The Secret Treatise
of the Spiritual Orchid

Neijing Suwen chapter 8

Claude Larre and Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

This book is a perfect introduction to the zangfu, their spheres of influence and their responsibilities as set out in The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic, the Neijing Suwen chapter 8.

Suwen chapter 8 is a text of simplicity, clarity, and deceptive brevity which hides a wealth of powerful images and concepts. It draws an analogy between a Confucian-style court hierarchy in which the heart is emperor, the lung is prime minister and each official or zangfu has its own range of activities, functions and interactions.

An appendix gives the Chinese text and a translation of the chapter. There is also an index of all main concepts.

The Spiritual Orchid is the name of the library of the Emperor, and as a ’Secret Treatise‘ this chapter is one that is considered to contain great wisdom and illumination.

Claude Larre
The Secret Treatise of the Spiritual Orchid
pp 174 /   210 x 145 mm / rrp £17.50
ISBN 978 1 872468 00 6

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