Something to Ponder

By Colin Mallard

Something to Ponder
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The language is simple, at times sparse and is meant to be read aloud. It provides a perfect vehicle for Lao Tzu’s profound wisdom. Spacious layout, use of the author’s photographs and overall design set “Something To Ponder,” apart. The wisdom of Lao Tzu emerges as ... Read more


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The language is simple, at times sparse and is meant to be read aloud. It provides a perfect vehicle for Lao Tzu’s profound wisdom. Spacious layout, use of the author’s photographs and overall design set “Something To Ponder,” apart. The wisdom of Lao Tzu emerges as beautiful contemporary poetry. Truth is something we recognize despite our beliefs and reading Lao Tzu it is easy to find oneself saying quietly, “Of course, I knew this all along!” Elegant, beautiful, profound!

Colin Mallard

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 attended the same seminary as Martin Luther King and later served in both a rural and inner city parish. His church was firebombed and destroyed because of his and the congregation’s stand on Civil Rights and its opposition to the Vietnam War. It was his interest in exploring spiritual matters that took him into the ministry and later took him out of it. For the next 25 years he worked as a psychologist. This included working in Hawaii with families of abused children. He has also had different jobs such as magician’s assistant, mountain guide, taxi driver, tree planter and street counsellor on Vancouver’s skid row. Behind the things he did was a consuming interest in the nature of peace and who or what we are as human beings. This led him to a lengthy study of Taoism, and Zen and, latterly, the Advaita Masters, Ramesh Balsekar and Dr. Jean Klein. Mallard lives on Vancouver Island, where he writes and teaches about the wisdom and insight found in Eastern Philosophy. He is also an avid soccer player and photographer.

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