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Power of GentlenessMeditations on the Risk of Living$
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Anne Dufourmantelle

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279586

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279586.001.0001

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A Silent Transformation

A Silent Transformation

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(p.38) A Silent Transformation
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Power of Gentleness
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Anne Dufourmantelle

, Katherine Payne, Vincent Sallé
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823279586.003.0013

Chinese thought and culture emphasize transitions, invisible germinations, and sentient life in contrast to Western culture that is focused on fixed identity. Gentleness is tied to this gradual process of transformation. Transformation is an attitude, a state of body and mind, a harmony with the “natural” pattern of things that mature and flourish, interacting with their surroundings. Gentleness also contains the seed of its opposite.

Keywords:   China, gentleness, identity, metamorphosis, nature, transformation

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