I had the great pleasure to see the magnificent movie, "Monk With A Camera". Seeing Nicolas Vreeland's spiritual journey was inspiring in this intimate and honest documentary.
Nicky with the Dalai Lama
Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become
a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Grandson of legendary Vogue editor, Diana
Vreeland, and trained by Irving Penn to become a photographer, Nicholas'
life changed drastically upon meeting a Tibetan master, one of the
teachers of the Dalai Lama. Soon thereafter, he gave up his glamorous
life to live in a monastery in India, where he studied Buddhism for
fourteen years. In an ironic twist of fate, Nicholas went back to
photography to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery. Recently,
the Dalai Lama appointed Nicholas as Abbot of the monastery, making him
the first Westerner in Tibetan Buddhist history, to attain such a highly