Hooray! The fantastic movie about Ven. Nicholas Vreeland (abbot of Rato Monastery) will premiere at Lincoln Center beginning on November 21, 2014. The film has been shown at many locations including here in the D.C. area during the recent BuddhaFest film festival. For tickets to the Lincoln Center screenings and more information, please visit the Lincoln Center website: Monk With a Camera tickets.
Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk in 1972. 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 regarded position. Monk With a Camera chronicles Nicky’s journey from playboy to monk to artist.
Visit the official website about the film to learn more about the film and Ven. Nicky.