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Monkey Press Books

MONKEY PRESS was founded in 1987 to promote a deeper understanding of classical Chinese medicine. It takes its name from the Monkey King in ‘Journey to the West’, the 16th century novel by Wu Chengen.

CHINESE MEDICINE FROM THE CLASSICS

The aim of this series is to familiarize the reader with the original medical and philosophical texts which form the foundation of Chinese medicine.

The books are based on the work of Claude Larre and Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée. Many titles are edited transcriptions of seminars held in London from 1987 until the present. They draw on the teachers deep knowledge of the Chinese classics, and refer in particular to The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic (Huangdi Neijing), The Classic of Difficulties (Nanjing) and the daoist classics of Laozi, Zhuangzi and Huainanzi.

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  1. Aspects of Spirit

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    Aspects of Spirit

     

     

     

    In ‘Aspects of Spirit’ Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée explores the concept of spirit and its relationship to the development of human consciousness through the classical Chinese literature. Beginning with a section on hun and po (the yin yang aspects of the human soul), moving on to jing shen (vital spirit), and concluding with yi and zhi (intent and will), each section examines the characters for each term, followed by examples of their usage in the classical philosophical texts and concludes with a study of their specific application within the medical texts of the Huangdi Neijing, Suwen and Lingshu.

    Because of her intimate knowledge of both the medical and philosophical texts of this period, Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée is uniquely placed within the scholarship of classical Chinese medicine. We are very fortunate that she has brought the depth of her understanding and insight to this fascinating and often misunderstood subject. There has been much debate in recent years concerning the treatment of the spirit within Chinese medicine. This book establishes a firm grounding for that discussion, as well as providing inspiration for our own spiritual cultivation.

    ‘In our physical life, the spirit needs physical reality in order to express itself, and that physical reality needs to be controlled and inspired by spirit.’

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