Mark Throws Away Wheel­chair in China


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Shi Pan史攀

Mark, an­other French­man has a dif­fer­ent story from Thomas.

Mark al­ways wears a lar­ge­sized blue coat, a pair of white pants and a flat cap. When shop­ping, he likes to carry a cloth bag, look­ing charm­ingly naive. Mark has been liv­ing in Shiyan City for nine years, and his wife Zhang Xi­uhua is a Shiyan na­tive.

Mark was an en­gi­neer in France. In 1991, he fell from a truck at work. Af­ter months of treat­ment, the doc­tor said that he would be bound to a wheel­chair for the rest of his life. One day, Mark heard of the mag­i­cal ef­fects of Chi­nese Qigong ther­apy, so he de­cided to go to China for treat­ment.

Mark came to China in 1994, and in less than three years, with the help of a Qigong mas­ter, Mark could walk in­de­pen­dently from his pre­vi­ous semi-par­a­lyzed con­di­tion. Dur­ing treat­ment, Mark learned about the health preser­va­tion cul­ture of China’s Taoist school, and he de­vel­oped a keen in­ter­est in it. In or­der to learn more about Taoist cul­ture, he fol­lowed his mas­ter’s sug­ges­tion and went to the Wu­dang Moun­tains.

In 1997, when Mark came to Wu­dang for the first time, he was deeply at­tracted by the nat­u­ral land­scape and hu­man­is­tic cul­ture, and he thought of set­tling down there.

At that time, Mark al­ready had a fam­ily in France. In or­der to per­suade his wife to live in China, he trav­elled to and from France many times. Af­ter years of fruit­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Mark gave up ev­ery­thing he had in France, and came to Shiyan, with only 5,000 yuan in his pocket.

Grad­u­ally, Mark made lots of friends dur­ing his stay in Wu­dang.

On his 55th birth­day, he re­ceived some cal­lig­ra­phy works from his friends.

One of them says, “French Fel­low in Wu­dang.”

An­other one is a sen­tence, “As the say­ing goes, the uni­verse is a big world, and hu­man be­ings are a small world. With a pos­i­tive mind, the uni­verse will be bright, and with a healthy qi, the uni­verse will be in har­mony.”

These words have been adopted by Mark in his WeChat pro­file.

When I asked him if he un­der­stood the mean­ing, he nod­ded.

“Man is an in­te­gral part of na­ture. We must be a per­son of in­tegrity…”

Mark ex­plained with ges­tures. (From ShiyanWeekly , Is­sue 1459. Trans­la­tion: Zhu Yaguang)

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