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Legacy of a Dutch Taoist in China....

โ€˜๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜›๐˜ข๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฐโ€™

Early this month was the final 7th โ€œRitual of Ascensionโ€, ending the mourning period for ๆ–ฝ่ˆŸไบบ (Shi Zhouren) in the Xuanmiao Temple in Suzhou, better known in the West as Dutch national born Kristofer Schipper. Died on 18th of February, Schipper was Professor in #Sinology, initiated as Taoist Priest in 1967 after his study with Taoist master Chen Rongsheng in the Taiwanese city of Tainan.

His death has been commemorated in different temples in China, praised for his thoughts how #Taoism (and generally Chinese philosophy) is naturally embedded and alive in Chinese society. In the 70โ€™s, he settled in #Paris and spent 25 years with his students researching, translating and classifying over 1,500 books and documents to produce the three-volume 1800-page โ€œThe Taoist Canon: A Historical Companion to Daozangโ€, reference for today's Taoist scholars.

He also wrote a book 'The Taoist Body' in 1994.

Upon retirement in 2001 he returned to #China and established the โ€œLibrary of the Western Belvedereโ€ (่ฅฟ่ง‚่—ไนฆๆฅผ) at Fuzhou University, making western literature on humanities and social sciences more accessible to Chinese scientists.

ๆ–ฝ่ˆŸไบบ (Shi Zhouren), Kristofer Schipper

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