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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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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 - 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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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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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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