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Thomas Hübl interview:

  Awakening and The Power of 'We'

In this interview, spiritual teacher Thomas Hübl speaks with Banyen on the potentials & challenges of Awakening in contemporary life, the value of collective practice, and the beauty of spontaneity.

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Lisa Iversen Interview

on Healing with Family Constellations

In this interview, psychotherapist and Systemic Family Constellations Facilitator, Lisa Iversen, speaks with Banyen about Family Systems Constellations and intergenerational healing. Lisa Iversen will present a Talk at Banyen on Thursday, April 16.

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Dr. Samantha Gray interview

on the inner alchemy of healing

Dr. Samantha Gray is a Naturopathic Physician, a Registered Acupuncturist, and the owner of Sage Clinic in Vancouver & Victoria. In this Banyen interview, Dr. Gray discusses healing as an alchemical process, shares key ingredients for cultivating optimal health, and discusses the sustaining philosophy of Sage Clinic. Samantha Gray will present a talk at Banyen on Sunday, March 29.

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In Memoriam - Ruth Denison

Ruth Denison was one of the first female dharma teachers in the West, renowned for pioneering an unconventional, body-centered approach to Buddhist practice and for launching hundreds of students on the Buddhist path.

In the early 1970s, when Denison was in her fifties, she received authorization to teach from the
Burmese Vipassana master U Ba Khin. She was one of only four Westerners he chose, and the sole woman. Ba Khin had instructed Denison for just a few months before declaring her “a natural.”

Over the next 40 years, Denison independently forged a style of dharma training that was at once eccentric and accessible. She conceived and led the first women-only meditation retreats, supported teachers of various traditions in founding their own centers, and became famous for her incredible life story, expansive generosity, and quirky creativity.

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Interview: Neale Donald Walsch

in Conversation. . .

In this exclusive Banyen interview, the bestselling author of The Conversations With God book series, Neale Donald Walsch, discusses common misunderstandings about God, describes his own personal life transformations, and shares 4 daily practices to remain open & present. Neale Donald Walsch
will be in Vancouver to lead a Workshop on Saturday, March 14. Tickets are available at banyen.

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Evan Thompson Interview

Philosophy of Mind

In this exclusive Banyen interview, renowned philosopher of the mind, Evan Thompson, discusses the his new book Waking, Dreaming, Being, the inspiration of a lucid dream, and the relationship
between cognitive science and contemplative knowledge.

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Sharon Kallis interview

 On Weaving Community through Collaborative Eco-Art

In this exclusive Banyen interview, Vancouver artis
t Sharon Kallis explores the creative and environmental inspiration behind her community-based art projects. Her new book is entitled Common Threads: Weaving Community through Collaborative Eco-Art.

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In Memoriam - Marshall Rosenberg

Marshall Rosenberg was an American psychologist. He was the creator of Nonviolent Communication, a communication process that “helps people to exchange the information necessary to resolve conflicts and differences peacefully.” He was the founder and former Director of Educational Services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication, an international non-profit organization.

“I know no way to describe the impact this man had on so many people —for his work and for his being, and for the extraordinary power the balance between these two unleashed. He was a beloved teacher to countless people on every continent, people whose hearts were touched and shone with the possibility his work made tangible.

“He brought an inestimable sense of meaning and the potential for transformation to every area of our  world. And he did this, at each moment, with utmost simplicity, humility and humanness.

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Baptist de Pape Interview

on 'The Power of the Heart'

In this Banyen interview, author and film producer Baptist de Pape discusses his own spiritual journey and the powerful message behind his book & film The Power of the Heart.

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Michael Stone Interview

Awakening in Family Life

In this exclusive Banyen interview, renowned author and spiritual teacher, Michael Stone, explores his new work, his recent life changes, and the role of family in spiritual life.


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In Memoriam - Michio Kushi

Michio Kushi helped to introduce modern macrobiotics to the United States in the early 1950s. He has lectured about philosophy,
spiritual development, health, food and diseases at conferences and seminars all over the world.

Following World War II Kushi studied in Japan with macrobiotic educator, George Ohsawa. After coming to America in 1949 Kushi and his wife, Aveline Kushi, founded Erewhon Natural Foods, the East West Journal, the East West Foundation, the Kushi Foundation, One
Peaceful World, and the Kushi Institute. They have written over 70 books.

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In Remembrance

It's our unique human gift to remember. And to re-member is to put something back together.
We're given life through our parents, as they were through their parents, all the way back. And when the natural flow of giving life is broken through the losses of war, we all feel and live with these holes in our human family fabric. We in Canada are descendants of many who fought fascism and slavery, and who died in that fight. May we remember what they died for... freedom to live in diversity and peace. Freedom to sing, dance, and feast together. Let's have a Remembrance Feast to honour the living and the dead. May our ancestors be fed with our loving today.

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