Tag Archives: Nicholas Kirsten Honshin

Happy 90th Birthday to Thich Nhat Hanh

Greeting card artwork by Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin.

Greeting card artwork by Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin.

For almost 15 years, it has been our great honor to share the words of wisdom from beloved teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. Our hope has always been that our calendars and greeting cards will serve as helpful tools for people in their everyday practice to live more mindfully. His words inspire so many to find deeper meaning and to cultivate more compassion. As many of you know, Thay experienced a stroke in November 2014, and he has made remarkable progress toward improved health since then. Please join us in wishing him a happy 90th birthday (October 11) and continued wellness.

❤️ Much gratitude for the wisdom he shares with the world and his work toward peace. Continue reading

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Zen Cat 2018 wall calendar

Image from our Zen Cat 2018 wall calendar featuring paintings and poetry by Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin. Click for more info.

The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival falls on the full moon of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar (October 4 in 2017).

I’ve always loved this holiday that marks the beginning of the dark half of the year, the half that is correlated with the yin or feminine element. In some parts of China, it was celebrated only by women, who gathered in a courtyard and created an altar with a statue of the Jade Rabbit, who lives at the center of the moon. They drank tea and dined on moon cakes and fruits that symbolize fertility, like pomegranates, grapes, apples, melons, and peaches. I like to serve honeydew melon and lemon-balm tea (since lemon balm is an herb of the moon). Continue reading

Emily’s Birthday Favorite!

Happy Birthday to Emily – Amber Lotus Publishing – Operations / Marketing gal

We ask each of our staff to pick a favorite Amber Lotus item to feature on our blog for their birthday. Here is Emily’s choice.

Why is Zen Cat one of my favorite calendars?
The easy answer is that here is my Zen Cat …


… and here is my desk at Amber Lotus.

I wish I had an elegant and complex motivation to write about, but I love Nicholas
Kirsten-Honshin’s artwork because he captures the essence of cats.  And, cats are wonderful!  I do, also, appreciate his peaceful meditations on interconnectedness.
But when I look at this calendar, my first reaction is simple joy.Emily_cat-3

I’m looking forward to the 2014 Zen Cat calendar.

Zen Cat Wall & Mini calendars

Zen Cat 2014 wall calendar

Zen Cat 2014 wall calendar

Zen Cat 2014 mini calendar

Zen Cat 2014 mini calendar

Oh, look at that face on the mini version — love it!
– Emily McNulty Scripter