CAMDEN — The First Congregational Church of Camden will offer a free presentation, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7 to 8:50 p.m., by Dr. Jon Kolkin, physician, philanthropist, and photographer.

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 Kolkin’s new book, “Inner Harmony: Living in Balance.” Published in English and German by the teNeues Press in Oct. 2021, the book features inspiring forewords by the Dalai Lama and Queen Mother of Bhutan.

Dr. Jon Kolkin will sign copies of his book, “Inner Harmony: Living in Balance,” Oct. 19. Dr. Jon Kolkin

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.

As a physician, Kolkin has 20 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. 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 (shadesofcompassion.org), 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.

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.

This event will be held in the sanctuary of First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm St. 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 at becky@camdenucc.org.