Celebrating 30 Years — Amber Lotus Publishing — Part 2

Amber Lotus Publishing is turning 30 this year. To celebrate, we thought we’d share a few stories from the people behind the scenes. Tim Campbell is our VP Director of Sales.

Thirty Years and Thirty One Words

Listen to what anyone says
as though it were the last words
of a father to his son.

Listen with that much compassion,
and you’ll never feel jealousy
or anger again.

This was the first quote* I ever chose for an Amber Lotus calendar, nearly 20 years ago. On the one hand, that means I can only speak to 20 of the 30 years of Amber Lotus’s history. On the other hand, the transformative power of that quote has never left my mind, and it has informed all my subsequent text choices. I use this quote as a guiding hand precisely because of the profound spiritual instruction that it offers in just 31 words. Reading this passage every day for one month can become the start of a revolution. Thanks to our beloved contributor, Jane English (Tao wall calendar), we refer to our calendars as a book you read one page per month. Through his modern-day interpreter Coleman Barks, Rumi also says, “Whenever someone asks what there is to do, light the candle in their hand.” Month by month our effort is to light that candle.

When drops of water fill a vase
it is neither the first drop that fills it
nor the last or any drop individually…

These verses from the famous Tibetan mind training text Wheel of Sharp Weapons describes the history of Amber Lotus. That history is continually made and remade drop by drop, action by action. Amber Lotus was founded in 1988 by western students of the Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. While we are no longer focused exclusively on Tibetan Buddhist causes, we honor our origin with our efforts to practice Right Livelihood, which I interpret as doing the most good with the least harm. To that end, Amber Lotus has planted 750,000 trees since 2008, and we’re on our way to 1 million and beyond. I’m happy to say that Amber Lotus is carbon negative. Each year, the trees we have planted offset our carbon footprint more than 40 times. It doesn’t do to make too much of our present efforts, and it’s true to say we still have work to do in the environmental department. Internally, we are taking steps to become more and more paper-free.

As Amber Lotus enters its fourth decade, and I enter my sixth, we will strive to listen with compassion to our customers, authors, artists, reps, friends and each other, and to take mindful care of each drop we add to the vase that is our shared planet.

* Excerpt from “Dying” from The Hand of Poetry by Coleman Barks


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Midweek Mindfulness — Heart Sutra

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — July 2018 — Free to Download

July is the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the fourth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. It was named by the Roman Senate in honour of Roman general Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth. Prior to that, it was called Quintilis, being the fifth month of the 10-month calendar.
Flower: Larkspur
Birthstone: Ruby

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Canada Day (Canada)
4 – Independence Day
6 – Dalai Lama’s Birthday
14 – Bastille Day (France)
22 – Tisha B’Av (Jewish)

July Free Desktop Wallpaper

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Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

Note: Desktop wallpaper calendars are free for personal use only.


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It’s Here… The Geninne Zlatkis 2018 – 2019 Planner

Geninne Zlatkis 2018-2019 planner

New for 2018-2019… the Geninne Zlatkis On-The-Go planner. We’re so excited! We love Geninne and her delightful feathered friends. Read more about Geninne and her process.

  • 5″ x 7″ weekly planner (10″ x 7″ open).
  • 17-month calendar — August 2018 through December 2019 — perfect for school and academic planning.
  • The perfect gift for creative inspiration.
  • Uplifting graphics by Geninne D Zlatkis guide you through the weeks.
  • Monthly 2-page-spread views facilitate big-picture planning.
  • Weekly spreads with ample writing space.
  • Wire-O binding offers lie-flat ease and convenience.
  • Inside pocket for storing receipts and mementos.
  • Extra lined pages to record notes and reminders.
  • Elastic band closure.
  • Printed on paper sourced from a combination of sustainably managed forests and recycled materials.
  • Features US and Canadian legal holidays, phases of the moon, and important observances of the world’s major religions.


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Artist Spotlight — Robert Sturman: The People’s Yoga

The People's Yoga 2019 wall calendar

Image from The People’s Yoga 2019 wall calendar featuring photographs by Robert Sturman. Click for more info.

To celebrate Yoga Day, we’d like to introduce you to a new member of our family of contributing artists and his gorgeous new wall calendar — The People’s Yoga.

Experience the global connection of yoga in these striking photographs that highlight the serenity of stillness within the hustle, bustle, and grit of modern living. Dedicated yoga practitioner and photographer Robert Sturman captures everyday people and yogis from around the world in dynamic moments of this ancient practice. A woman stretching into Scorpion pose in Manhattan; a group of musicians paused in Standing Backbend in Bulgaria; and a police officer meditating in uniform before a Ganesha mural in Venice Beach, California, are just a few of these portraits of quiet strength and everyday life.

Robert Sturman
Location: New York City
Pose: Bakasana – Press Float Back
Photo by Mamaste

Sturman finds great inspiration for the creative spirit within his own practice that allows him to focus on finding beauty everywhere. Through his images, he strives to encourage all of us — at any time and in any place — to experience the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of yoga and to enjoy the diverse beauty found in the moment.

His stunning repertoire runs the gamut: yogis perched on rocks jutting out of the Pacific Ocean; African orphans practicing yoga in Kenya; breast cancer survivors, bare-chested and scarred. Sturman has also worked extensively with war veterans who have embraced yoga as a way to help heal PTSD and to try to change the heartbreaking statistics of veteran suicides.

Sturman’s honors include Official Artist of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, 2010 FIFA World Cup Artist Representing America, and Official Artist of the 2007 United States Olympic team. In 2012 and 2013 he was the subject of two separate New York Times articles celebrating his photographs of yoga practiced around the world.

For more information and to see more of his wonderful photographs, please visit his website. and follow him on Instagram.

More About International Day of Yoga

The word yoga derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. International Day of Yoga, or commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on June 21st since its inception in 2015. An international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice originated in Bharat or India. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address suggested the date of June 21st, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.

The theme for the 2018 celebration, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, is “Yoga for Peace.”


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — June 2018 — Free to Download

June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the second of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the third of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. June was named either for Juniores, the lower branch of the Roman Senate, or for Juno, the wife of Jupiter, a Roman god.
Flower: Rose
Birthstone: Pearl

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
5 – World Environment Day
11 – Lailatul Qadr (Islamic)
12 – Loving Day
14 – Flag Day
15 – Eid al-Fitr (Islamic)
17 – Father’s Day
19 – Juneteenth
20 – World Refugee Day
21 – Summer Solstice
24 – St. Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)

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Celebrating 30 Years — Amber Lotus Publishing

Amber Lotus Publishing is turning 30 this year. To celebrate, we thought we’d share a few stories from the people behind the scenes, starting with Creative Director Leslie Gignilliat-Day and her husband, Lawson Day, who purchased Amber Lotus in January 2000.

A Little Bit of History from the Owners of Amber Lotus Publishing

Leslie and Lawson

Lawson and I were living in New York City where he was an investment banker with Chase Manhattan Bank and I was a graphic designer with my own studio. One day he came home and announced that he wanted out of the banking business. That moment of self-determination took us through several twists and turns and led to the discovery of a boutique publishing company that was for sale. Long story short, we purchased Amber Lotus and moved to San Francisco to take over the reins. Lawson’s role was to run the management side of the business while mine was to run the product design and manufacturing side.

For Lawson, one of the many attractions of ALP was the editorial content. “Mr. Banker” was a voracious reader of Eastern spirituality and considered himself a student of Taoism and Buddhism. As a designer, I was excited to create beautiful products, but the editorial content­—Eastern spirituality—was a complete unknown to me. And so for me began a wondrous mind- and heart- expanding education in the great wisdom teachings of the world.

Being a business owner is not for the faint of heart. Long hours and unrelenting responsibilities are your constant companions. But at the same time, the fulfillment of owning your own business—the self-determination, the creative inspiration, the nurturing and growing of something that you value—is the reward and fuel that carries you ever onward.

Today, in recognition of Amber Lotus’s 30 years of existence, I am profoundly grateful for all that has transpired since that fated day when Lawson’s desire to leave his “known” changed the direction of our lives. And lastly, a word for the amazing, talented, dedicated, and generally terrific people we work with—staff and contributors, both past and present: I can only say we could not have done any of this without you. We love you. We are blessed.


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Loving Day — June 12

Image from our Feathered Friends 2019 wall calendar featuring artwork by Gennine Zlatkis. Click for more info.

We believe that love always wins. It might take patience, courage, and tenacity… but love is what unites us. Loving Day, celebrated on June 12, is a wonderful day to reflect on the power of love. Here’s a bit more about this special day excerpted from lovingday.org: Continue reading