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Alan Oken - In Memoriam

Astrologer Alan Oken was the author of a dozen titles, including Soul-Centered Astrology, Rulers of the Horoscope, and Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology.  He wrote hundreds of articles for Dell Horoscope Magazine and many other national and international reviews and journals. He was a translator, teacher, global traveler, and international tour guide, who lectured in five languages and did natal horoscope readings in seven.

Oken started learning astrology at 23 years of age after a mystical experience.  Inspired by the theosophical astrologer Alan Leo, he combined astrology with theosophy and ancient wisdom teachings to create a comprehensive spiritual path.  He would go on to study with Isabel Hickey, and was a life-long student of the work and teachings of the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul.

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Gareth Knight - In Memoriam

Gareth Knight was a magician and ritualist who opened up ceremonial magic and ritual to a wider world.  He spent his lifetime unearthing and teaching the principles of magic as a spiritual discipline and method of self-realization.  He taught many students over his long career and is the author of thirty books, including Tarot and Magic, Experience of the Inner World, and Magic and the Power of the Goddess.

As a young man he became interested in the occult and trained in the esoteric school founded by Dion Fortune.  He was initiated into the higher mysteries in 1959, and published his first book, A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism, in 1965.

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Thich Nhat Hanh - In Memoriam

Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh was a world-renowned spiritual leader, author, poet, and peace activist. Among Buddhists he was widely considered second only to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the scope of his global influence. The author of some 100 books—75 in English—he founded nine monasteries and dozens of affiliated practice centers, and inspired the creation of thousands of local mindfulness communities. Nhat Hanh is credited with popularizing mindfulness and “engaged Buddhism”—a term he coined—teachings that not only are central to contemporary Buddhist practice but have also penetrated the mainstream.

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Best-Selling New Releases of 2021

These were the Top 15 best-selling new releases at Banyen in 2021. Perhaps some inspiration for your reading list in the new year!


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Best-Selling Books of 2021

Hi friends! These were the Top 15 best-selling books at Banyen in 2021. Lots of classics in there!


Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer


The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

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Desmond Tutu - In Memoriam

Desmond Mpilo Tutu was a South African Anglican bishop and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996, in both cases being the first black African to hold the position.

Tutu emerged as one of the most prominent opponents of South Africa’s apartheid system of racial segregation and white minority rule.  After apartheid’s fall, he was selected by Nelson Mandela to chair the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights abuses committed by both pro- and anti-apartheid groups. Tutu also campaigned for gay rights and spoke out on a wide range of subjects, among them his opposition to the Iraq War and his criticism of South African presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma.  As a result of his activism he won several awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Joan Didion - In Memoriam

Acclaimed American writer Joan Didion, an essayist and novelist who rose to prominence in the 1960s, has died at age 87 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Didion was a leading figure of the New Journalism movement in the 1960s and ‘70s, and she began her career with articles in Life magazine and other publications, capturing the unrest of American life in the postwar era. During her prolific career, she published multiple volumes of essays, nonfiction books, memoirs, novels and screenplays.

She was known for her distinctive prose, and rose to fame with essay collections such as 1968’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem and 1979’s The White Album. Her memoir The Year of Magical Thinking won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2005. In 2013, former President Barack Obama awarded Didion the National Humanities Medal, calling her “one of our sharpest and most respected observers of American politics and culture.”

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Malidoma Somé - In Memoriam

Malidoma Patrice Some was a spiritual teacher and healer who brought the wisdom traditions and ritual practices of West Africa to the Western world.
The name Malidoma can mean “to make friends with the stranger or enemy.” Following that sense, Malidoma served as an ambassador from the tribal realms of Africa to the world of modernity. He had access to traditional practices of wisdom and healing, and also had a rare intelligence that made him able to shape meaningful pathways between ancient ways of knowing and the needs and longings of contemporary cultures.

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bell hooks - In Memoriam

Author, professor and activist Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pen name bell hooks, published more than 30 books in her lifetime, covering topics including race, feminism, capitalism and intersectionality.

She adopted her maternal great-grandmother’s name as a pen name, since she so admired her, but used lowercase letters to distinguish herself from her family member. hooks’ first major work, Ain’t I a Woman? was published in 1981, and became widely recognised as an important feminist text. It was named one of the twenty most influential women’s books in the last 20 years by Publishers Weekly in 1992

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Ervin Laszlo Interview - The Wisdom Principles

In this interview with Banyen Books, Ervin Laszlo discusses his new book The Wisdom Principles: A Handbook of Timeless Truths and Timely Wisdom.

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Barbara Hand Clow - Revelations from the Source

Barbara Hand Clow speaks with about her new book, Revelations from the Source, an initiatic novel based on ancient teachings and astrological wisdom. This event was hosted by Banyen Books & Sound.

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