Claude Larre or Father Larre (1919-2001),was first and foremost a priest, as well as a scholar and a teacher. He held degrees in law, French literature, philosophy, theology and Chinese. When he earned his doctorate in Philosophy and Sinology at the University of Paris, he chose to write on the Huainanzi, a text of Taoist philosophy from the first century B.C. That interest developed into his specialty: translating the Chinese medical classics.
In 1976 he helped establish the European School of Acupuncture and published two dictionaries : the Chinese-to-French Dictionnaire Ricci, based on a profound knowledge of the classical texts and of the etymology of the Chinese ideograms, and shortly before his death, the greatly expanded version, the Grand Dictionnaire Ricci.
To illustrate Claude Larre’s impact, I quote from an article written by Peter Eckman entitled: ‘He opened the door’, to honour Claude Larre after his passing in December 2001:
“Larre single-handedly opened the door to the scholarly study of ancient Chinese medical philosophy, with its emphasis on Spirit, for the English speaking acupuncture community”.
Peter Eckman M.D., acupuncturist and author of ‘In the Footsteps of the Yellow Emperor; Tracing the History of Traditional Acupuncture’.
Dianne M. Connelly, co-founder of the Traditional Acupuncture Institute,USA, and author of “Traditional Acupuncture : The Law of the Five Elements” was another to recognise the gifts he left us. To quote from an article by her, again for the passing of Claude Larre, entitled “He summoned us to Oneness”:
“Of all the gifts brought to us by Father Larre, the greatest is the imperative of ONE…We had forgotten that FIVE is ONE showing itself as FIVE. ONE is the starting point always. Everything comes from ONE and returns to ONE”.One here is to be seen as the unique individual we are treating, as well as the Tao or Unity.
This shows the importance of treating our patients as unique and whole in essence, beyond any imbalance or symptoms that may have manifested. (cont.)