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Understanding: The Simplicity of Life

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The book 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 behavior.

To demonstrate the effect of understanding Colin uses the following example: When the European mariners understood that the world was not fl
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 275 pages
Published September 2012 by Promontory Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Val Walton
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is simply written and logical and sets out an intellectual path to enlightenment. No rituals, no meditation, no beliefs. But it goes to the heart of all religions.

What I love about this book is, although considered to be philosophy, it is in effect a very practical book. It reflects the wisdom of more than 2500 years ago in ways that are relatively easy to follow. New words are defined clearly with a glossary at the back to save turning back the page to find the original definition. Al
Steve Flawith
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In the search for a greater spiritual knowledge and understanding, this book is a must read. Colin Mallard's writings transcends the complicated explanations and expectations present in Western religions and Eastern philosophy and goes right to the heart of the matter in very clear easy to understand way. As Mallard says, "the Truth is the Truth" and his writings are directed right into the window of the soul! Time well spent with a truly fascinating book!

Side note: this book has won a number of
Heather Westing
Dec 19, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a well-presented introduction to Eastern philosophy. The author comes from a multi-faith background and his knowledge of both Eastern and Western traditions helps to give him a broader view of the way different people approach spirituality. Although I personally differ with the author in some of his conclusions, I think that everything he says has merit and is worthy of the reader's intellectual effort to consider. I enjoyed learning about a new philosophy and gaining insights into other ...more
Bennett Coles
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 th ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book that has helped me immensely in my personal life. I have read it twice and have recommended it to many. Understanding is a perfect title for concepts that can be confusing but is clearly and beautifully explained in his words. I will be keeping this in my bookshelf and refer to it often.
Peter Baker
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Understanding " brings you a concise Eastern view of the universe we live in. Beautifully presented with metaphors, photos, and personal experiences. A clear interpretation of the concepts involved. This book put together the broken pieces I called my life by filling in the empty spaces. Can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. It opened a window and let in some fresh air.
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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 and was deeply involved in the Civil Rights and Anti War Movements of the 60s. In fact, the story of the sanctuary at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, described in "Stillpoint," was written from pers ...more

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