(15173_pr.psd) Zina Rachevsky absorbed in her studies, 1972. Zina was an eccentric Russian-American socialite, the child of a Russian expat father and a German-Jewish mother, who became the Lamas' first Western student in 1966, and who insisted that the Lamas start to teach courses on Buddhism for Westerners. She helped the Lamas found what would later come to be known as Kopan Monastery in Nepal. (Photo used with permission of the estate of Zina Rachevsky.)