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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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Mark Matousek Interview - The Mystery of Mother Meera

In this interview, Mark Matousek discusses his latest book Mother of the Unseen World, an intimate portrait that includes exclusive new interviews with Mother Meera & describes his personal experience in her presence.

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In Memoriam - Michael Harner

Michael Harner was an anthropologist, educator and author. He is well-known for his 1980 book, The Way of the Shaman: A Guide to Power and Healing, which has been foundational in the development and popularization of Core Shamanism (as opposed to traditional Indigenous Shamanism) as a path of personal development.

After doing field research in the Ecuadorian Amazon, in 1960-61 he experimented with the Amazonian plant medicine, ayahuasca, and then with monotonous drumming.  In the early 1970s he started giving workshops to small groups in Connecticut, and in 1979 he founded the Center for Shamanic Studies in Norwalk, CT.  He eventually left academia in 1987 to devote himself full-time to this work.

While Shuar and Shipibo shamans told him that the only way to access the “really real” was to take psychedelic substances, Harner and his foundation knew and taught shamanic methods of drumming, visualisation and other non-psychedelic techniques.

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Dan Siegel Interview - The Science of Pure Awareness

"If you look at the neural correlates, the brain activity, that goes along with pure awareness and love, they are virtually indistinguishable."

In this interview, Daniel Siegel, pioneer in the field of intra-personal neurobiology, NY Times bestselling author, and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, speaks about the science of pure awareness. This brilliant dialogue shines a light on the cross-over between science, wisdom, and love.

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Elder Malidoma Somé Interview - Ancestral Wisdom

In this Banyen podcast interview, Dr. Malidoma Patrice Somé, West African shaman, Elder and author, speaks powerfully about the realm of the ancestors and the yearning of our ancestors to connect with those living, and to collaborate in the healing and beautification of our world. He also speaks about the role of our ancestors in the fulfillment of our life's purpose.

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Lindsay Sealey Interview:

Growing Strong Girls: social media, images of perfection, and the importance of connecting with our pre-teen daughters

In this interview Lindsay Sealey, author of Growing Strong Girls, discusses the importance of cultivating connection with our pre-teen daughters, the impact of social media, and contending with images of perfection.

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Caroline Myss Interview - The Power of Words

In this interview, Caroline Myss speaks with Banyen about the extraordinary power of words as tools to navigate the human experience and deconstruct unconscious projections. Caroline Myss is the author of Anatomy of the Spirit, Sacred Contracts, Invisible Acts of Power, and Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can. An internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness and mysticism, she holds degrees in journalism, theology, intuition, and energy medicine.

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Dr. Gabor Maté Interview - Compassionate Inquiry

Dr. Gabor Maté, renowned addiction expert and international speaker, discusses Compassionate Inquiry, a psycho-therapeutic method for facilitating physical, mental and emotional healing. Born out of necessity and rooted in the inseparability of mind and body, Dr. Maté highlights the importance of processing unresolved pain within ourselves as the foundation of helping others free themselves from the past, release trauma, and connect to a healing power within.

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New at Banyen - Eco-Green-Earth Body Care

Eco-Green-Earth Body Care

Whether you are a Mermaid or a Garden Sprite, we are proud to introduce two brand new "green" spa product lines at Banyen - Captain Blanketship and Matter. Come in and pamper yourself for the New Year.

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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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