Understanding: The Simplicity of Life by Colin MallardUnderstanding: The Simplicity of Life by Colin Mallard

Understanding: The Simplicity of Life

byColin Mallard

Paperback | November 1, 2012

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Winner of the US Indie Excellence Book Awards and Finalist for the US National Best Book Awards and the Next Generation Indie Book Award. Understanding is a logical step by step approach to understanding both human nature and the world in which we live. The author suggests that understanding, deep understanding, can bring spontaneous and appropriate changes in human behaviour.To demonstrate the effect of understanding Mallard uses the following example: When the European mariners understood that the world was not flat, their behavior changed simply as a result of their understanding. Despite their fear they sailed beyond the horizon and not one of them fell over the edge. Colin draws from Taoism, Zen, Advaita Vedanta (Jnanna yoga) and Sufism, all of which played an important part in his life.Understanding, real understanding, brings the gift of living in the moment. As anyone can attest from personal experience, the mental states of past and future lack the immediacy and vibrancy of the present moment. When the human being is present to what is happening and not caught in the chatter of the mind, life can be enjoyed regardless of what is happening. The result is a greater sense of peace and harmony and the ability to act spontaneously and appropriately.
Colin Mallard played in bomb craters and bombed out buildings as a child in England during the Second World War. Perhaps this was the origin of his interest in peace. He attended University in Boston between 1961-1971 and was deeply involved in the Civil Rights and Anti War Movements. Trained for the Unitarian Universalist ministry he...
Title:Understanding: The Simplicity of LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 1, 2012Publisher:Promontory PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781927559031

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written and thought provoking This is an excellent introduction to Eastern philosophy, presented by an author with a very wide spiritual perspective. The writing is crisp and easy to follow, and even though the concepts he presents are anything but easy, Dr. Mallard's smooth, flowing style carries the reader gently forward through his procession of arguments. While not easy, the basic tenements of the philosophy presented here are truly simple, once understood, and this book is a must-read for anyone interested in Eastern thought.
Date published: 2013-05-04