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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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In Memoriam - Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks was a neurologist and acclaimed author who explored some of the brain’s strangest pathways in best-selling case histories like The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.  He used his patients’ disorders as starting points for eloquent meditations on consciousness and the human condition.

As a medical doctor and a writer, Dr. Sacks achieved a level of popular renown rare among scientists. More than a million copies of his books are in print in the United States, his work was adapted for film and stage, and he received about 10,000 letters a year. (“I invariably reply to people under 10, over 90 or in prison,” he once said.)

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In Memoriam - Wayne Dyer

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer was a best-selling self-help guru and author of 30 books.  His first book, Your Erroneous Zones (1976), is one of the best-selling books of all time, with an estimated 35 million copies sold.

Dyer began as a high school guidance counselor in Detroit.  After his lectures on positive thinking and motivational speaking techniques at St. John’s University in New York attracted many students, a literary agent persuaded him to write his ideas down.  Dyer then quit his teaching job and began a publicity tour of the US.  He built on his success with lectures, a series of audiotapes, and regular publication of new books. 

Dyer’s message resonated with many in the New Thought Movement and beyond.  Although he initially resisted the tag “spiritual,” by the 1990s he had altered his message to include more components of spirituality.

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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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Caitlin Frost interview:

on Transforming Limiting Beliefs

Cailtin Frost, Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie, speaks with Banyen about her experiences practicing and sharing Byron Katie's transformative methods of self-awareness and inquiry. Caitlin Frost will speak at Banyen on Sunday, May 8 and lead an in-depth program at Hollyhock September 7-11.

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