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Upcoming Courses 2018-2019
in diagnosis & treatment *
Fri 19 October 2018
Suwen 1 &2 *
Sat 24 November 2018
Maijing Pulse diagnosis*
Sat 2 Feb 2019
*open to students or anyone with an interest in this area *
Date Friday 7 September 2018
Time 10am - 6pm
Cost £75 (Students £65) No ACMAC discount
Spaces Max 25
Tutor Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée
Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée was born in Paris in 1949 and holds degrees in Philosophy and the Classics and in Chinese Studies. She collaborated with the late Dr Jean Schatz and Father Claude Larre, both as a researcher and translator on classical Chinese thinking and medical texts. After a year in Taiwan (1974-75), she began teaching at the Ricci Institute in Paris; she was the secretary general until 2005. She worked for more than 12 years on the Grand Ricci, a comprehensive encyclopaedic Chinese-French dictionary, and was its chief editor until its publication in 2001.
Open to students or anyone with an interest this area.
About your tutor: Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée
She teaches Chinese Philosophy, Chinese classical language and Chinese traditional medicine in more than fifteen countries at various universities, Institutes and Schools. She has written numerous books and pamphlets in several languages, specially, in English, those published by Monkey Press.
A study of li 理
From the etymological meaning of the veins of jade or of stone and wood, or leaves and other things, the character li 理 soon took the meaning of the inherent pattern underlying any phenomenon (thing, being, action, idea …)
Li represents the inner natural organization, the cosmic order in any phenomenon, the underlying structure of life. Any form of life possesses its own pattern, li, allowing its harmonious development, shaping its manifestation, organizing all the life-giving and life-maintaining movements within it.
The human heart-mind is able to see and know these underlying patterns, li. Doing so, it understands the deep meaning of each being or thing, the sense of their life, their «raison d’être», reason or justification for existence.
To know the li is to know things and beings as they are. But it is also to take the li as a model to guide the conduct of my own life in order to become closer and closer to this heavenly or natural order, to improve the functioning of my life at each level: physical, psychological, mental and spiritual.
Finally, by knowing these principles (li) and applying them to my life, I am able to adhere more and more spontaneously to the vital movement, to the process of life through its multiple changes and transformations.
Through a choice of classical Chinese texts written before and around the Common Era, we present and explain this fundamental notion, essential to understand Chinese philosophy as well as classical Chinese medicine.
It is not necessary to know Chinese to participate in this lecture.
The texts, in English translation and in Chinese will be provided to the participants.