The Inner Development Of The Practitioner

As practitioners of Chinese Medicine we are part of lineage that stretches back thousands of years. We are also part of a larger body of physicians who have endeavoured to heal the sick since time immemorial. It is not been fashionable in our culture for at least fifty years to think in terms of developing virtues in oneself. And yet Chinese, and especially Confucian, culture places a high priority on a person developing certain virtues.  What are the virtues that a physician needs to develop in order to acquire some of the attributes of a sheng ren? 

This talk draws out the themes that Chinese and other practitioners of medicine have regarded as the most important in the practice, not so much of the science of medicine, as of its art.


Goals of the course:

Learning objectives:
• What the Classics of Chinese Medicine have to say about the art of being a physician.
• What other writers and thinkers throughout history have thought about what makes an excellent physician.
• What qualities a physician needs to cultivate in him or herself in order to become a Sheng Ren, ‘One who through his power awakens and develops people’s higher nature.’


This course is £15 for non JCM subscribers.

This course is £11.25 for JCM subscribers.

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Running time: Approximately 1 hr 30 mins

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Speakers Biography

Peter Mole has been a practitioner in Oxford, England since 1978. He studied with JR Worsley for many years and received his Master of Acupuncture qualification in 1984. He has been teaching for over 30 years, first in Leamington Spa at the College of Traditional Acupuncture and currently at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, where he is the Dean. He is the author of a book for the general public 'Acupuncture for The Body, Mind and Spirit', and he is co-author with John and Angela Hicks of the textbook 'Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture'. He was a founding council member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). Because his style of acupuncture is an integration of the Five Element Constitutional Methos plus TCM, he is particularly interested in psychological and physical complains that have arisen due to the internal cause of disease. Peter is an exceptionally talented clinician and teacher and his webinar is deeply moving for anyone interested in working on themselves first.