jiě (解)

Sivin translates jiě (解) as ‘sort out’ in discussing the four stages of the transmission of medical texts delineated by Chunyu-I early in the second century B.C.E., which was likely several decades before the Nèijīng was initially recorded. Jiě (解) is the third stage, which refers to a disentangling of things that are profoundly interwoven. This process continues to be very significant, especially for contemporary practitioners who are challenged to ‘sort out’ various phenomena from their unconsciously projected ‘modern worldview.’ I’ve often rendered jiě (解) as either “disentangle” or “explain.” I’ve written about this important idea in “Chunyu-I and the Stages of Classical Text Transmission” and “Sorting Out Symptoms.”

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