Michel Pascal is a French writer, meditation teacher, singer, photographer, and director of spiritual documentaries and plays. Before moving to the United States, Michel lived in the largest monastery in the Himalayas, Kopan Monastery in Nepal. The high master Chepa Dorje Rinpoche (descendant of Marpa) was his meditation teacher for many years. Michel has written 19 books in French about spirituality, including Instants sacrés with His Holiness the Dalai Lama (2008). His latest play, Saint Therese, was an international success having performed 1,000 shows. Michel’s last documentary, Lhamo, The Little Himalayan Girl (the first documentary to be filmed in a Buddhist nunnery), was one of the most successful airings on French television. Michel created a new way of meditation, specifically for daily stress. His unique brand of meditation is practiced at Google, Harvard University, Dharma Yoga Center of New York, Dharma Yoga Center of Los Angeles, and in various schools and large companies in the United States. Michel directs the first meditation program for prisoners, parolees, veterans, soldiers, drug and alcohol abusers in California, Arizona, and New Mexico for the Amity Foundation. Michel created a program for sexually abused women in Los Angeles at the Dharma Yoga Center. With Dr. Denise McDermott, Michel co-created the first Center For Psychiatry + Meditation for Daily Stress in Los Angeles. As a singer, Michel performed his Relax-Sing program at Carnegie Hall in New York. Paul Pesco, the famous guitarist (who has worked with Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and others), is producing a new CD of Michel’s unique voice and music. Michel is currently training and certifying a team of teachers in his method of meditation in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, and Johannesburg, among others. His new book, Meditation for Daily Stress, will be published April 2017 by Abrams.

 

Banana Pear Torte- GF + Vegan

Preheat oven to 350

 1 Tbs ground flax seeds, mixed with 1 Tbs. apple cider and 1 Tbs. water

 4 medium ripe bananas

 1/2 cup maple syrup

 1/4 cup organic oil ( safflower, canola or coconut oil)

 1 tsp vanilla extract

 2 tsp baking soda

 1 tsp. baking powder

 1 tsp. cinnamon

 1/2 tsp sea salt

 1-½ cups GF, Dairy Free flour

 ½ cup GF oats, ground

 3 ripe pears

 2 Tbs. brown sugar

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray tart pan with oil

2. In small bowl, dissolve the flax seed, water and apple cider vinegar. Let set for 5

minutes.

3. In large mixing bowl, mash the bananas, and mix with the maple syrup, oil and

vanilla. Add the flax seed.

4. In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients, the GF flour, GF oats, baking soda,

baking powder, cinnamon and salt

5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing well

6. Pour batter into tart pan

7. Peel and slice the pears, and then arrange in concentric circles around pan

8. Sprinkle with the brown sugar

9. Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean. Let cool before

cutting

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