It was an honor to spearhead the summit “Fostering Universal Ethics & Compassion Through Museums” held in India, and again be in the presence of The 14th Dalai Lama. His Holiness’ humility combined with His thought-provoking insights were inspirational. What an incredible experience spending 3 ½ days with 29 museum-related, multi-disciplinary visionaries from throughout North America in such a collaborative and nurturing atmosphere.

Please click here to watch a short video containing excerpts of The Dalai Lama’s comments and reflections from some delegates.

Reconnecting with The 14th Dalai Lama”
His Holiness with the Museum Summit Participants

Audience with the 14th Dalai Lama

It was a tremendous honor for the Honorable Mayor Nancy McFarlane and myself to represent North Carolina’s capital city, Raleigh, during a private audience with The Dalai Lama at His World Headquarters in Dharamsala, India.

The 14th Dalai Lama's gracious welcome to Jon Kolkin & Mayor McFarlane
Mayor McFarlane & Jon Kolkin Receiving Stupa Gifts from the 14th Dalai Lama

Speaking Engagements

I continue to give presentations worldwide to a wide range of groups (Healthcare, Faith-based, Students, General Public, Art, etc.). Each talk is customized to the audience. Frequent subjects include Practical Strategies for Balancing Our Personal & Professional Lives, Balancing Compassion for Others with Compassion for Self, and Being Respectful When Photographing in Unfamiliar Cultural Settings. Please click here for more information.

Best Wishes to All, Jon

Best wishes to all, Jon