The Apricot Grove: a tradition of healing and service

In Chinese, the term 'Xinglin ' means 'Apricot Grove'. In his Shenxian Zhuan (Biographies of Divine Immortals ), the Daoist philosopher Ge Hong (283-343 C.E.) tells the story of a physician named Dong Feng who lived during China’s Three Kingdoms period (220-280 C.E). Dong Feng was widely recognized for his medical skills and altruistic spirit.  When a patient was cured of a serious disease, he asked that five apricot trees be planted in a nearby grove.  If the disease was less serious, he asked that only one tree be planted.  During his lifetime, Dong Feng attended many patients and over time, the apricot grove grew to over 100,000 trees. Those who gathered apricots were asked to leave a small amount of rice in the central granary. This in turn was used to feed those less fortunate. Thus, from advanced medical knowledge and a spirit of compassion, grew a forest that alleviated the suffering of many.  Because of his actions, Dong Feng is regarded as one of China's original sage-physicians. 'Xinglin' and the concept of the Apricot Grove expresses the qualities of medical skill, ethics and humane care.  In this spirit, Xinglin Institute researchers seek to improve the quality of the human condition through innovations in medicine and science to create a healthy more just and sustainable future.





















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