<![CDATA[Hunyuan - Hunyuan Blog]]>Sat, 23 Dec 2017 11:56:06 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[The Augmented Heart]]>Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:28:48 GMThttp://hunyuan.org/blog/the-augmented-heart
Everybody knows that technology is changing things around, pace is fast and communication happens in bits and pieces. The five big tech companies now dominate the world of innovation and feel more like a government than companies. Their next move is Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality, machines that can think, speculate and decide and information that we don’t have to ask for but rather is fed to us in constant stream. For example, looking up to the sky we will know the weather, looking at a person we will know who that person is and what they do, looking at a car driving we will know its speed. It will be a new “improved” reality, an augmented or supplemented reality.
Loop happiness results in declined application
In the past decade there has been a tremendous change in behavior in how we communicate, share time with family, shop for goods etc , but this is likely only the beginning of something bigger more significant life change, which is the topic of this blog post.

First, let’s explain few basic tenets. Life passes from parents to children, life is a common trait shared by everyone and everything in the world, it is one thing imbued in all. To express life humans, just like animals and other living things, have heart and mind. Heart allows the life imbued in me to connect to something/someone else and my mind adds thoughts to it, analyzing the meaning (and yes this exists in animals and plants). To live means that we have an application generating life; I have life inside, then my heart attaches to something, for example an apple, my mind realizes what it is, then there is an action taken, either go and eat it, or water it to cultivate it etc. This bring about prosperity of life and, in Hunyuan Heart, we call this proper application, or being alive.

A problem begins when there is deviation from the proper application, namely something makes the heart attach to things and the mind adds wrong calculation ending with destruction of life. For example (using now an old almost archaic topic), seeing an apple, then deciding to add chemicals to it so it will last longer, not be eaten by bugs or in a word allow me to profit more from this venture. Finally, someone ingests these chemicals with the apple and as a result lives shorter unhealthy life. So how did the heart deviation and miscalculation come about?

This requires a short explanation. After birth the heart and mind begin their survival action, over and over connect to things and analyze what they mean to me. In Hunyuan Heart we call this heart and mind repetitive play ‘the loop’. The heart attaches and the mind analyzes over and over again. At first, the connection to my life’s need is very clear, like needing breast milk and warmth of  a mother, but then this connection to life inside weakens and the loop starts to maintain its own logic and back and forth application. It trains itself to believe that external reality is where it’s at; if a situation or a person bring me comfort then I am happy, but if the situation or person is not positive toward me then I am sad, upset or angry. My loop learns that the external reality is indeed the only reality. On occasion it goes back to my basic needs of hunger, warmth, bonding my heart with others, like husband and wife, parent and child or having a friend, but mostly it is engaged in the external reality of “does it make me happy or sad?” If the outside reality makes me happy I want more of it, if it makes me sad or angry I don’t want any of it. This is the normal state of the loop since birth. In ancient times it was like this and in the future it will be like this, eternal heart principle.

In the last decade and going forward into the future, there is a new situation unfolding of virtual and augmented reality that can only be propagated to the masses by making people happy from the outside, faster information, easier to shop, constantly entertained. This is why the five tech giants conquered the minds and hearts (or the loops) of the people everywhere. It is making people happy from the outside on an entirely new level never seen before.
Heart cultivation results in increased application and more life
Now, instead of being a full time parent, full time child, full time friend, we do it faster in snippets and accomplish more with less. There is a perceived (and erroneous) feeling that I can be as good a dad with only half the time. If I need to buy my child something it takes minutes not hours, if I need to tell my child something it takes seconds to text instead looking for them and wasting precious minutes. Going into the future information will be even faster, instantaneous, so I could be as good a dad spending even a fraction of the time. I will simply know everything much faster, much easier and can communicate it in an instant.

I was speculating, will there be digital chips implanted in us? No way! But we already agreed to insert those chips to some dogs and animals, why not us? What if this chip will make a person know three times as much, act and think three times as fast, make money three times as much as others? Then real estate prices will triple, the ones with the chips will be able to afford it, the others more “primitive” humans will not. How convincing will that be for people to agree to implant these chips? If our happiness is dependent and derived from externally influenced heart then resisting the chip of the future seems unavoidable.

For us practicing Hunyuan Heart life is composed of three parts; happiness, health and longevity. These three combined as one determine how long I live and how much am I alive at every moment. Together these three are called in Hunyuan ‘true application’, the purpose why we exist here in this realm. A proper application means making the heart happy, making the body healthy and the life imbued in us last long, as long as possible. Furthermore, a proper application means to make everyone around me happy, healthy and live long. The selfish heart that wanted to spray chemicals on the apple to profit oneself while hurting others does not qualify as a proper application. From the outside my selfish heart may seem happy for making more money, however knowing or not deep inside the heart is not happy for hurting others. People sometime feel happy while hurting others because their loop lost touch with their own life inside, and in fact they are not fully alive, which means their application is compromised. They breath, eat, laugh and talk (what we normally call alive) but inside its hollow, it is not as much life as there could be. It is augmented life, an augmented heart. We are born and we exist to live life to its fullest application, which is happiness, health and longevity for us and for everyone we come in contact with; a full application.

The full application of life unfolds between hearts of living, between a parent and a child, husband and wife, friends and even animals and plants. The more friends we have on facebook, the more snippets of communications we do, the less we do the true application of a dad, a child, a friend. There is always a good side for things that makes our heart happy from the outside, this is why the five big tech companies are the government of the future. However, the augmented reality coming down to us in the near future will make the connection to life inside smaller and narrower (less dad, less friend, less husband). Even if it will make us live longer in terms of years it will be hollow, less alive right now right here.

There is no way to avoid this mammoth of future technology from unfolding, but there is a solution for us, those who want to live more. We learn how to recognize the loop, how to connect deep inside to life, how to see the truth in front of us and recognize it for what it is, instead of ignoring the truth while feeling happy by the artificial warmth. Maybe there will remain a rather small group of Heart practitioners who will want to remain a full dad, full husband, full friend surrounded by a sea of augmented reality. We learn Hunyuan Heart to fulfil this dream. Life is but a short dream, but living fully is a beautiful dream worth being there. No matter how powerful and dominant technology will become, how augmented the reality will be and how happy my heart is induced to become by artificial warmth, it always dwarfs compared to the happiness generated within with a proper application. To be happy, healthy and live long there is no need for heart augmentation, it is pure and beautiful and ever lasting as it is. There was never a better time to embark on the path of Hunyuan Heart.

Fellows who walk this path of Hunyuan Heart reflect on when they started. In the middle of life at a time when the loop is dominant and externally derived happiness is the moto. It is ALMOST ‘mission impossible’. All my life I got used to be happy and sad from the outside, whatever happened to me from the outside dictated how I felt, so why change it? But almost impossible is not the same as impossible. Actually, when we start the Hunyuan Heart path it is very possible to change from a loop only responding to the exterior to a heart that is full of proper application. A meaningful and significant positive endeavor for every mom and dad, every husband and wife, sister and brother, friend, teacher, doctor, patient and employee. Whatever the roll it is done with a full application; happiness, health and longevity.

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See an interesting interview about the five big tech companies
<![CDATA[Can Success Succeed- Merging Heart and Business]]>Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMThttp://hunyuan.org/blog/can-success-succeed-merging-heart-and-business
by Yaron Seidman

What does “living a giving heart mean”?  Can deep purpose giving be combined with business skills, fun and spirituality?  What happens when you put a musician, a finance officer and a Hunyuan practitioner in a mountain cabin for a weekend?  These were some of the questions perusing my mind as we drove to the Green Mountains of Vermont last weekend.  But before I get to that, let me take you back to 1772 where the inspiration for this story begins.

In the summer of 1772, Dr John Sharp, archdeacon of Northumberland and renowned philanthropist, set out plans for a new medical institution. Its stated aims were to ‘give advice, administer medicines, dress the sores of all such poor persons as shall apply for such assistance … and do everything that shall be done in a regular infirmary’.  It was free to anyone unable to pay for their treatment elsewhere, ‘whether English, Scotch or Foreigners’. 
Rob Fried & Jim White in Vermon retreat
Capable of treating thousands every year, it boasted high quality medical equipment and provisions, mechanical bathing facilities, an infirmary carriage and large store of drugs. In all respects this was a facility worthy of any large, aspirational Georgian town. Its aim to provide for the ‘sick and lame objects’ of the community was a veritable mission statement for eighteenth-century civic charitable worthiness. But this institution was not located in any town; it was situated in Bamburgh Castle, a formerly dilapidated medieval leviathan on the rugged Northumberland coast. Unlike virtually every other hospital or dispensary in the country there were no subscribers or board of governors. Instead the facility was funded entirely through monies from a general charitable trust established by the late Nathaniel Lord Crewe, under the management of one man. In the last quarter of the eighteenth century, Bamburgh Castle treated as many patients as some of the largest dispensaries in provincial England. It was well equipped and arguably more accessible than most, allowing entry to any whose status as a ‘worthy object’ could be attested to through a signed certificate from local clergy. In all respects it was an extraordinary experiment, one that saw a metropolitan model of medical provision transposed onto the unlikely setting of a remote medieval castle.
(Alun Withey, see full article https://academic.oup.com/shm/article/29/3/467/2353963)
On a wintery November weekend, I traveled with Rob Fried and Jim white into a mountainous snowy Vermont, in northeastern USA, for a contemplation retreat. Passing by resorts gearing up to the start of an exciting ski season, our destination a wooden cabin nestled in the forest overlooking a lake. Escaping the hustles of the big city our objective was to find ways in bringing together heart and economic success.   Just as in Bamburgh Castle financial success and a kind heart engaged in philanthropy brought relief to the sick and poor, so did we plant a seed in discovering possibilities to help those in need.
First, strolling in the forest breathing the crisp cold air we left behind the distractions and common urban desires. It was us and nature making a bond. Then we commenced a rigorous heart practice Wuji Gong quieting our hearts in order to enter deeper levels of awareness. We exercised our bodies with bear movements to relieve all tensions, played music and sang to bring joy and happiness, and then we talked business. So you see, Rob and Jim are financial managers and advisors spanning three decades of investment experience with international corporations and global banks. They regularly transact in tens and hundreds of millions of dollars, while all along passionate about helping those in need.

A good heart is a kind heart that wants to help. Help can be given to a friend or a neighbor or a family member as well as to a stranger, a person in need. But sometimes problems are big and include many people, a segment of society or even the entire society. Helping a big problem requires philanthropy, a kind heart on a large scale.
Philanthropy can sum up to simply writing a check to donate an amount of money for a good cause, but it can also come in the form of entrepreneurial engagement that requires skill and competency, team effort and good management. This is the place where heart meets the entrepreneurial skill. Success reaches its ultimate application when the heart spreads goodness far and wide.

Effective philanthropy that donors want to invest in requires implementation of financial concepts such as ROI, portfolio engineering, algorithmic decision making and diversification, along with marketing concepts related to branding and social tribe building.  Incentive based, micro finance tools are also required to align charities, donors, staff members and volunteers.  Vision based philanthropy is needed now more than ever.

The Hunyuan academy together with successful philanthropists is developing a program to help you improve business and philanthropy, bringing together heart and success.

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<![CDATA[Is it wind or is it cold?]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:44:41 GMThttp://hunyuan.org/blog/is-it-wind-or-is-it-cold
Shang Han Lun or Cold Injury Treatise is a 2000 year old ancient Chinese text pertaining to medical treatment. In this text unfolding are numerous descriptions of symptoms, diseases and their appropriate herbal remedies and occasional acupuncture, diet and emotional perspectives. Two of the symptoms mentioned are ‘aversion to wind’ and ‘aversion to cold’, which is the focus of this blog.

In China, the following 19 centuries were filled with practitioners of medicine and scholars who further reinforced the ancient notion of wind attack versus cold attack, two different kinds of external evil photogenic factors attacking the body from the outside creating a wind disharmony or a cold disharmony; a disease.
During the 20th century with the rapid development of science in medicine and its large scale introduction into an ever more modernized China, the ancient medical knowledge was challenged and gradually adapted its theories. Now, for example, external wind and cold attacks were seen in the prism of the body’s own immunity being compromised by severe weather that may lead to the culturing of bacteria and viruses.  

Setting aside the modern adaptations of the ancient medical theories and the many influences leading to the birth of the modern Chinese medicine, let’s reflect back on the ancient medicine practitioner and what was in their heart.

The ancient text speaks of aversion to wind and aversion to cold and, despite including other symptoms, the focus here is on these two.
When a person catches a cold or a flu, they suffer body aches, feel chilly, have fever, runny nose, stiff neck etc symptoms, all mentioned in the ancient text as part of either the wind disease or the cold disease. But in reality, in our everyday life, when a person has a cold or flu they do not like to be out in the cold weather or in a windy weather. It is very uncommon, if not impossible, that a sick person will like wind but hate cold, or like cold but hate wind.

In order to understand this a few introductory words about Hunyuan medicine are needed. The Hunyuan principle explains that a human body is a vessel synchronizing with nature’s cyclical pattern like day and night. The body’s purpose is to create harmony with nature and the best way to describe this harmony is that the body moves on time with nature. When the body moves on time with nature there is a sense of well being, no pains no aches. In addition to the body’s synchronization ability, the person has a unification ability; an ability to connect to nature (like with food, air and drink) and recharge. The more recharging ability the stronger the person is. Finally, the person has a heart, an instrument separating energy from the unity, also called center, that then yields desires and emotions, this is how a person feels.

So what was in the heart of the ancient text speaking of wind and cold?
Unification being strong helps the body adapt to nature more easily and when the unification is weak, the person’s energy is low and adapting to nature becomes more difficult. Catching a cold, which is influenced by the external weather wind and cold, is however, determined by one’s unification ability being strong or weak. The relationship between the unification strength and the external weather being nice or rough is constantly being evaluated by our hearts, how we feel. If, for example, my unification is strong and my body synchronizes easily, then even if it is windy out I still feel comfortable. If, on the other hand, my unification is weak, my energy low and my synchronization ability compromised, then in a windy weather I feel uncomfortable, I feel like I am going to get sick, an ‘aversion to wind’. My heart recognized how strong I am versus how difficult the wind is for my body to synchronize. Likewise, if my unification is weak and the weather is cold out and I am not dressed warm enough, my heart will feel ‘aversion to cold’.

Wind and cold both represent two different calculations of the heart, how strong or rough is the weather and how strong I am.
In the heart of the ancient text is the heart of the person making the ultimate calculation of how to synchronize with nature. Falling out of synch means disharmony and disease, while recovering the synchronization means health and longevity. The ancient text does not reveal the principle behind the symptoms and formulas, it is likewise in the heart of the practitioner to discover the harmony.
Aversion to wind means either the unification is strong or the weather is not so bad, a small problem. Aversion to cold means either the weather effect is very bad or the unification is very weak, a big problem. This is why the text title is Cold Injury and Not Wind Injury Treatise.

Actually, when we catch a cold, we have aversion to both wind and cold. But when a disharmony is just about to start and I am not really sick yet, it just feels like it is about to come. This is what aversion to wind means, a small problem. At this time drink chicken soup, go to rest, stay warm, keep the heart calm so to allow optimal recharging, and then the disease is finished before it started.

If, to the contrary, I overlooked the initial phase of aversion to wind, I had to do other “more important” things, now aversion to wind turns into aversion to cold, a big problem. Now, my body hurts and I have fever, runny nose or even cough, I have aversion to wind and cold. At this time, a strong intervention is needed,  with herbs that strengthen the unification and herbs that help speeding separation activity, with acupuncture and external heat or rubbing that help the body accelerate the separation speed. Now, simply resting and chicken soup is not enough.

The ancient text suggested the following remedies, when aversion to wind, the small problem, take cinnamon twig, peony root to do minor separation, add ginger, dates and licorice to help unification, boil to a tea and drink, and then rest in bed, keep warm and enjoy rice soup all strengthening unification. Get strong to solve the problem!

In the case of aversion to cold, the big problem, take cinnamon twigs, ephedra, which create strong separation, add licorice root and apricot seed, forcefully trying to bring the energy back to unification, a much larger intervention. The ancient text adds “if you sweat profusely, there will be no recovery”, so to say that if the two herbs cinnamon and ephedra separate too strong water is pouring out of the body and the energy does not come back to unification, and with weak unification no real recovery is possible.

Treating the disease just before it starts with minor intervention is the preferred option, catch the “cold” while it is still wind. In Hunyuan this is called ‘accomplish more with less’. When we learn the underlying principle then we can do it, we can resolve a disease before it starts. This is in the heart of the ancient text!

Is it wind or is it cold is a discussion about who can catch the disharmony sooner and finish it with less. This is why the crux of 'aversion to wind' and 'aversion to cold' is with this one word 'aversion'; what the heart feels. The refined heart feels it just when it has started, is wind, a minor problem. The coarse heart ignores it and only takes note when is cold. Truly, a good medicine starts by refining one's heart.

<![CDATA[Hunyuan Heart in medicine]]>Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:42:13 GMThttp://hunyuan.org/blog/hunyuan-heart-in-medicine
Dr Yaron Seidman explains to a patient how to use Hunyuan heart as medicine.
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<![CDATA[Health Freedom]]>Sat, 21 Oct 2017 03:43:43 GMThttp://hunyuan.org/blog/health-freedom
Medicine’s objective is to help.
As practitioners we should promote and prolong life. To prolong life a person must develop hope and be provided tools to take necessary and comprehensive authority over their health. They must be free to be healthy.
In medicine, the pivotal axis into health takes place when a practitioner instills confidence in the patient’s ability to recover.
There are two methods of medicine; treat the disease or strengthen the patient. Treating the disease satisfies the patient’s fear, aches and pains. Strengthening the patient allows them hope and programs the body to take care of itself- the defining principle of Health Freedom.
If we pour a person water down their throat or give them water so they can drink, both seem to have a similar result, but they are very far apart. To fight the disease or to make the person stronger are radically different approaches to medicine and life. One speaks of freedom the other speaks of submission, one speaks of trust the other of mistrust, one of hope the other of despair, one of a long life the other of a short disease.

In Hunyuan, we learn how to exercise the body into proper rhythm and avoid pains and aches by ourselves. We learn how to bring the heart into harmony that not only will we get to live longer happier lives but also help everyone around us do the same. Finally, we learn medicine and we know not to capitalize on the patient’s fear nor to attack and destroy diseases or pathogens with procedures and drugs, instead we fortify the patient’s hope and courage, we provide tools for self-sufficiency and Health Freedom.

Only when people are free they are truly healthy!
<![CDATA[Acne Gone!]]>Sun, 08 Oct 2017 21:51:54 GMThttp://hunyuan.org/blog/acne-goneFemale, 21 year old college student, severe back acne since 2011. All brand name acne solutions and prescription drugs having little to no effect (20% or less) despite being used over and over for 6 years.
August 7th, 2017 Consulted Dr Seidman and received Hunyuan formula sheng cao, bai shao, zhi mu, mi to speed up Separation Concealed Inwards.
October 8th, 2017 patient reports 90% improvement.
<![CDATA[Treating High Blood Pressure - Hunyuan style]]>Fri, 04 Aug 2017 04:45:24 GMThttp://hunyuan.org/blog/treating-high-blood-pressure-hunyuan-style
Treating high blood pressure Hunyuan style.

A short video clip from the final class of Hunyuan course 2017. Dr Yaron Seidman explains how to stay the course and back to principle.

Recorded on June 24th, 2017
August 3rd, 2017
patient reports that for the preceding 2 weeks blood pressure is consistently 130/95.
What comes next?
Strengthen unification, restore the body's speed and put the heart in harmony. It's as easy as 1,2,3 and works every time!
Check back in 2-3 months.
<![CDATA[Making Contribution]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:57:36 GMThttp://hunyuan.org/blog/making-contribution
Presenting Huai Xuan translations
During the last trip to Chengdu, July 2017,  Dr Yaron Seidman shared with his teacher Liu Bogu the Hunyuan Research Institute contribution to the Huai Xuan. A group of Hunyuan fellows translated Huai Xuan texts in 10 languages and the Life Story of Liu Yuan in 12 languages.

It was a happy moment shared by all participants.
A great moment of gratitude captured
<![CDATA[Helping Music Thrive]]>Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:13:29 GMThttp://hunyuan.org/blog/helping-music-thrive
In May 2017 Dr Seidman enjoyed a lovely dinner with musicians Jose Feliciano (center) and uncle Bill (left), a dinner full of laughter and music.
Dr Seidman presented the Hunyuan Music Project, using music to heal the heart, which was well received by the musicians.
In addition, Dr Seidman gave Jose unification herbs to strengthen his stamina, and Huai Xuan literature in Braille version, as part of the Hunyuan Braille Project.

See an online Hunyuan talk about heart and music
<![CDATA[A Friend Comes from Afar]]>Sun, 23 Jul 2017 18:42:11 GMThttp://hunyuan.org/blog/a-friend-comes-from-afar
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.
Tao Yangzhen, Yaron Seidman and Min Junmin standing behind Liu Bogu and wife at Rong Yuan (Silver Banyan) Gardens
PictureVisit to Shuang Liu Cultural Association 2012
The meeting’s topic was the Huai Xuan doctrine created and developed by the Qing dynasty famous thinker, educator and humanitarian Liu Yuan. Following their persistent request the group followed Liu Chi, the cultural association president, and Ming Fu, its director, to the tombs of Liu Yuan and his grandson Liu Xianxin, a talented scholar in his own right.
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.

Liu Bogu and Yaron Seidman 2010
In May 2013 a group of Huai Xuan practitioners followed  Mr. Liu Bogu to Beijing and Shandong on a study trip. It happened to be that Dr. Seidman and Teja Jaensch from Australia were visiting a Taiji Quan competition on Da Qing Shan mountain in Shandong province and as soon as they heard that Mr. Liu Bogu is visiting Qufu’s Confucius tomb (also in Shandong) they went to Qufu to accompany master Liu and his entourage of Huai Xuan enthusiasts  from Sichuan and Beijing.

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.

Seidman and Jaensch with Liu Bogu in Qufu 2013
Hunyuan Xinfa: The Lost Heart of Medicine and Hunyuan Xinfa Workbook by Seidman and Jaensch
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).

Seidman and Ming Fu at the Hunyuan Huai Xuan Cultural Exchange Conference, Connecticut, USA 2014
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.”

Liu Chi in Shandong 2013
Even though an American citizen of Jewish heritage, Dr Yaron Seidman is well versed with Chinese culture, since he has lived in New Zealand (1992), Beijing (1993), Wuhan (1996) and Nanning (1998). He has studied Chinese medicine and Chinese culture, is able to speak Chinese fluently and read ancient Chinese medicine classical literature so he is able to follow all that master Liu speaks. When studying Huai Xuan one cultivates his moral character with utmost earnest, diligently guarding the vow of following the Huai Xuan rules of becoming a better person.
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
Liu Shijin, Zhou Yuanbin, Yaron Seidman, Volker Olles
including English, German, French, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, Romanian and Albanian. Two thick volumes demonstrating Dr Seidman’s and his colleagues’ dedication to the Huai Xuan learning.
July 14th at Rong Yuan (Silver Banyan) Gardens in Peng Zhen township in Shuang Liu municipality, Dr Seidman together with Mrs. Tao Yangzhen from Hunan and Mr Min Junmin from Guangdong, according to traditional etiquette, became disciples of Mr Liu Bogu and vowed to fulfill the path of becoming a good person according to Huai Xuan. Together with Liu Bogu, Liu Shijin, Liu Chi and others they traveled to Lao Jun Shan mountain, Wu Hou Ancestral Temple and other places to explore the bond between Huai Xuan and the local Sichuanese culture.
Liu Bogu and Yaron Seidman at Lao Jun Shan Mountain where Mr. Liu learned Huai Xuan as a child some 80 years ago
Seidman and Min Junmin learning with Liu Bogu Huai Xuan at Lao Jun Shan mountain
Dr Yaron Seidman, residing in New Zealand, China and Germany, finally immigrated from Israel to the USA in 1996. Embracing both Eastern and Western cultures he developed appreciation to the world’s civilizations. During seven years of studying and practicing the Huai Xuan culture he began developing his own field of vision observing and contrasting cultures. He told Mr. Liu Shijin that once on a visit to Israel he met an old erudite Rabbi who explained “if you are not respectful to your parents how can you go to heaven?” Seidman elaborated to Liu Shijin that Liu Yuan in Yu Cheng Tang Family Precepts wrote exactly the same meaning: “Upon receiving Heaven’s true measure one becomes a human, therefore heaven and earth are like father and mother. My father and mother give me my body and therefore father and mother are just like heaven and earth. To deceive one’s own parents is easy, but to deceive the heavenly parent is difficult. If one thought is deceiving heaven then it means that one is not filial [to his parents], with one thought deceiving the parent then one offends heaven.  To cultivate the proper path one follows the edict of parents, one respects their father and mother just like they would heaven and earth. To fulfil their own nature one serves heaven and earth just like they would their own father and mother.”
At Liu Yuan's tomb 2012
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.”   
Yaron Seidman, a doctor of Chinese medicine, from Israel immigrated to the USA, from the west went to China to learn Chinese medicine and Huai Xuan culture. Following Mr. Liu Jianquan “Observe the times and customs” where one experiences different customs and different times (modernity and antiquity), we have grounds to believe that persisting with the Huai Xuan there will be a time that perhaps Dr Seidman will reach an accomplishment in the merging of east and west of antiquity and modernity.

Confucius said: “To learn and practice what was learned 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?”  That Dr Yaron Seidman comes from such a distance to learn Huai Xuan and become a Huai Xuan disciple, we are touched and humbled and even more so happy. Mr. Nan Huaijin in Analects Selected Verses wrote: “A friend comes from afar not only speaks of space and distance, but when 500 years later, the Han scholar Dong Zhongshu learned and understood Confucius, it is like he was his intimate friend leaping across time.”

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 Bogu explains the Analects
we must first understand “To learn and practice what was learned”, what does it mean to learn and what does it mean to practice? In the teachings of Confucius and Mencius the first chapter title is ‘To learn And’, in it to learn means to learn how to become a good human being, and to practice also means how to practice being a good human being. “When a friend comes from afar” everybody mutually learns the rational of becoming a good human being and the scholarship that there ensues. How could that not be a joyous affair?

In Shuangliu with Liu Shijin and Liu Chi at the last day before going back to USA
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’.
Assuming the path of Confucius and Mencius and the Huai Xuan teachings of becoming a good human being we first cultivate ourselves and then we help others to become better, we promote humanity and love and spread it everywhere in order to benefit the masses.
We now have a reason to look forward to that!
Liu Yuan and disciples circa 1854

special thanks go to the fellows who have helped translate Liu Yuan's works:
Gamal Hamid - Arabic
Hadar Avrahami - Hebrew
Nuno Pastana - Portuguese
Marc Garcia - Spanish
Ira Tselemgou - Albanian
Sebastian Rares Dinu - Romanian
Sebastian Ruppel - German
Olivier Hebting - French
George Michalas - Greek
Marina Danilova - Russian
Dr Seidman - English