Inner Harmony: Living in Balance has been honored by
the International Photography Awards
with 2nd Place in its 2021 “Professional Book, Documentary” category.
New Book’s Rare, Powerful Images of Buddhists Convey Universal Principles for Achieving Inner Harmony

Renowned Photographer and Physician Jon Kolkin Provides a Window Into the Otherwise Hushed World of Meditation and Mindfulness

From the Foreword of INNER HARMONY—

“Dr. Jon Kolkin admirably captures the essence of a life devoted to calming and focusing the mind so that it can dwell upon developing compassion and wisdom.”
—The 14th Dalai Lama

“Dr. Jon Kolkin has produced this beautiful book as a guide for us to dwell within, for Inner Harmony.” —The Queen Mother of Bhutan

NNER HARMONY: Living in Balance (teNeues/September, 2021/Hardcover), a groundbreaking collection of more than 200 stunning black-and-white and select color images by award-winning photographer and physician Jon Kolkin, explores how and why Buddhist practices have come to inspire and enlighten people worldwide. Skillfully blending photography with health and spirituality, Kolkin thoughtfully examines core principles central to living a less stressful, more balanced and fulfilling life, regardless of one’s spiritual beliefs, nationality or race. 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. 

INNER HARMONY is an artistic compilation of Kolkin’s powerful, sensitive images taken while immersed in Bud-dhist communities across Asia working primarily as a medical volunteer in under-resourced communities. For over a decade he photographed everyday life of Buddhist monastics and laypeople in Bhutan, Myanmar, China, Vietnam, India, Cambodia, Japan, Nepal and Taiwan, revealing keen insight into the otherwise hushed world of meditation and mindfulness. With his profound feeling for light and composition, Kolkin’s rare and intimate images capture the uniqueness of each contemplative moment, as well as the universal reach and inspiration of Buddhist practices. Offering singular images of Buddhist life from across contemporary Asia, INNER HARMONY documents and celebrates those who are quietly committed to cultivating a nurturing internal environment where well-being can germinate.

In an interview Jon Kolkin can discuss a number of com-pelling topics. Here are just a few examples:

Lessons learned about universally relevant practices that can enhance our ability to live a less stressful, more balanced life, regardless of one’s spiritual path
How his experience as a physician and medical photographer influenced his ability to communicate concepts and emotions through photograph
Personal stories about his encounters with the Dalai Lama, other inspirational leaders and everyday laypeople within Buddhist communities worldwide
The contemplative process he uses when creating images for INNER HARMONY
The unique challenges and constraints of taking photographs in these sensitive environments
Fascinating stories about the life of patients, healthcare workers, and laypeople in under-resourced communities

Kolkin’s renowned Inner Harmony photographic series has already exhibited in numerous museum and art galleries in the U.S. and abroad, garnering 20 international photography awards and feature coverage (twice) in LensWork magazine. Kolkin will continue to exhibit in solo and group shows through 2026.

Kolkin, who has met with the Dalai Lama on several occasions, shares His Holiness’ commitment to spreading compassion worldwide. Kolkin spearheaded the first-ever summit on Fostering Compassion and Universal Ethics through Museums, which brought museum delegates from North America to India for a conference and intimate gathering with the Dalai


dr. jon kolkin is an internation-ally 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 photographer, physician, educator, global humanitarian, and international speaker. Kolkin’s images have 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 U.S. 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. INNER HARMONY is his first book. For more information visit