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Jamal Rahman - Sufi Stories of Laughter

Sufi teacher and author Jamal Rahman speaks about the Sufi path of the heart and the importance of laughter in awakening the soul. This delightful interview brings levity into spiritual teachings and brings insight into the cosmic joke of duality.

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Sarah Edmondson Interview - Escaping NXIVM Cult

In this Banyen conversation, Sarah Edmondson—whistleblower who denounced the cult of NXIVM founded by Keith Raniere—opens up about her experiences and healing journey, and describes some of the red flags of cult behaviour we can watch out for. She has released a new book entitled 'Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life'.

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Yogacharini Maitreyi Interview - The Essence of Yoga

In this Banyen conversation, Yogacharini Maitreyi illuminates the true meaning of—and debunks popular misconceptions about—Yoga and Tantra. Maitreyi discusses the qualities of commitment, spiritual maturity and discernment that help us to evolve along the path. She also delves into issues around the teacher-student relationship, including how to protect against false gurus who are abusing their power.

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Doña María Apaza Interview

Doña María Apaza, Andean Alto Misayoc Priestess, shares spiritual wisdom from the Q'ero culture and guidance for navigating the challenges of our contemporary world.

Doña María is accompanied by Maco Peña García (translating from Quechua to Spanish) and María Belen Meneses (translating from Spanish to English).

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Diana Beresford-Kroeger Interview - To Speak for the Trees

Diana Beresford-Kroeger, world recognized author, medical biochemist and botanist, speaks passionately about climate change and offers concrete actions we can do to help. She also explains the practice and healing benefits of forest bathing. Beresford-Kroeger brings together a visionary understanding of contemporary scientific research with traditional concepts of the ancient world.

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Caroline Myss Interview - Prayer, Guidance & Grace

Caroline Myss speaks about a profound crisis facing humanity: the crisis of faith and the loss of connection to the Divine. Myss articulates what it means to be on a spiritual path, the importance of understanding our connection to the whole, and the deeply personal and impersonal aspect of God. Invoking prayer, inner guidance, and grace, Myss offers hope for restoring the connection to our sacred self.

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Loch Kelly Interview - Effortless Meditation

Loch Kelly, spiritual teacher, author, and founder of Open-Hearted Awareness Institute, shares a radically different and simple approach to meditation- effortless mindfulness. Rooted in spacious awareness and connection to the heart, Loch offers glimpses into a state of being accessible to all and available in every moment. Students of meditation from beginners to long-time practitioners can tune in for a taste of something radically different and profoundly simple.

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Mingyur Rinpoche Interview - In Love with the World

In June 2011, Abbott of a monastery in India, Mingyur Rinpoche, left his esteemed post and spent four and a half years in a wandering Retreat. Living without money, clothing (other than the dhoti cloth on his body) or material comforts, he tested the boundaries of his meditation practice and found a freedom and happiness not bound by external conditions and comforts. In this illuminating video interview, Rinpoche speaks about his near-death experience and the importance of dying every day in order to embrace the impermanence of life and experience the luminosity of pure awareness.

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Carina Stone & Erin Robinsong Interview - Michael Stone's Life & Legacy

In this poignant and moving interview, Carina Stone, wife of Michael Stone, an internationally recognized Buddhist teacher whose life ended tragically and suddenly, speaks about Michael's latest book and the legacy of his life and teachings. She is joined by Erin Robinsong, editor of Michael's book 'The World Comes to You'. This is a tender interview about life, loss, spiritual practice, impermanence, and the enduring quality of love.

Carina Stone and Erin Robinsong will be speaking about Michael Stone's work and legacy at Banyen Books & Sound on August 21, 2019. Details here.

 

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Norman Fischer Interview - Powers of the Imagination

Buddhist wisdom and cognitive science teach that we create the world with our thoughts. This inspiring interview with beloved Buddhist teacher, poet, and author Norman Fisher is all about using the imagination to create a different world and reality that allows us to honor the truest part of our human existence- that we are here to love and serve others in all ways and for all time.

 

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