, celebrated artist, and now a Tibetan Buddhist monk.

Directed, Written and Produced by Guido Santi and Tina Mascara of Asphalt Stars Productions



The Tibet Center is happy to announce the purchase of a new retreat home in South Orange, NJ in late October 2013.

The Tibet Center will still be based and hold weekly classes in New York City, NY. The retreat home will perform separate and additional functions such as the hosting of teachers, seminars, meditations and retreats.

We will have an inaugural White Tara meditation this Saturday - November 9th at 1:30pm. There will be a lunch reception after the meditation in celebration of its opening.

Those interested in attending please send an email to Darren Smith @  

The Tibet Center Retreat Home - 502 Ridgewood Road North, South Orange, NJ 07079.

You can take NJ Transit from NY Penn Station to Mountain Station, South Orange, NJ.  You then walk West on Montrose Ave approximately 1/4 mile to the corner of Montrose and Ridgewood Road. We are located on that corner to the right.