|In 2012, during the Biennial event of education and the training at the CNAM (NATIONAL CONSERVATORY OF ARTS AND CRAFTS) we led a reflection workshop on Chinese wisdom. In order to help us we called upon among others, Ms Ke Wen, a renowned master of Qi Gong, creator of an important center of Chinese culture in Paris « Les Temps du Corps ». (…)
The book « La Voie du Calme » seems to me to be the one that brings together all the qualities required to understand Chinese thought in its four fundamental ways: Taoism , Confucianism , Buddhism and the medical aspect. Although very well informed about Chinese thought, it is not aimed toward specialists but toward men and women interested in their physical and spiritual development and those open to this unique culture in Asia.
In this book one will find a thorough development of four approaches considered not only in their foundation but also in their experimental and physical characteristics towards the essential , meditation as a factor of quietness in the totality of being. (…)
On the whole, Ke Wen and Zhang Ming Lian’s book appears to me as one of the best books that I have ever red in years, both because of its typically Chinese reference and its pragmatic spirit absolutely necessary to understand the essence of Chinese thought. We are not there for the creation of concepts which are turning points between Chinese wisdom and western philosophy like François Jullien does it, whom by the way I would not exclude for my own comprehension of life. We are at the heart of the Chinese approach to reality.
It is obvious that the sociologist that I am does ask the question from Chinese thought as described so completely here Everything seems to begin from the energetic body of the human being inscribed within the universal energy. The interpretation of the world and the social world in particular, reflects this bias. The physiology and anatomy associated with the real-life psychology constitute the foundation. The social aspect as a specificity is a part of this whole and reflects its dynamism. The Confucian school certainly points out the difficult question of the realization of harmony within social relationships, but stays under the aegis of its conception of Tao. We know that the problem of conflict is not the cup of tea of Chinese conviviality.
All the rites and ways of being civilized in society are created to avoid it, divert it, and sublimate it. Westerners, are so used to living inside and with conflict, by constantly stressing the competitive spirit and pleonexie.They often break their teeth on the process of diversion of the Chinese, which they interpret according to their little questioned ethnocentrism. This book allows us to get a little deeper into the heart of the topic, more from the point of view of « the other ». We have everything to gain whilst we better understand the sense of meditative calmness offered by real Chinese thought. It goes beyond the way of becoming such a showy mercantile gadget in the West. It allows us to move forward, without denying the contribution registered in our own cultural area, towards a generalized interbreeding of specifically human values in our educational future.