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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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Ticket Giveaway for I CAN DO IT! Seattle


Banyen has two full conference passes to give away (value $275 USD each!) for Hay House's inspiring I CAN DO IT! in Seattle, February 12-14th, 2016.

Featured presenters include Robert Holden, Nick Ortner, Cheryl Richardson, Caroline Myss, Sonia Choquette, James Van Praagh, Joe Dispenza, Anita Moorjani, Marianne Williamson, and many more…

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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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In Memoriam - David Bowie

David Bowie was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, painter and actor. He died peacefully at his New York home from liver cancer two days after his 69th birthday and the release of the album, Blackstar. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades whose influence was enormous; he changed the nature of rock music many times and was widely recognized by other musicians and critics as an innovator.  His explorations of gender and sexuality through his public personas were fundamental to the development of rights that people worldwide benefit from today. Bono of U2 stated: “It’s not exaggerating to say what Elvis meant to America, David Bowie meant to the U.K. and Ireland, it was that radical a shift in consciousness.” The German Foreign Office, and others, credit him with helping to bring down the Berlin Wall. His lifetime producer Tony Visconti commented: “His death was no different from his life — a work of art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. . . .

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