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In Memoriam - Stephen Levine

Meditation teacher and elder brother Stephen Levine has passed away at his home in the mountains of New Mexico. He helped so many of us open our hearts deeper and wider over the last 40 years.

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Barbara Hand Clow Interview:

On Revelations of the Ruby Crystal


Barbara Hand Clow, teacher and Mayan Calendar researcher, is the author of many titles including The Pleiadian Agenda, Alchemy of Nine Dimensions, and The Mayan Code. In this interview, she spoke with Banyen about the themes and process behind her new novel Revelations of the Rubt Crystal. Barbara will give a public talk on Friday, February 19th at Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace.

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Bearing Witness: Honouring our Ancestors at Auschwitz

January 27th is Holocaust Memorial Day. In honour of this day, the memories it calls forth, and the importance of the painful lessons from our shared human history, may we all take a moment to remember our ancestors and, hopefully, dispel the darkness with a spark of love.

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Gabor Maté Interview:

Understanding Addiction


In this Banyen interview Dr. Gabor Maté, author of In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, illuminates essential questions about addiction and substance abuse. Gabor Maté will present a full-day program on Saturday January 30, together with Diederik Wolsak and Sat Dharam Kaur. The workshop is a fundraiser for Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path of Recovery, an innovative 16-session recovery program.

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Marianne Williamson Interview:

On Forgiveness, Miracles, and Love as a Global Force


Marianne Williamson, #1 New York Times bestselling author and spiritual lecturer, spoke with Banyen on the themes of love, forgiveness, and miracles. Marianne Williamson is the author of several books including A Return to Love, Everyday Grace, and A Year of Miracles.
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Doug Duncan Sensei & Catherine Pawasarat Interview:

On Integrating Eastern & Western Awakening Traditions, The Hero's Journey, and Dharma-Astrology

Dharma Teachers Doug Duncan Sensei and Catherine Pawasarat are the founders of Kyoto-based Dharma Japan and Clear Sky Meditation & Study Center in Eastern British Columbia. In this Banyen interview, Doug Sensei and Catherine spoke with us about their innovative teaching work, the blending of Eastern and Western traditions, and the integration of the shadow aspects of our psyches for transformation.

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August 2015 Blossoming Newsletter

Dear fellow flowers in the growing garden of life,

How's your blossoming going these days? Is there some fruit starting to form in your being, as midsummer's festivals are upon us? May the garden of your being be well watered from the great energy springs in which our earth dances like a firefly. And being in a poetic mood, I found this lovely verse from Dante, who lived in Italy eight hundred years ago. It offers one view of the great solar "transmission" of summer in the soul.
 

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Charities We Love - EMBERS

Banyen Books & Sound has been a long-time admirer of the amazing work performed by local charity EMBERS (Eastside Movement for Business & Economic Renewal Society) and its Founder and CEO Marcia Nozick.

EMBERS is a Vancouver charity organization focused on community economic development. Their hard work contributing to a "Healthy City For All" was recognized on July 6, 2015 when they were awarded a 2015 City of Vancouver Award of Excellence. Congratulations EMBERS!

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New at Banyen - Sowiloo Chainmaille Jewellery

Step into history with our new beautiful collection of Medieval inspired Chainmaille jewellery. Sowiloo is the Nordic Rune for the Sun and represents consciousness and the highest force in oneself. The Sun is about positivity, healing, and evolution along the soul's path. The artist, Christina, is inspired by Nature and by History and has always loved anything medieval. Now chainmaille, originally used as armour in warfare, has been made into something beautiful and feminine.

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Sharon Salzberg interview:

on the Practice of Lovingkindness


Sharon Salzberg is co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been guiding meditation retreats worldwide for over 40 years, and is the author of several celebrated books including Lovingkindness, Heart as Wide as the World, and Real Happiness.
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David Loy interview:

on Buddhism's encounter with modernity


David R. Loy is an author, professor, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. In this interview, he spoke with us about his experience as a draft resister, his first encounter with Dharma, and the role of social activism in Buddhism today.
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