He Could’ve Been a Rich Fashion Photographer, but Instead He Became a Monk with a Camera


Can you please differentiate better between which links are going to expand down within the page and which links are going to send you to a new page? Very frustrating. Or maybe just make them all work the same (expand within the page much preferred.)
The holy ones with trust funds are easy targets to get angry with, I agree. It's easy to eschew a life of privilege and don a monks robe when you have a bank account with six figures in it.
@2, when I read stories like this, I always wonder if the person sacrificing is drawing an allowance from his wealth or his family. Or did he *truly* give up his riches
The text of the article says that he's been a monk for 30 years. That jibes with Wikipedia which says that he became a monk in 1985. However the caption of the picture says that he became a monk in 1972. He might have become a Buddhist in 1972, but he didn't become a monk until much later.
@ 2 and @3 Agreed. The film was vague on this point. He's the abbot of a monastery in India (the first Westerner appointed to such a post) and yet he spends most of his time in New York promoting Buddhism and ghostwriting the Dalai Lama's books. Fascinating guy, but this portrait felt evasive. @4 The caption is wrong, though Nicky was studying Buddhism long before he became a monk, so it was definitely not a spur-of-the-moment decision.