Sydney Banks

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Sydney Banks (1931-2009)

"Merging simple aphorisms with high abstraction, Banks calls himself a philosopher-theosophist (defining a theosopher as someone who learns from direct experience and “innate” knowledge). His adherents say his teaching has reached tens of thousands of people throughout the English-speaking world. His many admirers include big-name self-help authors, such as Richard Carlson, author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff — as well as psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, therapists, police officers, business people, doctors, mental-health professionals and others in the social services." [1]

According to his own web site: "Due to his profound insight and lifelong dedication to relieving human suffering, Mr. Banks has been nominated twice for the prestigious Templeton Prize and the West Virginia University created the Sydney Banks Institute for Innate Health. At Mr. Banks request, the Institute was later renamed the West Virginia Initiative for Innate Health." [2]


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  1. vancouversun Sydney Banks – wrote more books than he read, organizational web page, accessed June 13, 2013.
  2. Sydney Banks About, organizational web page, accessed June 13, 2013.