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Example of the beauty to be experienced through Traditional Acupuncture

GREAT BELL by Michael Phillips

In the mid-1980s, I had the privilege of studying with a Jesuit priest who was perhaps the most embodied example of a Taoist I had met up till then. Father Claude Larre had been asked to translate classical Chinese medical texts into Vietnamese by local physicians. His native language was French. And he explained all this to me in English.

I think one of the gifts he offered from the stew pot of different languages, cultures and time periods was permission to utilize one’s intuition and experience in translating from the pictographic texts of Ancient China. The elegant, artistic characters suggest subjective understanding rather than a prescribed meaning found in words. The following characters are not the most ancient, but nevertheless serve to illustrate my meaning. ...

 

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