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In Memoriam - Michael Stone

Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of Michael Stone, beloved local Buddhist teacher, yogi, author and social activist. Rest in Peace Michael. You will live in our hearts forever.

Michael Stone
1975 – July 16, 2017

Michael Stone, 42, was an activist, family man, and teacher of yoga and Buddhism. Based in western British Columbia, Stone uniquely brought his passions and training together at retreats, workshops, and sanghas—including Gravity, the Toronto sangha he founded in 2003; and True North Insight Vipassana in Ottawa, where he had served as Guiding Teacher—plus online and via his writing.

After spending nearly “a year alone in the wilderness learning about meditation practice”

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Frederick Leboyer

Frédérick Leboyer
November 1, 1918 – May 25, 2017

Frédérick Leboyer, a French physician whose natural birth methods were adopted in delivery rooms around the world, died on May 25 at his home in Vens, Switzerland.

In his seminal work, Birth Without Violence, Mr. Leboyer argued that the modern delivery room bowed to the needs of doctors, women and procedures while often overlooking those of a primary player in the birth: the baby.

Mr. Leboyer argued that babies feel pain, anxiety and suffering, and that the manner in which they come into the world shapes the adults they will become.  Thus in the Leboyer method, the delivery room is kept quiet and dimly lit, to spare the baby from sensory overload. The newborn is not held upside down and spanked, and is not whisked away to be examined directly after birth.

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Oh Canada

Oh Canada
 

In Celebration of Canada150 we are highlighting some of our beloved Canadian suppliers!

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In Memoriam - Robert M. Pirsig

Robert M. Pirsig
September 6, 1928 – April 14, 2017

Robert M. Pirsig was an American writer and philosopher who inspired generations to road trip across America with his “novelistic autobigraphy,” Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

He wrote just two books: Zen (subtitled An Inquiry Into Values) and Lila: An Inquiry into Morals. Zen was published in 1974 after being rejected by 121 publishing houses. “The book is brilliant beyond belief,” wrote Morrow editor James Landis before publication. “It is probably a work of genius and will, I’ll wager, attain classic status.”

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GETTING VISIONARY

An Interview with Artists Alex Grey & Allyson Grey


In this Banyen interview, visionary artists Alex Grey & Allyson Grey discuss the polarities of dark & light, CoSM, sources of inspiration, and the mission of visionary art.  

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In Memoriam - Richard Wagamese

Richard Wagamese
October 14, 1955 - March 10, 2017

Richard Wagamese was a celebrated Canadian novelist and former journalist who was Ojibwe of the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario.

His 2012 novel Indian Horse won the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit, and in 2015 he was the recipient of the Matt Cohen Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada for his lifetime of work.

Wagamese also wrote for the TV show North of 60. Prior to becoming a novelist he was a journalist with the Calgary Herald, with his articles often appearing in the Vancouver Sun and other Southam publications of that era.

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Banyen Reading Lists

Please enjoy these PDFs of the reading lists that we have been providing in the store for many years. They are regularly updated and your feedback is welcome.

We hope you find them useful!

To Browse our recommendations online, go to our We Recommend page or use the 'Filter by Recommended As' option on your search results. 

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Daniel Pinchbeck Interview:

Planetary Initiation, Donald Trump, Psychedelic Shamanism, Ecological Crisis, and the Return of Quetzalcoatl


In this Banyen interview author & consciousness explorer Daniel Pinchbeck discusses how we may be in the midst of a radical planetary initiation. The author spoke with us via Skype from New York.

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In Memoriam - Huston Smith

Huston Smith
May 31, 1919 – Dec 30, 2016

Huston Smith was an American scholar of comparative religions whose book, The World’s Religions, has sold over two million copies and remains one of the most popular introductions to comparative religion.

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Winter Solstice Reflections

Many traditions today call our attention to the roots of Christmas that are far older than the story of Jesus, traditions of renewal, and the return of light into a darkened world: the lighting of candles, evergreens, feasting and generosity -- are echoes of a past that extends many thousands of years further than we ever before imagined.

The Mesopotamians were first, it claims, with a 12-day festival of renewal, designed to help the god Marduk tame the monsters of chaos for one more year.

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