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 →
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.
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
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 →
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.
Image from the Thich Nhat Hanh 2016 wall calendar featuring paintings by Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin.
Painting by Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin from our Thich Nhat Hanh 2016 wall calendar. Click to see more.
The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival falls on the full moon of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar (September 27 this year).
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 →
During this holiday of giving thanks, we’re honored and excited to share this wonderful news (first published on Elephant Journal):
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 →