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


CAMDEN – The First Congregational Church of Camden welcomes the public for a free presentation by Dr. Jon Kolkin, physician, philanthropist and photographer, Tuesday, October 19, from 7 p.m. to 8.50 p.m.

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

His talk will focus on the role of compassion in a less stressful and more balanced life. The lecture will be followed by a signing reception for Dr Kolkin’s new book, Inner harmony: living in balance. Published in English and German by teNeues Press in October 2021, the book features inspiring forewords by the Dalai Lama and the 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 offers donated to compassionate nonprofits around the world. .

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

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

This event will take place in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church in Camden, 55 Elm Street. There will also be an option to virtually assist via Zoom. Note: All participants in this conference 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: [email protected]

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 essential to living a healthier, less stressful and more balanced life. Dr. Kolkin has exhibited in more than 20 solo exhibitions in museums and art galleries in the United States and abroad. He has also been 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 has spearheaded many compassionate initiatives, including the North American Museum’s traveling exhibition Shades of Compassion ( and the North American Summit, Fostering Compassion and Universal Ethics through Museums. This gathering brought together museum professionals in India for a conference and a private audience with the Dalai Lama. He also co-chaired the Dalai Lama-Raleigh Initiative and serves on the Mayor’s Compassion Committee. He collaborated with the North American Tibet Bureau and producer Art Howard on the creation of the documentary film, Man of Compassion: Stories from the 14th Dalai Lama, with the participation of Presidents Obama, Clinton and George W. Bush as well as other notable personalities.

The search for peace within is a growing necessity and challenge in our turbulent times, according to the Church, in a press release. Speaking about his work that led to this book, Kolkin will explore how and why key Buddhist spiritual practices have come to inspire and enlighten people around the world, and how they appeal to all beyond the limits of religious belief. For 12 years, Kolkin traveled to Buddhist centers across Asia, capturing the daily lives of monks and nuns on camera. Impressive and respectful, the 220 mostly black and white photographs included in this book offer a powerful glimpse into the otherwise hushed and hidden world of meditation and mindfulness. With his deep sense of light and composition, Kolkin’s rare and intimate images capture the uniqueness of each moment of mindfulness, as well as the universal scope and inspiration of Buddhist practice.