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Doug Duncan Sensei & Catherine Pawasarat Interview: Wasteland to Pureland

Archariya Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat, co-founders of the Clear Sky Retreat Center and authors of Wasteland to Pureland, speak about spiritual awakening as the only sustainable mindset in a universe that appears chaotic and for a planet that is in crisis. Offering practical tips gained from their experience in setting up a Retreat Center, Doug Sensei and Catherine offer insights from the path of karma yoga and the wisdom that comes from integrating spiritual life with the realities of modern-day living. This is a delightful inteview about shedding limitations of the spiritual life and continuously cultivating wholesome mindstates that contribute to harmony and happiness for all beings on this planet.

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John Lockley Interview - Way of the Leopard

John Lockley, renowned sangoma/South African Shaman, speaks with Farah Nazarali in this Banyen interview. John Lockley is a fully initiated traditional sangoma in the Xhosa tribe of South Africa – the same tribe as Nelson Mandala and Desmond Tutu. He uniquely bridges African spirituality with Zen and Western Psychology. Leopard Warrior, his bestselling new book, is published by Sounds True, with a forward by Elder Malidoma Somé.

John Lockley will be offering a book talk at Banyen Books on Wednesday, September 19th, and a two day ceremony at Bridge and Enrich in Vancouver, September 22-23, 2018. Event info:

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New at Banyen - Ayurvedic Healing Oils

Padmashri Massage Oils are a line of traditional Ayurvedic massage oils made by Sewanti, locally in Vancouver. Its founder, Neelam’s faith in Ayurvedic medicine is deeply rooted in personal experience. Sewanti Ayurvedic Series is the fulfillment of her desire to share what she has learned on her healing journey. The word Sewa means service and Sewanti is service with devotion. Through her company, Neelam is committed to provide the highest-quality, authentic Ayurvedic products available. It is her desire to bring Ayurveda to the western world as well as to contribute towards the movement of Ayurveda in North America.

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In Memoriam - Aretha Franklin

For decades Aretha Franklin has been celebrated as one of the greatest American singers of any genre, who helped give birth to soul and redefined the American musical tradition. In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She held the record for the most songs on the Billboard Top 100 for 40 years. Rolling Stone ranked her the greatest singer of all time on its top 100 list, calling her “a gift from God.”

Aretha recorded “Respect” on Valentine’s Day, 1967. It soon became the soundtrack of the civil rights movement. A year later she would sing at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral. The Reverend Jesse Jackson said Aretha anonymously helped fund the civil rights movement for decades. He said, “When Dr. King was alive, several times she helped us make payroll. … Aretha has always been a very socially conscious artist, an inspiration, not just an entertainer.”

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New at Banyen - Lotus Wraps

Lotus Wraps are an easy, secure, and comfortable tool in which to sit and stretch while being deeply supported. They are locally designed out of a strongly woven natural linen. Earth to Ethers lovingly makes the wraps in small batches, and all of their packaging is either recyclable or compostable.

The Lotus Wrap was born during its founder Kara’s sitting meditation practice. She felt that to be able to focus more on her inner state, she first had to address the distraction of her uncomfortable outer state. Now, the supportive Lotus Wraps are being used, both for sitting and yoga practices. They can also be used as a chair around the home or in the park. Enclosed with every Lotus Wrap, there is an easy-to-use guide. In August, we welcome these wraps into our store. Come in and try them out!

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In Memoriam - Marion Woodman

Marion Woodman was a Canadian mythopoetic author, poet, analytical psychologist, and leader of the women’s movement.  She was born in London, Ontario, and taught high school English for more than twenty years. Suffering from anorexia, she took a sabbatical and traveled to India and England, finally ending up at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zürich where she trained to be an analyst.

Marion Woodman spent decades shaking up the psychoanalytic world with her contentious call to heed the impulses of the soul locked within the body.  She became one of the biggest names in human potential circles, and her books have sold more than 320,000 copies. To many Woodman is best known for her videotaped workshop with Robert Bly, the pioneer of the men’s movement. Called Bly & Woodman: On Men & Women, the series has been hailed for spanning the chasm between the sexes.

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Vasant Lad Interview - Ayurveda: The Science of Longevity

In this Banyen podcast interview, Dr. Vasant Lad offers simple, practical tools in combating anxiety and depression. Dr. Lad also speaks about the effect of digital technology on the pineal gland and the importance of spending time in Nature. Finally, Dr. Lad connects listeners with the sacred through breathing and the mantra of breathing inviting us all to enter the gap between inhale and exhale and enter the doorway into the eternal.

Listen to Vasant Lad's interview here:

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Bruce Lipton Interview - Consciousness, Evolution, & the 6th Mass Extinction

Scientist, author, and international speaker, Bruce Lipton passionately talks about how human survival on planet Earth depends on understanding our essential nature as creators. This thought-provoking interview links climate change and turmoil in the ecosystem with subconscious beliefs that perpetuate victimhood, conflict, and deny our power as creators. Uprooting these beliefs and bringing consciousness into our thoughts and behaviours hold the promise that we can survive the six mass extinction and create heaven on Earth.

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New at Banyen - Sustainable Solutions

The Last Straw

With Vancouver’s groundbreaking ban of plastic straws and foam cups (starting June 1, 2019), we are excited to let you know that we have some sustainable solutions that will help keep this world green: Stainless Steel Straw with brush $7.95, Bulk goods bags assorted sizes (5pk) $36.95, Bamboo toothbrush $6.95, and S'well Traveller mug $45.

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New at Banyen - Vegan Leather Bags

Teak Leaf Leather

We are excited to introduce new vegan leather bags. Tamaz Teak Leaf Leather is a traditional Thai handmade art. This innovative material is used to handcraft products that are unique, water resistant, strong and durable. We use high quality zippers and source the Teak leaves sustainably. No trees are harmed in the process of leaf collection. Each piece is one of a kind, vegan and handmade with love. All products are Fair Trade and Peta-Approved Vegan. Come in and take a look at these eco-chic bags.

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Interview: Radical Dharma - Rev. Angel Kyodo Sensei

“Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.”
Maverick spiritual teacher and author, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei speaks eloquently about Dharma, social justice, truth and love. Kyodo sensibly advocates for Dharma that leaves nothing out of its inquiry so that as practitioners, we can face the uncomfortable truth of present day racial injustice, gender inequalities and social injustice. Bridging the inner and outer, Kyodo delivers a complex, nuanced, and discerning understanding of right action.

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