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We’re Excited to Share! Introducing Our New Calendar Titles for 2018

When someone asks what there is to do, light the candle in their hands. — Rumi

Amber Lotus Publishing has been illuminating spirit in the world since 1988. (2018 will mark our 30th anniversary!) It is our great joy to continue to hold that intention carefully as we craft our products.

This year we’re deeply honored to offer the first calendar – an Amber Lotus exclusive – featuring the calligraphy of Thich Nhat Hanh. Each work of art in The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh offers a serene expression of his artistry and a timeless interpretation of Buddha’s teachings.

We’re delighted to welcome Katie Daisy to the Amber Lotus family. We have a new wall calendar, a weekly planner, and a coloring book featuring Katie’s inspiring art and unique perspective on living a life with purpose.

Instagram phenomenon Chris Burkard joins us again to create Call of the Wild, featuring his stunning adventure photography combined with his observations on the power of the natural world.

We have a new Rumi calendar featuring text from Coleman Barks paired with exquisite contemporary Persian art. Other new offerings include The Artful Cat, Heart Land, Kitchen Art, Mandala Meditations, and two new weekly planners: Love This Life and Eat Well, Kiss More, Travel Often.

We are grateful for the creative collaboration we share with our customers, artists, authors, reps, and friends, each of whom, in his or her own way, illuminates spirit in the world.

— In gratitude


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Art for Life

Colors. Images. Words. Art can be a very personal expression. Having beautiful art in our homes and work spaces can serve as a focal point of calm during chaotic times or ignite passion in us to move into action. Art can be a reminder of who we are or who we strive to become.

At Amber Lotus Publishing, we are fortunate to be able to spend our time contemplating art – discussing, researching, and discovering. Art that we hope will infuse clarity, joy, and inspiration into our calendars. When we develop our calendars, we fall in love with the art and the message. It’s exciting to create a story for the year to mark our journey around the sun – one month at a time. Twelve pieces of art in celebration of that journey or to be touchstones along the way.

We are honored to work with a host of extraordinary artists, illustrators, photographers, writers, and thinkers. Here is a bit more about just three of them:

The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh 2018 wall calendar

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Thich Nhat Hanh
New for 2018, The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh wall calendar features the Zen calligraphy of Thich Nhat Hanh – affectionately known as Thay (“teacher”). His work is a joyful, fluid expression of his artistry and a timeless interpretation of Buddha’s teachings. Thay uses the calligraphy as a meditation; his hand and the brush merge to become one. Each serene stroke conveys a sense of mindfulness, energy, and love. With his calligraphy, Thay invites you to breathe in, to bring your mind back to your body, and to be present in the moment.

Thich Nhat Hanh has dedicated his life to the art of mindful living. Born in 1926, this Vietnamese Buddhist monk, scholar, poet, artist, peace activist, and prolific author is a beloved and revered global spiritual leader. His powerful teachings and best-selling books have reached an audience of millions around the world. For more than fifty years, Thich Nhat Hanh has been a pioneer of “Engaged” or “Applied” Buddhism, which applies ancient Buddhist wisdom to contemporary issues. He teaches that only through living in the present moment can we approach peacefulness – in ourselves and in the world. Now known as the “Father of Mindfulness,” he is the man Martin Luther King called “an apostle of peace and nonviolence.”

Celtic Mandala 2018 wall calendar

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Jen Delyth
The Celtic Mandala wall calendar presents the magical knot weavings of Welsh artist Jen Delyth. Jen’s intricate paintings and illustrations are founded in her deep connection to her Celtic heritage and are a personal journey into the language of ancient Celtic mythology and symbolism. In its 16th year of printing, this wall calendar is a beloved bestseller.

Inspired by the spirit in nature, Jen’s artwork appeals to those who seek meaningful, profound images that express deep and essential aspects of the Celtic tradition. This tradition has its own ancient roots in the cultures of Neolithic and Paleolithic peoples who came before them. It continues to evolve and is – most important to many today – a living tradition.

Jen elaborates, “Although I am not affiliated with any particular branch of Celtic spirituality, my work often focuses on an expression of my deep love and respect of nature and all its mystery. The Celtic tradition expresses a wealth of wisdom and understanding of the natural world – of plants and animals and also the inner world of active imagination and our psyche. Working with the patterns, sacred images, and myths of the ancient Celts renews my connection between the past and the present, the inside and the outside, the seen and the unseen – life in all its mystery and interconnectedness, through art and story.”

Spirit Horses 2018 wall calendar

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Tony Stromberg
The gorgeous Spirit Horses wall calendar features extraordinary portraits of horses, both wild and domestic, by renowned photographer Tony Stromberg. Each luminous image is paired with quotes from great teachers and writers exploring equine wisdom and the love of these magnificent creatures.

For more than two decades, Tony Stromberg made his mark as a successful advertising photographer. Yet a quiet but gnawing voice eventually drew him out of his commercial roots and deep into the soul of the West. What he had gained in reputation he felt he was losing in quality of life. Just before the turn of the millennium, he began his pilgrimage away from the frenetic world of advertising and into a world possessing a respect for nature and the land. Since then, he has spent much of his time learning the nuances of his most beloved equine companions in their natural environment. “The spirit of the horse,” says Stromberg, “is a magnificent teacher to humanity.”

Our most enduring companions, horses teach us about honesty and authenticity because they know no other way of being. They teach us about collaboration over dominance. And they teach us to respect and honor the unknown as opposed to fearing it and trying to destroy it. In both their physical and archetypal forms, horses help bring us back to something wild and unrestrained, reminding us of a sense of freedom many have forgotten.

About Amber Lotus Publishing — We Plant Trees!
Based in Portland, Oregon, Amber Lotus Publishing is proud to be a carbon-negative independent publisher with a dedication to environmental stewardship. As of December 2016, Amber Lotus Publishing had funded the planting of 650,000 trees.

Amber Lotus has been a Gold Certified Green America member since 1993. Green America certifies businesses that are committed to using business as a platform for social change. Green businesses adopt principles, policies, and practices that improve the quality of life for their customers, employees, communities, and the planet.

Today our team is an extended family of ten people, including a martial artist, a jazz singer, bibliophiles, musicians, writers, belly dancers, gardeners, bicycle enthusiasts, plus a whole host of talented, creative, inspiring contributors. We strive to consistently offer products that are authentic and distinctive to bring you a sense of the eternal by nurturing your heart, renewing your soul, and expanding your mind.


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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

Midweek Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh — August 17, 2016

Thich Nhat Hanh 2017 wall calendar

Image from our Thich Nhat Hanh 2017 wall calendar featuring artwork by Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin. Click image for more details.

Sitting meditation is not to arrive
at some kind of enlightenment
in the future. When we sit, we have
a chance to be fully with ourselves.
Sitting on our cushion, we breathe
in such a way that we become fully alive;
we are fully present, in the here and the now.

Thich Nhat Hanh


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Midweek Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh — Feb. 10, 2016

Thich Nhat Hanh 2016 wall calendar by Amber Lotus Publishing

Image from the Thich Nhat Hanh 2016 wall calendar featuring artwork by Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin. Click image for more info.

We can start our day with the happiness of a smile and the aspiration to dedicate ourselves to the path of love and understanding.

Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand-new hours are before me.

I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.

Thich Nhat Hanh


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Artist Spotlight — Nicholas Kirsten Honshin: Celebrating Zen Cat

We have the honor of working with Nicholas Kirsten Honshin to produce the Zen Cat series of calendars and greeting cards (as well as his series with Thich Nhat Hanh). In his recent newsletter, Honshin shared stories about his fascinating background and the inspiration for his work. ~Amber Lotus

Zen Cat 2016 wall calendar

Artwork by Nicholas Kirsten Honshin from our Zen Cat 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

“The way of peace is the way of liberation” — Nicholas Kirsten Honshin

The teachings of Nicholas Kirsten Honshin’s internationally-renowned Zen Cat Series are born in awareness and the oneness of existence. They demonstrate the love, peace, and joy that unfold in our hearts as we embrace the sacredness and beauty of all life. This acclaimed series has resulted in his best-selling Zen Cat Wall Calendar, which is a meditation in art and words on the interconnectedness of all life.

Honshin’s art is an expression of his personal journey. The Zen Cat series was born from both childhood experiences with his father in coffeehouses with the Beat Generation and his experiences with many felines – including one who would crawl into his lap as he was reading the Buddhist Sutras.

Daiensai Kuden Bonseki Dojin, Honshin’s father, was a renowned artist and ordained Buddhist Priest whose exhibitions ranged from museums to the walls of Beat Generation coffeehouses. Like the French Impressionist artists of Paris, the Beat writers were a small group of close friends first and a movement later. The core group – Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassidy, and William S. Burroughs – met in the neighborhood surrounding New York’s Columbia University in the mid-40’s. They later migrated to San Francisco, where Gary Synder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, and Lew Welch joined the group, and their focus started to move toward expanding consciousness with Buddhism, Jazz, and Poetry. Continue reading

Happy Birthday to Thich Nhat Hanh

Beloved teacher Thich Nhat Hanh is celebrating his 89th birthday on Sunday, October 11. We hope you will join us in wishing him a joyous birthday as well as sending him healing energy as he continues to recover.

We are honored to share his words of wisdom through our calendars. Every time someone sees the calendar hanging in their kitchen or workspace, we hope they get a rush of inspiration, a profound spiritual teaching, or a centering of calmness. A travel engagement calendar that someone carries from task to task or appointment to appointment can become a transformative tool in addition to tracking time. Thay’s words and inspiration can be a wonderful companion throughout our days.

Thich Nhat Hanh 2016 Paintings by Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin

Image from the Thich Nhat Hanh 2016 wall calendar featuring paintings by Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin.

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Half a Million Trees, Art, Commerce, and Service

UPDATE: As of December 2016, Amber Lotus Publishing has funded the planting of 650,000 trees. The trees planted in 2016 are about 31 times greater than the estimated 2,853 trees used to produce our 2016 product line (which includes our 2017 calendars). We have committed to planting an additional 50,000 trees in 2017.

Today our team is an extended family of ten people, including a martial artist, a jazz singer, bibliophiles, musicians, writers, belly dancers, gardeners, bicycle enthusiasts, plus a whole host of talented, creative, inspiring contributors. We strive to consistently offer products that are authentic and distinctive to bring you a sense of the eternal by nurturing your heart, renewing your soul, and expanding your mind.


During this holiday of giving thanks, we’re honored and excited to share this wonderful news (first published on Elephant Journal in November 2014):

What do art, commerce, service, and 500,000 trees have in common? They are all an integral part of the mission of Amber Lotus Publishing. We are an independent publisher of mind-body-spirit calendars and greeting cards that recently reached a significant milestone of 500,000 trees planted through our partnership with Trees for the Future (TREES). What began as a simple strategy in 2008 to offset the number of trees used to produce our products has morphed into a fundamental component of our ongoing mission. Continue reading