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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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John Michael Greer Interview:

Dark Age America: Climate Change, Cultural Collapse, and the Hard Future Ahead

In this Banyen interview John Michael Greer, author of over thirty books, including his new book Dark Age America, argues that we are now seeing the signs of an impending decline and collapse of industrial civilization and culture. He paints a vivid and dark picture of the road ahead...

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In Memoriam - Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen
Sept 21, 1934 - Nov 7, 2016

Leonard Cohen was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen was inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour.

“Leonard Cohen was the most beautiful man I have ever known.  His company was quickening in every way. The elegance and the seductiveness were the least of it. The example of his poise was overwhelming, more an achievement than a disposition, and much more than an affair of style.

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Tune into the key of love with Deepak Chopra & Conan O'Brien

Tune In to the LOVE Tuner

The Lovetuner is a small one tone flute pendant that is perfectly tuned to 528Hz known as “The Love Frequency” by Dr. Horowitz.  It is created in Austria by a German musical instrument maker whose fine craftsmanship and valued traditions are practiced. 

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Matt Kahn Interview:

Whatever Arises, Love That

In this Banyen interview Matt Kahn, spiritual teacher, empathic healer, and bestselling author of Whatever Arises, Love That, illuminates essential questions of the spiritual life: how to love whatever arises, listening to our inner versus outer spiritual guides, the old and new spiritual paradigms, the relationship between love and sexual energy, and more.

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