Inner Harmony

Valerie Kaur


Inner Harmony by John Kolkin

Date: Wednesday, December 1, at 9 a.m. PST

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Cost: Suggested donation $10 US.
Should this be beyond your reach, we’re happy to offer it to you free.




Searching for peace within - an increasing necessity, and challenge, in our turbulent times. In this richly illustrated book, photographer and physician Jon Kolkin explores how and why Buddhist spiritual practices have come to inspire and enlighten people all around the globe.

For 12 years, Kolkin travelled to Buddhist centres across Asia, capturing the everyday life of monks and nuns on camera. Impressive and respectful, his 220 mostly black-and-white photographs 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 uniqueness of each mindful moment, as well as the universal reach and inspiration of Buddhist practice.

Inner Harmony is a collection of more than 200 rare and intimate photographs of Buddhists from throughout Asia taken over 13 years. Its 18 chapters explore core principles central to living a less stressful, more balanced life, regardless of one’s spiritual beliefs. Designed by acclaimed graphic artist Lance Hidy, with poetry and prose by Buddhist scholar, Dr. Paula Arai, forewords were contributed by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, and Her Majesty, the Queen Mother of Bhutan. 100% of the author’s proceeds from the sale of Inner Harmony will be donated to compassion-centered non-profits worldwide.

Text in English and German.

John KolkinJon Kolkin is an internationally recognized artist with a lifetime of experience pursuing his passions while simultaneously maintaining a healthy balance between his personal and professional life.  His unique strategies have allowed him to achieve a high level of success as a professional fine art photographer, physician, educator, global humanitarian, and international speaker.

Jon’s artistic projects tend to incorporate underlying themes related to personal growth and often serve as a springboard for conversation during exhibitions and presentations.  His art is frequently described as minimalist, painterly, meditative or “Zen like”, capturing the emotion of his subject rather than simply a literal documentation of what might be noticed by the casual observer.

Jon Kolkin’s captivating images ha​ve won numerous awards, are widely published and have drawn the attention of private and corporate clients worldwide. His artwork has also been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions within the USA and abroad.

He has served on the faculty of the prestigious Maine Media Workshops and is a frequent guest lecturer at major universities and other venues worldwide.  Presentations often center on subjects such as, “Finding Balance within Our Lives”, “The Creative Process” and “Strategies for Creating a Successful Portfolio”.

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