Dr. Yaron Seidman enters the Huai Xuan school
By Ming Fu in Shuangliu
Confucius said: “To learn and practice what was learnt is this not pleasure? When a friend comes from afar is this not happiness? To be without fame and yet content is this not a nobleman?”
In June 2012 a group of Chinese medicine practitioners from USA, UK, Australia, Sweden and Israel, led by Dr Yaron Seidman, came to Sichuan following in the footsteps of the famous physician Zheng Qinan, the Fire Spirit school creator of some 150 years ago. They inquired about Zheng Qinan’s teacher Liu Yuan and his Huai Xuan doctrine. During the visit they met with Liu Bogu, Liu Yuan’s great grandson and the current standard bearer of the Huai Xuan School, who introduced the Huai Xuan theory basics. When the group heard that in Liu Yuan’s hometown there are still advocates practicing Huai Xuan they gathered in Shuangliu to meet, discuss and exchange with the Shuangliu Cultural Association.
The group of blond haired and blue eyed doctors went to Yang Ping village in Peng Zhen township in the Shuang Liu municipality to visit the tombs and following the Chinese customs burnt candles and incense to express their respect to both scholars Liu Yuan and his grandson Liu Xianxin.
This, in fact, was Dr Seidman’s second visit with Mr. Liu Bogu in Chengdu. In 2010, during his inquiry into the Supporting Yang School of Chinese medicine, also known as the Fire Spirit school, Dr Seidman knew of Zheng Qinan’s teacher Liu Yuan and intentionally came to visit Liu Bogu at his home hoping to find more about Liu Yuan.
These three encounters with master Liu germinated the seed in Dr Seidman’s mind to enter formally into the Huai Xuan school. In the early years, Master Liu thought that the visitor lived far away and also might be seized by a whim and so he did not agree in a rash to Dr Seidman’s request and instead politely replied “let’s wait and see until you understand more the Huai Xuan.” Without realizing it seven years flew by in a flash. Over these years, Dr Seidman and Teja Jaensch studied the Huai Xuan doctrine enthusiastically, one after the other composed, translated and introduced to others Huai Xuan literature.
In 2014 Dr Seidman invited Liu Chi (who for unexpected reason could not go) and Ming Fu to Connecticut, USA to introduce the Huai Xuan doctrine in a Hunyuan Huai Xuan Cultural Exchange Conference with participants arriving from the USA, Australia, UK, Greece and Israel. At that time Dr Seidman accompanied Ming Fu to Harvard and Yale universities inspecting their collections of Huai Xuan literature. In 2015, Dr Seidman donated on behalf of the Shuangliu Cultural Association to both universities a copy of the book Huai Xuan Summary, (this book won in September 2015 the Chinese national social sciences dissemination award).
In May 2015 by phone and by mail Dr Yaron Seidman lodged a formal request with Mr Liu pledging his intent to study and preserve the Huai Xuan. Mr Liu Bogu this time replied with pleasure and said “to study Huai Xuan means to study how to become a good person, it teaches the skill of Heart and True Nature. Following the Huai Xuan tradition of old one must comply and follow the Huai Xuan rules with integrity.”
July 12th to 19th, 2017 Dr Yaron Seidman, with his daughter, flew from the USA to Chengdu to visit the current standard bearer of the school Mr. Liu Bogu, the great grandson of Liu Yuan, Huai Xuan founder. They also visited the school representative in northern Sichuan, the 104 year old Chinese medicine master Zhou Yuanbin and Liu Yuan’s great-great-grandson Mr. Liu Shijin. Just before the trip, Dr Seidman organized a group of Hunyuan practitioners from around the world who helped translate The Life of Liu Yuan, The Long Arduous Way, Yu Cheng Tang Family Precepts and Learning the Sage’s Capacity for Forgiveness into eleven languages
Dr Seidman also told a story how he helped heal a patient suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis not only by using Chinese herbs but also with using Liu Yuan’s annotated version of Shi Yinfu’s Ledger of Good and Evil helping the patient resolve obstacles in the heart and mind. Following a two-year treatment course the patient amazingly recovered. In addition, Dr Seidman developed Hunyuan medicine in a way that merges cultures east and west and bridges between modernity and antiquity yielding outstanding clinical results. Liu Yuan in Meng Xun Teaching the Young wrote: “While following antiquity one must adapt to modernity, one cannot be tied down by conventions.”
When Liu Yuan was at age 88 he wrote in Yi Lao Tu Image of the Old One: “The vast and mighty heaven and earth remain with the Old One, the body and spirit do not follow with the withering of autumn wind, the six classics corrected to hand down to the children, because from Confucius and Mencius those later informed lacked this heart.” The meaning of this quote is to say that the master was modest and did not dare to say that he himself initiated a doctrine but rather that he merely made corrections to the six classics, and considered himself to have “intimate knowledge of Confucius and Mencius.” Mr. Liu Bogu also pointed out that when we study the Analects
Liu Yuan said “In the east there are sages, in the west there are sages. Their heart is the same, their underlying principle is the same.” Dr Yaron Seidman entered the Huai Xuan circle to learn the sages’ teachings, we have a reason to believe that “a friend has come from afar” and that perhaps one day the doctor, just like the way Mr Liu Zhitang advocated, will embody the sages’ teachings fully in his body and heart, and that perhaps one day after he has embodied completely the joy of “when a friend comes from afar, is this not happiness?” we could all hope and look forward to more Huai Xuan students and enthusiasts in the future. Everyone will be able to experience “is this not happiness?” Everyone will gaze to the objective of ‘recovering True Nature’.
We now have a reason to look forward to that!
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