Contemplative Studies Summer Events


July 7, 2022 - Heiner Fruehauf, Ph.D., LAc
Virtual Lecture and Discussion:  The Transformation of Chinese Medicine in the Age of Scientific Materialism: Overview of a Journey
7 - 8:30 pm, EDT
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For at least two millennia, the theory and practice of Chinese medicine represented the tangible application of a cosmology laid out in the Daodejing, the Huainanzi and other Daoist classics: consciousness governs energy, and energy rules matter. Since encountering the dominant forces of the materialist worldview in the 19th century, attempts to preserve the legacy of Chinese medicine as a unique expression of Chinese cultural identity have been contrasted by materialist reinterpretations of the classical record. This presentation will provide an overview of the development of traditional Chinese medicine before this historical backdrop during the last 200 years.

Heiner Fruehauf (Ph.D., University of Chicago, East Asian Languages and Civilizations) is the Founding
Professor of the College of Classical Chinese Medicine at National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He researches the cultural history of Chinese medicine, teaches herbal medicine and Qigong, and practices as a licensed acupuncturist.