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Upcoming Courses 2018-2019
Fri 8 March 2019
Fri 26 April 2019
*open to students or anyone with an interest in this area *
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.
About your tutor: Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée
Open to students or anyone with an interest this area.
The true Nature (xing 性) and Destiny (ming 命) of a Human Being
“Huang Di asked Qi Bo: A person’s blood and qi, essence and spirit, it is with them that life is provided and one’s nature (xing 性) and existence (ming 命) are upheld. » (Lingshu, ch.47)
Nature xing 性 and existence ming 命 are two terms are often used together in classical Chinese philosophy and medicine. They are both related to the Heavenly endowment. The particular inherent qualities of a being shape their destiny, creating the calling felt inside by every human.
One who remains true to their original nature maintains their relationship with Heaven, receiving the light of the spirits, and knowing, in all circumstances, the rules by which to act. They therefore accomplish the life that Heaven has destined for them since its beginning, unfolding as a function of the natural order inscribed within them: in other words, they implement the Pre Heaven in the Post Heaven.
Health cannot be understood without a reference to one’s original or true nature; this inborn disposition gives everyone their robustness and their fragility. These have to be known both by the patient in order to conduct their life correctly and by the practitioner in order to establish an accurate diagnosis and apply an appropriate treatment.
In the light of the basic understanding in the great texts of Chinese philosophy, we will consider how these two fundamental concepts are used in the Chinese classics, leading to their specific use in Chinese medical texts.We will then elucidate the true meaning of Mingmen (命門), Gate of Fate (or Destiny), in Chinese medicine, its relation with the origin, with the yin as well as the yang, Water as well as Fire, and with the Kidneys.
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.
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.
Date Friday 8 March 2019
Time 10am - 6pm
Cost £75 (Students £65) No ACMAC discount
Spaces Max 25
Tutor Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée