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In Memoriam - Michael Stone

Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of Michael Stone, beloved local Buddhist teacher, yogi, author and social activist. Rest in Peace Michael. You will live in our hearts forever.

Michael Stone
1975 – July 16, 2017

Michael Stone, 42, was an activist, family man, and teacher of yoga and Buddhism. Based in western British Columbia, Stone uniquely brought his passions and training together at retreats, workshops, and sanghas—including Gravity, the Toronto sangha he founded in 2003; and True North Insight Vipassana in Ottawa, where he had served as Guiding Teacher—plus online and via his writing.

After spending nearly “a year alone in the wilderness learning about meditation practice”

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Frederick Leboyer

Frédérick Leboyer
November 1, 1918 – May 25, 2017

Frédérick Leboyer, a French physician whose natural birth methods were adopted in delivery rooms around the world, died on May 25 at his home in Vens, Switzerland.

In his seminal work, Birth Without Violence, Mr. Leboyer argued that the modern delivery room bowed to the needs of doctors, women and procedures while often overlooking those of a primary player in the birth: the baby.

Mr. Leboyer argued that babies feel pain, anxiety and suffering, and that the manner in which they come into the world shapes the adults they will become.  Thus in the Leboyer method, the delivery room is kept quiet and dimly lit, to spare the baby from sensory overload. The newborn is not held upside down and spanked, and is not whisked away to be examined directly after birth.

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In Memoriam - Robert M. Pirsig

Robert M. Pirsig
September 6, 1928 – April 14, 2017

Robert M. Pirsig was an American writer and philosopher who inspired generations to road trip across America with his “novelistic autobigraphy,” Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

He wrote just two books: Zen (subtitled An Inquiry Into Values) and Lila: An Inquiry into Morals. Zen was published in 1974 after being rejected by 121 publishing houses. “The book is brilliant beyond belief,” wrote Morrow editor James Landis before publication. “It is probably a work of genius and will, I’ll wager, attain classic status.”

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In Memoriam - Richard Wagamese

Richard Wagamese
October 14, 1955 - March 10, 2017

Richard Wagamese was a celebrated Canadian novelist and former journalist who was Ojibwe of the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario.

His 2012 novel Indian Horse won the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit, and in 2015 he was the recipient of the Matt Cohen Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada for his lifetime of work.

Wagamese also wrote for the TV show North of 60. Prior to becoming a novelist he was a journalist with the Calgary Herald, with his articles often appearing in the Vancouver Sun and other Southam publications of that era.

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In Memoriam - Huston Smith

Huston Smith
May 31, 1919 – Dec 30, 2016

Huston Smith was an American scholar of comparative religions whose book, The World’s Religions, has sold over two million copies and remains one of the most popular introductions to comparative religion.

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In Memoriam - Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen
Sept 21, 1934 - Nov 7, 2016

Leonard Cohen was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen was inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour.

“Leonard Cohen was the most beautiful man I have ever known.  His company was quickening in every way. The elegance and the seductiveness were the least of it. The example of his poise was overwhelming, more an achievement than a disposition, and much more than an affair of style.

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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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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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