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Top 10 Gifts Items at Banyen

Here are Banyen's current 10 most popular gift items. Some are newer, while others are Banyen standards. Come in to see all that we have!

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Banyen's Top 10 Books in 2017

Here are Banyen's top ten best-selling books in 2017. Some are classics and some are new surprises. May they inspire your reading list for the coming year!

 
 


 

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A Letter from Clarissa Pinkola Estés

My Friends, Do Not Lose Heart

We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.
 
You are right in your assessments. The luster and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking.

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A Short History of MantraVani’s Christmas in the Round/Winter Solstice Celebration


Christmas in the Round & Winter Solstice Celebration began 25 years ago with the MantraVani Orchestra. The first concert was at Kits Neighbourhood House, and this year the MantraVani Orchestra is happy to return to for this 25th Anniversary Celebration!

The word “Vani” in Hindi refers to sound, voice and expression. “In The Round” is an ancient music/theatrical concept, where the musicians are seated in a circle in the center of the room and the audience sits in concentric circles out from the center. This formation creates an atmosphere of unity and connection to the group and the music.

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Stephen Jenkinson - Die Wise Manifesto for Sanity & Soul

“To grieve is part of the human experience. That's the great dare of being human and being conscious- to be willing to love something that's not going to last; that's a grief-endorsed understanding of life.” Author, teacher, activist, ceremonialist, and founder of Orphan Wisdom School, Stephen Jenkinson muses about life, death, grief, the natural world and the condition of being awake. This profound, provocative, and deeply insightful podcast is an invitation to explore the depths of our existential loneliness and be awake to the inter-connectedness of life so that we can live and die wise and our existence contributes to sustaining life for future generations.

 

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Johann Hari Interview - Rethinking Addiction & the War on Drugs

NY Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist, Johann Hari makes a compelling case that we've got it all wrong about addiction and the war on drugs. Travelling all over the world in search of answers to the most basic questions about addiction, Hari finds inspiration and hope in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, and the progressive policies of Portugal and Switzerland. This is a fascinating look at the face of addiction and stories of people whose lives have been transformed by the war on drugs.

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Miron Violet Flame Glass

 

Miron Violet Flame Glass

This potent five tiered energy system was developed by

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New at Banyen - Sound Essence

This potent five tiered energy system was developed by

Sound Essence

This potent five tiered energy system was developed by

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James Maskalyk Interview:

Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine

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Simrit Kaur Interview - The Power of Voice & Sound

We invite you to listen to Banyen's podcast conversation with rewnowned chant & world music artist SIMRIT KAUR on the power of voice & sound.

Question: "Have the practices of Naad Yoga helped you connect with the Divine?"

Simrit: "Yes, most definitely. When I use my voice, that’s the most unobstructed view and feeling of the Divine. I’m in an altered state most of the time."

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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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