son of Rockport’s Marvin and Caryl Kolkin

Roots of Compassion, Seeds for a Balanced Life: a presentation by Jon Kolkin

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CAMDEN — The First Congregational Church of Camden welcomes the public to a free presentation by Dr. Jon Kolkin, physician, philanthropist and photographer, on Tuesday, October 19, from 7 to 8:50 p.m. 

Dr. Kolkin has balanced his career as a photographer with his work as a physician for decades.

His talk will focus on the role of compassion in living a less stressful, more balanced life. The talk will be followed by a signing reception for Dr. Kolkin’s new book, Inner Harmony: Living in Balance. Published in English and German by the teNeues Press in October 2021, the book features inspiring forewords by the Dalai Lama and Queen Mother of Bhutan.

Copies of this book, winner of more than 20 international awards, will be available for purchase, with all proceeds from sales and all free-will offerings donated to compassion-centered nonprofits worldwide.

This event honors the author’s late parents, longtime residents of Rockport, Dr. Marvin and Mrs. Caryl Kolkin.

Co-sponsors of this event include the Adas Yoshuron Synagogue of Rockland and the River Sangha of Belfast.

This event will be held in the sanctuary of First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm Street. There will also be an option to attend virtually via Zoom. Please note: all attendees at this talk must wear a KN95 mask, which will be provided by the church if you do not have your own. For the Zoom link to this event, contact Becky at the First Congregational Church office:

About Jon Kolkin

As a physician, Jon Kolkin has twenty years of experience as an international medical volunteer. As a photographer he focuses on projects that convey concepts central to living a healthier, less stressful and more balanced life. Dr. Kolkin has exhibited in over 20 solo exhibitions in museums and art galleries throughout the United States and abroad. He has also served on the faculty of Maine Media Workshops and is a frequent presenter on topics related to life balance. the creative process and mindfulness.

During his career, Kolkin spearheaded numerous compassion-centered initiatives including the ongoing Shades of Compassion North American traveling museum exhibition (, and the North American summit, Fostering Compassion and Universal Ethics through Museums. This gathering brought museum professionals to India for a conference and private audience with the Dalai Lama. He also co-chaired the Dalai Lama-Raleigh Initiative and serves on the Mayor’s Compassion Commission. He collaborated with the North American Office of Tibet and producer Art Howard in creating the documentary film, Man of Compassion: Stories of the 14th Dalai Lama, with participation by Presidents Obama, Clinton and George W. Bush along with other notable figures.

Searching for peace within is an increasing necessity, and challenge, in our turbulent times, according to the Church, in a news release. In speaking of his work that led to this book, Kolkin will explore how and why key Buddhist spiritual practices have come to inspire and enlighten people all around the globe, and how these speak to all people beyond the boundaries of religious belief. For 12 years, Kolkin traveled to Buddhist centers across Asia, capturing the everyday life of monks and nuns on camera. Impressive and respectful, the 220 mostly black-and-white photographs included in this book offer powerful insight into the otherwise hushed and hidden world of meditation and mindfulness. With his profound feeling for light and composition, Kolkin’s rare and intimate images capture the niqueness of each mindful moment, as well as the universal reach and inspiration of Buddhist practice.

Event Date: 

Tue, 10/19/2021 - 7:00pm to 8:45pm

Event Location: 

First Congregational Church of Camden and Zoom


55 Elm Street
Camden, ME 04843
United States