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New Book

INNER HARMONY: LIVING IN BALANCE

(teNeues/September 2021/Hardcover/9.25” x 11.75”/bilingual/$54 US)

A groundbreaking collection of over 200 stunning black-and-white and select color images explore how and why Buddhist practices have come to inspire and enlighten people worldwide. Eighteen chapters skillfully blend photography with health and well-being, exploring core principles central to loving a less stressful, more balanced life, regardless of one’s spiritual path. Designed by renowned graphic artist Lance Hidy, who was involved in designing 17 Ansel Adams publications, with poetry by Buddhist scholar, Dr. Paula Arai, forewords were contributed by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama and Her Majesty, the Queen Mother of Bhutan.


Museum Exhibitions

HEALING AND THE ART OF COMPASSION

(and the Lack Thereof!)

American Visionary Art Museum

Oct. 9, 2021 – Spt. 4, 2022

Eighteen pieces from the Inner Harmony series are included in this extraordinary exhibition.

For more details click here.

 

SHADES of COMPASSION: A traveling museum exhibition, curated by internationally recognized photokunst, Inc., includes 50 images by some of the world’s leading photographers. Participants include the Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham Trusts, Nick Brandt, Joyce Tenneson, Michael Kenna, Beth Moon and others. I am honored that two pieces from the Inner Harmony series will be included in this groundbreaking exhibition which seamlessly integrates emotionally stunning artwork into an immersive, multi-sensory, interactive experience, coupled with a take-home toolkit for patrons who are interested in more fully incorporating compassion into their daily lives. The educational material for the exhibition was created by representatives from MoMA, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Emory University’s Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning (SEE) and Life University’s Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT). Shades of Compassion tours throughout North America from 2022-2027. For more details click here.


Awards

INNER HARMONY Global Recognition in 2020-2021


Documentary Film

It was an honor to collaborate with the North American Office of Tibet and videographer Art Howard in producing the 2020 documentary film, Man of Compassion: Stories of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Participants included Presidents Obama, Clinton and George W. Bush along with others who have been positively influenced in their professional and personal lives by the Dalai Lama.


Museum Summit with the 14th Dalai Lama

It was an honor to co-chair the summit “Fostering Universal Ethics & Compassion Through Museums” held in India, Oct. 28-Nov.1, 2018, 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. For those interested in viewing the entire audience with the Dalai Lama please click here.

Reconnecting with The 14th Dalai Lama”

Reconnecting with The 14th Dalai Lama

His Holiness with the Museum Summit Participants

His Holiness with the Museum Summit Participants

 

Private 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. We are very pleased His Holiness is considering a visit when He resumes traveling to the United States.

The 14th Dalai Lama's gracious welcome to Jon Kolkin & Mayor McFarlane

The 14th Dalai Lama’s gracious welcome to Jon Kolkin & Mayor McFarlane

Mayor McFarlane & Jon Kolkin Receiving Stupa Gifts from the 14th Dalai Lama

Mayor McFarlane & Jon Kolkin Receiving Stupa Gifts from the 14th Dalai Lama

Best Wishes to All, Jon