Introduction to Performance of Scenes from The Red Book

In this performance you will see seven scenes enacted from The Red Book by C.G. Jung. The book is a record of Jung’s private inner journey as he came to the bedrock of his psychology.

At the start of Liber Primus, the first part of The Red Book, we see Jung at the age of 38. He has lost his way in life, he is struggling with himself, and he finds that something essential is lacking in his perspective and attitude. He would call this “a loss of soul.” To recover his soul, he sets out on an inner journey of searching, wandering and exploration of alien territories within his psyche. This journey lasts some 18 years in total.

Film Introduction: Wisdom of Changes

Richard Wilhelm came to China as a young missionary, where he soon set up a mission that went against conventional expectation. He did not baptize a single Chinese. Instead he strove towards an understanding of Chinese thinking. China was being bled to death by the colonial powers and Richard Wilhelm experienced at first hand revolts against foreigners, the passing of the imperial-dynasties and the First World War.

Welcome from the Conference Chairs

With great honor and respect, we are happy to welcome you here, to the first-ever International Conference on C.G. Jung in Taipei, Taiwan.

Since the publication of The Red Book, the quest and craving for Jung’s hidden treasure has been grown vast both in the West and in the East. Questions were raised as to how The Red Book was intended to be understood. For this purpose, we have organized this conference “Jung Across Cultural Borders” to deepen and broaden our perspectives on The Red Book, I Ching, and Taoism. For an engaging discussion, we will focus on the relationship between Jung and Asia, especially from the perspective of Taoism and Richard Wilhelm’s translation of I Ching.

Starting from The Red Book, we intend to create a transcultural platform to foster a stimulating dialogue about arts, dreams, religions, Taoism, I Ching, and Jungian psychology. We have invited Jungian analysts from East Asia (Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and China), as well as from Europe and the United States to participate in this historical event. Two round tables which gather Jungian analysts will take place on Oct.20 to further address related issues. Thomas Kirsch will give a closing keynote speech and lead us to look into the development of “Jungian Analysts in Asia”.

The spotlights of this conference not only shine in the day time, but continue to shine upon the evening programs. On October 17, we have this honor to invite Murray Stein and his crew to perform “A Performance of Scenes from The Red Book” followed by an insightful discussion. On October 18, Bettina Wilhelm, the granddaughter of Richard Wilhelm and a famous director, will play her documentary movie “Wisdom of Changes” and share with us her experience as Wilhelm’s granddaughter at a personal level.

In this conference, there are four subtropics:

  1. Encountering Taoism through The Red Book
  2. The Asian Perspectives on Richard Wilhelm
  3. East-West Dialogues
  4. Jung, Asia, and Interculture

Once again we welcome you to join us to experience the rich program, to reconnect with old friends and to meet new ones and, above all, to enjoy the intellectual and spiritual fun of the events.

Jenny Chang Founder and Chairperson of Taiwan Institute of Psychotherapy
Co-founder and Chief Culture Officer of Trend Micro Inc.
Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Trend Educational Foundation Board member of Taiwan Jung Developing Group

Hao-Wei Wang, M.DPresident of Taiwan Jung Developing Group
President of Taiwan Association of Psychotherapy
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