Sunday, January 3, 2016

Upcoming Retreat and Local Advaita teacher Colin Mallard dies....

Comox Valley Advaita teacher and author
 Colin Mallard
It’s a long time since “The Mountain Stream" was sent out. In February Colin was diagnosed with a virulent form of cancer caused by asbestos and given only a short time to live. He spent the next months writing the book Going to Gaza, Ten days that changed the World, which was a sequel to Stillpoint, A novel of war peace, politics and Palestine.
Colin knew that without awareness of the facts, what actually happened in Palestine and Israel, there could be no justice and no peace. He was interviewed by Sheryl McKay on CBC North by North West radio on November 1st 2015. I have included a link to the podcast.
He was very ill at times but always lived with life rather than death, with the knowledge that the present moment is all that exists.
Many of those who Colin helped over the years came to support him with food, help in the garden, Reiki and sound healing and most of all, love. The garden became a peaceful place of healing and often of laughter.
But he left us one day in November.  On that day he was mostly unconscious but opened his eyes with awe and wonder and just slipped peacefully away.
I intend to carry on with The Newsletter so that Colin’s wisdom, his poetry and his passion for justice remain alive.
Val Walton

Chan 3 day Upcoming Retreat
Feb 12/13/14
1460 Grieve Ave., Courtenay, B.C., V9N 2V9
Cost will be approx $120 or less for the three days which includes food and sleeping space
5:30 am to 9:30 sitting/walking practice with scheduled breaks
Please contact me ASAP if you are interested in attending: Maximum 7 people 
Adrian Symonds
250 650 9055


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2. Master Cheng Yen in Facebook;
3. Listen to dharma talks with Gilbert Gutierrez
4. Listen/download audio talks from the Tallahassee   Chan group at
5. the Western Chan Fellowship at
6. Questions?  Adrian at 250 650 9055; and this blog