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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.

Join Mingyur Rinpoche for a live public talk and daylong teaching in Vancouver, June 21-22, 2019.  Details here.


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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.

Deva Premal & Miten will be performing with Manose in Vancouver on May 25th.:

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In Memoriam - Ralph Metzner

Ralph Metzner
May 18, 1936 – March 14, 2019

Ralph Metzner was a psychotherapist who began his career working with Timothy Leary on controversial studies at Harvard involving LSD and other drugs, and then spent a lifetime exploring and writing about expanded consciousness in all sorts of cultures and settings.

Dr. Metzner was a graduate student at Harvard when he began working with Dr. Leary and Richard Alpert (who later took the name Ram Dass), who were clinical psychology professors and had begun exploring therapeutic and other uses for LSD, psilocybin and similar hallucinogens. The three later collaborated on The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (1964), one of the core texts of the emerging psychedelic movement.

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In Memoriam - Raven Grimassi

Raven Grimassi
April 12, 1951 – March 10, 2019

Gary Charles Erbe, known as Raven Grimassi, was an American scholar of paganism and author of over 20 books on the subjects of Wicca, Stregheria, and neo-paganism. Descended from Italian witches on his mother’s side, he popularized Stregheria, the religious practice of witchcraft with roots in Italy. Grimassi was a practitioner of witchcraft for over 45 years.

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Mirabai Starr Interview - Invoking Women Mystics

With poetic language, inter-spiritual teacher, author, mother and lover of the Beloved, Mirabai Starr takes listeners on a journey invoking the awe of the feminine. Calling on women mystics of all traditions and Lineages, Mirabai weaves a tapestry of stories that have relevant lessons for our modern, broken world. This is a tender interview with a fierce message to rise up, love more, and give ourselves completely to the Beloved.

Mirabai will be speaking on 'Wild Mercy: Living the Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics' at Banyen Books on April 5th:

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New at Banyen - Kansa Wands

The Kansa Wand (trans. Bronze) comes from an Ayurvedic medicinal practice and has been used for centuries in healings. Our wands are Ayurvedic grade, bronze, domed massage tools with Sheesham wood handles. They promote balancing of the meridian points and chakras, and also balance ones pH levels while releasing excess acid from the body. They are a soothing and potent way to promote relaxation, destressing, circulation, lymph node drainage and rejuvenation. The Kansa Wands come in four sizes that correspond to the body: Foot, Body, Face and the Marma-Acupressure point. We also carry many organic massage and essential oils to use with the wands. Single wand $60 or set of 4 for $225.

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In Memoriam - John Welwood

John Welwood
March 12, 1943 – January 17, 2019

John Welwood was an American clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, teacher, and author, known for integrating psychological and spiritual concepts. He was the Director of the East/West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and an associate editor of Journal of Transpersonal Psychology.  He is known for coining the term “spiritual bypassing” to describe the use of spiritual ideas and practices to avoid unresolved emotional and psychological challenges.

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