One of the most beautiful styles of spiritual art is no doubt the art inspired by Zen Buddhism. The planners and calendars on this page are all inspired by that Japanese tradition.
Zen Buddhism started as the Mahayana Chan tradition in China, but got it’s fame in the west through it’s Japanese variant: Zen. Inspiring gardens, poetry, and these days webdesign – Zen has become the buzz word for deceptively simple art and design. Lines, few colors – often black and white – a single flower, pebbles, water and rocks.
As a Buddhist tradition Zen also exemplifies simplicity: it is the path in which Awakening gets experienced in a flash, through the simple expedient of sitting meditation (zazen). Never mind that people sit for years before reaching Nirvana. Deceptively simple, perhaps that is the way to describe Zen in it’s many manifestations.
Zen Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh is so popular, his teachings are shared in engagement planners and wall calendars. All of these are beautiful and inspiring. The most famous Zen teacher of the moment is Thich Nhat Hanh. Second only to the Dalai Lama in fame, I think his books are more popular. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist teacher who knows how to translate Buddhism into something that can help YOU clean up your life right now.
Beautiful calendar with monthly Thich Nhat Hanh quotes to help you with your practice of mindfulness and peaceful living. The Taoist symbols, ancient imagery and the gentle reflection of nature meet and merge in Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin’s artwork.
Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is a teacher, scholar, and peace activist who lectures and writes on the practice of mindfulness and peaceful living. His compassionate understanding of the human condition makes him one of the world’s most admired leaders. Artwork by Adam Guan.
Thich Nhat Hanh is perhaps the most popular Buddhist teacher of our time. His style of Buddhism owes a lot to Zen Buddhism, which is his lineage. Still, his popular writings also use more general themes like the Buddhist eightfold path and that sort of thing.
JD Marston’s haunting black-and-white nature photography captures the essence of the Zen school of thought in this inspiring spiral-bound appointment calendar. Additional pages provide space for personal information and notes. Each page has a famous inspiring quote from a Zen Master.
Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it is dark
— Zen Proverb
Begin every day with a cup of clarity. Packed with truth, insight, and mind-expanding wisdom from both Eastern and Western writers, theZen Calendar is adapted from the powerful bestseller The Little Zen Companion.
Zenga meets Zen, inspiring art from Japanese Gitter-Yelen
The mind of Zen Buddhism is revealed through authentic sacred art and profoundly simple wisdom from the famous Shunryu Suzuki-roshi who brought zazen to the US. Zenga art, Zen-inspired brushstroke paintings, surprises and confounds our expectations.
When we look deeply into the other, we find ourselves – Honshin
In this wall calendar Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin shares the wisdom inspired by reading Zen to his cat.
Silence is a great source of strength
— Lao Tzu
Meditate in the moment with twelve Zen inspired images to inspire you throughout the year.
The Gift of Zen Wall Calendar
A soothing presence in a hurried world, Zen will take you to a quiet, serene place inhabited by exquisitely beautiful images and calming quotes that will inspire the mind and soothe the soul. The photography is at once colorful and simple, natural and vibrant. The simplicity and gentle beauty of this calendar’s Asian-influenced photography and philosophy is a welcome daily reminder of our own balanced, peaceful, and true nature.
Calendars and date books with a Zen theme. Some of these calendars have a specifically Zen Buddhist theme, others use Zen as an inspiration, but aren’t religious.
The mind is everything, What you think, you become
The inspiration of Zen Buddhism has permeated western culture to the extent that there are now dozens of Zen Calendars available.
There are roughly two kinds: the kind that only uses the Japanese Zen aesthetic, and those that are inspired by Zen Buddhism as a philosophy and way of life. In both genres the result varies from beautiful to stunning.
Whether you want the wisdom of Zen Buddhism to grace your home and your life, or you simply want to be inspired by the beauty of Zen simplicity, I think I’ve found what you’re looking for.