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Lesson from the Hive: An Interview with 'Bee Time' Author Mark Winston

In this Banyen interview Mark Winston, author of Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive, winner of the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction, talks about the fascinating world of bees. Mark Winston will offer a Free Public Talk & Book Signing at Banyen on Thursday, September 22.

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Nova Scotia Fisherman Skin Care

New at Banyen

East Coast to the West Coast Body Care

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Contest! Celebrating 2000+ Banyen Events

Banyen Books & Sound has hosted & sponsored more than 2,000 events over the past 25 years. It has been, and continues to be, an amazing journey!

In honour of this, we have a new page highlighting some of the remarkable event presenters Banyen has hosted. Join us for a trip down memory lane...

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Soundwinds Wind Art

New at Banyen
Sound the Winds & Colour the Skies

Add vibrant colour, mandalas, wind and kinetic power and you will have powerful and joyful dancing art. Ignite your homes, events, and ritual gatherings with these wind and colour sculptures.
All are 100% rain-resistant Nylon and made in Portland, Oregon.
Prices Range from $32 for a small rainbow Fusilli Spinner to $150 for the gorgeous 7-foot-high Blue Moon Banner.
Come and see the full selection in the store!
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Milaya Designs

New at Banyen

Milaya Jewellery

"One of a kind crystals made for one of a kind souls."

Beautifully handcrafted jewellery made with hand picked crystals and minerals.
Local artisan, Sara Scherbakov-Coutts draws her inspiration from all things natural to create unique wearable gems. All gems are held simply with either vermilion gold or silver allowing the essence of the crystal to shine through.
Come in and see this light and airy collection, perfect for spring and summer's warm weather.

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In Memoriam - John Bradshaw

John Bradshaw
June 29, 1933 – May 8, 2016

John Elliot Bradshaw was an American educator, counselor, motivational speaker, and author. He was active in the self-help movement, and was credited with popularizing such ideas as the “wounded inner child” and the dysfunctional family. He hosted a number of PBS television programs on topics such as addiction, recovery, codependency, and spirituality.

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Deborah MacNamara Interview:

In this Banyen interview, Dr. Deborah MacNamara discusses the relational developmental modal of Gordon Neufeld.

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In Memoriam - Sayadaw U Pandita

Sayadaw U Pandita was one of the foremost masters of Vipassana meditation. He trained in the Theravada Buddhist tradition of Myanmar. A successor to the late Mahasi Sayadaw, he taught many of the Western teachers of the Mahasi style of Vipassana. He was the abbot of Panditarama Meditation Center in Yangon, Myanmar.

U Pandita was born in Insein in greater Rangoon (now Yangon) during British colonial rule. He became a novice at age twelve, and ordained at age twenty. U Pandita began practicing Vipassana under the guidance of Mahasi Sayadaw beginning in 1950.  Soon after Mahasi Sayadaw died in 1982, U Pandita became the guiding teacher of the Mahasi Meditation Center. In 1991, he left that position, founding Panditarama Meditation Center in Yangon. There are now Panditarama branch centers in Myanmar, Nepal, Australia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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In Memoriam - Albert Low

Born in England, Albert Low moved to South Africa and then to Canada, at which time he became a student of first Hakuun Yasutani Roshi and then Philip Kapleau Roshi of the Rochester Zen Center, from whom he received authorization to teach.  He founded the Zen Center in Montréal in 1979.

He wrote numerous books not just on traditional Zen subjects but also on themes such as the corporate world and evolution.  He also maintained a website titled “Thoughts Along the Way,” where he posted monthly essays on meditation practice and related topics. He was awarded an honorary degree in the Humanities from Queens University in 2002.

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Lalitha Interview:

On the Baul Tradition and the Guru & Disciple Relationship

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