Intimate interviews with the world's most influential authors, wisdom teachers, wellness experts, psychologists, philosophers, creatives, cultural innovators, and activists. Banyen Books is Canada's leading bookstore in spirituality and healing for 50 years. www.banyen.com
Episode 71: Martín Prechtel ~ The Mare and the Mouse (Interview 2/2)
Martín Prechtel is widely recognized as a profound and beloved teacher for our times. Raised in the Tzutujil Maya shamanic tradition, he has dedicated his life to the preservation and promulgation of indigenous spirituality. Sharing his deep shamanic wisdom within a grand overview of human history, Prechtel shows us how we can reconnect with the unique and unsuspected manifestations of our own sacred selves. He is the author of several contemporary classics, including The Smell of Rain on Dust and Secrets of the Talking Jaguar. His work has been highly praised by the likes of Clarissa Pinkola Éstes, Coleman Barks, and Mary Oliver. In this first of two Banyen interview, Martín discusses his new book, The Mare and the Mouse.
Episode 70: Mark Epstein, M.D. ~ The Zen of Therapy
Mark Epstein, M.D., speaks with Banyen Books about his new book, The Zen of Therapy. Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy, including Thoughts without a Thinker, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart, Going on Being, Open to Desire, Psychotherapy without the Self and The Trauma of Everyday Life. He is a contributing editor to Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University. The Zen of Therapy is available at https://www.banyen.com/
Episode 69: Stephen Cope ~ The Dharma in Difficult Times
Stephen Cope speaks with Banyen on his new book. The Dharma in Difficult Times: Finding Your Calling in Times of Loss, Change, Struggle, and Doubt. How do we make sense of our lives when our world seems to be falling apart? In this beautifully written book, scholar and teacher Stephen Cope shows that crises don’t have to derail us from our purpose—they can actually help us to find our purpose and step forward as our best selves. In the spirit of Pema Chödrön’s When Things Fall Apart, The Dharma in Difficult Times is required reading for anyone forging a path through crisis. Stephen Cope is a bestselling author and scholar who specializes in the relationship between the Eastern contemplative traditions and Western depth psychology. Among his seminal works in this area are Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, The Wisdom of Yoga, The Great Work of Your Life, and Deep Human Connection. For almost 30 years, Stephen has been Scholar-in-Residence at the renowned Kripalu Center—the largest center for the study and practice of yoga in the Western world. Stephen is also the founder and former director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living—one of the world’s most influential research institutes examining the effects and mechanisms of yoga and meditation. In its 25th anniversary edition, “Yoga Journal” named him one of the most influential thinkers, writers, and teachers on the current American yoga scene.
Episode 68: Diet for a Small Planet (50th Anniversary) ~ Frances Moore Lappé & Anna Lappé
Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé discuss Diet for a Small Planet (Revised and Updated), 50th Anniversary Edition. The book is available here: https://www.banyen.com/ In 1971, Diet for a Small Planet revolutionized the meaning of our food choices. It broke new ground, revealing how our everyday acts are a form of power to create health for ourselves and our planet. The book sold more than 3 million copies and sparked a food revolution. Now in this revised and updated 50th-anniversary edition, Lappé goes even deeper: sharing her personal journey, and showing us how plant-centered eating can help restore our damaged ecology, address the climate crisis, and move us toward real democracy. Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of twenty books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment, beginning with the three-million-copy Diet for a Small Planet in 1971. She has been featured on the Today show, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, the CBC and BBC, and other news outlets. Frances is the cofounder of three organizations including the Oakland-based think tank Food First and the Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter, Anna Lappé. The pair also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide. Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, a respected advocate for food justice and sustainability, and an advisor to funders investing in food system transformation. A recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award, Anna is the co-author or author of three books and the contributing author to fourteen others. Anna’s work has been translated internationally and featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Oprah Magazine, among many other outlets. She was named one of TIME’s “eco” Who’s-Who.
Episode 67: Judith Orloff, MD ~ Empath's Empowerment
Judith Orloff, MD, speaks with Banyen Books about The Empath's Empowerment Deck. Judith Orloff MD, is the New York Times bestselling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide, Thriving as an Empath, and Emotional Freedom. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath and intuitive healer, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with leading-edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff has been called the “Godmother of the Empath Movement.” Her work has been featured on the Today Show; CNN; O, The Oprah Magazine; The New York Times; and USA Today. She has spoken at the American Psychiatric Association, Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit, and Google. Dr. Orloff offers a limited number of Zoom or phone sessions for those wanting to awaken empathy and intuition.
Episode 66: Jane Hirshfield ~ Poetry & Conversation
Celebrated poet Jane Hirshfield joins Banyen Books for an hour of poetry and conversation on her new book, Ledger: Poems. Jane Hirshfield is one of our most celebrated contemporary poets. Her books have received the Poetry Center Book Award, the California Book Award, and the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry and have been finalists for The National Book Critics Circle Award and England’s T. S. Eliot Prize and long-listed for the National Book Award. Hirshfield has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets, and she presents her work at literary and interdisciplinary events worldwide. Her poems appear in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, Harper’s Magazine, and Poetry, and have been selected for ten editions of The Best American Poetry. She is a 2019 elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Excellent interview with Malidoma Some....
Wonderful encapsulation of his wisdom.