Jun Wang

Apr 25, 2022

Cultivation of Qi and Inner Alchemy in Chinese Wisdom Traditions

A Discussion with Jun Wang

New Books Network 2022

In this episode, Jun recounts her journey from growing up in China and learning Chinese medicine, to moving to the USA to study anthropology, to arriving here at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Jun starts the conversation by reciting Lao Tsu’s poetry from the Dao De Jing, and continues to share her holistic approaches to wellbeing through the Chinese wisdom traditions. Jun discusses the fundamental interconnection of Chinese medicine and Daoist philosophy, and the practices of inner alchemy and cultivating Qi, highlighting her special connection to the music of the guqin, the ancient Chinese stringed instrument.

Dr. Jun Wang, Research Fellow and core faculty of East-West Psychology Department at CIIS, holds a Bachelor of Chinese Medicine from the Capital University of Medical Science, Beijing, and a PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Wang came to CIIS following several years as a licensed acupuncturist in the state of North Carolina and core faculty member at the Integrative Medical Program, School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill, and later at the Institute for Holistic Health Studies at San Francisco State University. Formerly Director of the Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program of ACTCM at CIIS and president of the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, California, Dr. Wang has authored and co-authored a number of journal articles and books, including Cultivating Qi: An Introduction to Chinese Body-Mind Energetics(North Atlantic, 2011), and a book chapter, "Chinese Medicine: Health and Balance for the Whole Person" in Science and Religion: One World, Many Possibilities (Routledge, 2014). Dr. Wang's teaching and research interests include multidisciplinary research on traditional Chinese medicine; East Asian philosophies and psychology; Chinese body-mind energetic healing systems. She is the co-Chair of Traditional and Complementary Medicine (TCM) Research Group (since 2015), conducting several Asian community-based collaborative health research projects.

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Stephen Julich has worked as an adjunct instructor in History and Anthropology at the City College of New York, as a lecturer in Jungian Studies at the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, and as an adjunct instructor at the California Institute of Integral Studies where he has taught classes on ensouled writing and Western Esotericism.

Jonathan Kay is a professional musician, and is currently a PhD student in the department of East-West Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco under the mentorship of Dr. Debashish Banerji.

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