About us

Our Story

November 2020 Update— After 31 years as a brick-and-mortar bookstore/haven/spiritual hub in Seattle, East West is now online only (due to the restrictions on business relating to COVID-19 and stay at home orders.) We are focusing lots of energy now on expanding our online educational programs including speakers like Deepak Chopra, Dr Bruce Lipton, Byron Katie, don Miguel Ruiz, jr. and many more to continue to enrich your spiritual life and provides tools for life's journey. We continue to sell our books & gifts online and in person at our new "temporary" location in Bothell at the Ananda Blue Lotus Temple.

Our Heritage— East West Bookshop is a nonprofit organization established by members of Ananda. Ananda is a worldwide family of communities, retreat centers, churches and meditation groups founded by Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) and based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. We offer classes in meditation, yoga postures, the art of spiritual living and the science of raja yoga, and also have a no-till farm and homestead community on Camano Island and an intentional, spiritual community in the Lynnwood, WA.

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store MANAGER & Events coordinator

 My spiritual quest began in 2011 when I began to have a series of awakening experiences that led me to the realization that my life was generally dictated by my own likes and dislikes and that I was a servant to those desires and aversions. I also experienced a sense of freedom and contentment in my fledgling meditation practice that could only be described as spontaneous Joy!

I began to search for a path or a teacher to take me deeper into this growing sense that the greatest fulfillment in life comes from putting your inner life first and making meditation one’s highest priority. My father gave me Ram Dass’ Be Here Now and Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, which then led me to discover that one of Yogananda’s direct disciples, Swami Kriyananda, was still living and had an ashram in northern California. I took a 20-hr Greyhound bus from Spokane, WA to Nevada City, CA to meet the community, Ananda Village, and its residents, some of whom have been following the meditation path of Yogananda for over four decades. I was so impressed by the peace and joy that radiated from these great souls that I resolved within weeks to move to Ananda.

Together, with my wife, we moved to the Lynnwood, WA Ananda Community. I started volunteering at East West Bookshop in January of 2013 and after about two years began co-managing the store. I continue to enjoy serving the strong community of spiritual seekers in the Puget Sound area through East West.


My name is Ethan. I am the manager of communications at East West and its contributing blog editor. After graduating with a degree in English from Kalamazoo College, I worked in the corporate world for 3 years before looking for something deeper. I have been with Ananda since I was a child and now I'm grateful to be able to serve Ananda through East West. I highly recommend traveling to India to pursue your spiritual passions.

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