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Banyen's Top 10 Books in 2019

Here are Banyen's top ten best-selling books in 2019. Some are classics and some are new surprises. May they inspire your reading list for the coming year!

 
 


 

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Caroline Myss Interview - Prayer, Guidance & Grace

Caroline Myss speaks about a profound crisis facing humanity: the crisis of faith and the loss of connection to the Divine. Myss articulates what it means to be on a spiritual path, the importance of understanding our connection to the whole, and the deeply personal and impersonal aspect of God. Invoking prayer, inner guidance, and grace, Myss offers hope for restoring the connection to our sacred self.

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Loch Kelly Interview - Effortless Meditation

Loch Kelly, spiritual teacher, author, and founder of Open-Hearted Awareness Institute, shares a radically different and simple approach to meditation- effortless mindfulness. Rooted in spacious awareness and connection to the heart, Loch offers glimpses into a state of being accessible to all and available in every moment. Students of meditation from beginners to long-time practitioners can tune in for a taste of something radically different and profoundly simple.

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New at Banyen - Island Essentials


Now at Banyen, we are inspired to share this clean, impeccable and beautiful collection of soaps and creams. Island Essentials is a natural, eco-friendly line of body and hair care. Manufactured on Vancouver Island BC, the range began with their much loved bar soap in 2006, and from there has grown and developed over the years. Make bold steps towards better choices—all of their natural products are synthetic fragrance free! We are dedicated to providing a loved, affordable, natural and eco-friendly alternative for you, your family, and the world we all share.

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In Memoriam - Claudio Naranjo

Claudio Naranjo
November 24, 1932 – July 12, 2019

Claudio Benjamín Naranjo Cohen was a Chilean psychiatrist and pioneer in the integration of psychotherapy, spirituality, and psychedelic experiences. He was a developer of the Enneagram of Personality, founder of the Seekers After Truth (SAT) Institute, and author of numerous books on psychotherapy, consciousness, personality, and education, including The Healing Journey.

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Mingyur Rinpoche Interview - In Love with the World

In June 2011, Abbott of a monastery in India, Mingyur Rinpoche, left his esteemed post and spent four and a half years in a wandering Retreat. Living without money, clothing (other than the dhoti cloth on his body) or material comforts, he tested the boundaries of his meditation practice and found a freedom and happiness not bound by external conditions and comforts. In this illuminating video interview, Rinpoche speaks about his near-death experience and the importance of dying every day in order to embrace the impermanence of life and experience the luminosity of pure awareness.

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Carina Stone & Erin Robinsong Interview - Michael Stone's Life & Legacy

In this poignant and moving interview, Carina Stone, wife of Michael Stone, an internationally recognized Buddhist teacher whose life ended tragically and suddenly, speaks about Michael's latest book and the legacy of his life and teachings. She is joined by Erin Robinsong, editor of Michael's book 'The World Comes to You'. This is a tender interview about life, loss, spiritual practice, impermanence, and the enduring quality of love.

Carina Stone and Erin Robinsong will be speaking about Michael Stone's work and legacy at Banyen Books & Sound on August 21, 2019. Details here.

 

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In Memoriam - Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier
September 10, 1928 – May 7, 2019

Jean Vanier, CC, GOQ, was a Canadian Catholic philosopher, theologian, and humanitarian. In 1964 he founded L’Arche, an international federation of communities for people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them; and he co-founded Faith and Light with Marie-Hélène Mathieu, a Christian charity for people with learning disabilities. Today L’Arche (“the ark”) has 150 communities in 38 countries, supporting 3,500 people with learning disabilities with day services as well as residential homes. Most of the communities are small and residents often stay for decades.

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New at Banyen - The Hallowed Apothecary

Now at Banyen, we are thrilled to offer you a beautiful natural body care line from The Hallowed Apothecary, a Vancouver-based business.

The Apothecary Residents collection will be available regularly and includes: Sunshine Cream & Oil, Superhero Deodorant, Healers Balm, Dreamers Oil, Pegasus Oil and Surya Salve. We will also be offering limited batches of seasonally inspired concoctions. These deeply nutritious products are subtly fragrant as they are based in herbal medicine rather than essential oils.  

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In Memoriam - Barbara Marx Hubbard

Barbara Marx Hubbard
December 22, 1929 – April 10, 2019

"It’s strange to use the words ‘untimely death’ about someone who would have been 90 in December, but there was nothing old about Barbara. She was one of the most youthfully optimistic people I’ve ever known.

In one sense, she was born at the wrong time, and came of age when the role of women was relegated to being homemaker and caregiver.

In the midst of Barbara’s adolescence, the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.  She maintained that that event was perhaps the defining moment of her life. She realized that the enormous destructive human potential that had produced the atomic bomb could be turned on its head and mined for our greatest creative potential.

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Norman Fischer Interview - Powers of the Imagination

Buddhist wisdom and cognitive science teach that we create the world with our thoughts. This inspiring interview with beloved Buddhist teacher, poet, and author Norman Fisher is all about using the imagination to create a different world and reality that allows us to honor the truest part of our human existence- that we are here to love and serve others in all ways and for all time.

 

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Deva Premal & Miten Interview: Sacred Chant & Divine Light

In this new Banyen interview, Deva Premal and Miten speak about their life together touring the world on the wings of sacred music, and the blessings it brings to them and to all those to gather and sing together.

A testament to the healing power of prayer and community, Miten speaks about his recovery from open heart surgery and the insights from having a second chance to live, love, and sing.

This is an inspirational video about the power of sacred chant as a portal to Divine Light.

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