Her name is 景秀(Jinxiu), which obviously isn’t
the one given by her French parents. In the Daoist and
Chinese Buddhist practice, there is always a special character
to mark a whole generation, and in this particular case,
it is Jin to be assigned to identify the 32th generation
of lineage bearers for the Complete
Reality’s Dragon Gate (全真龙门) sect. So it makes her
a 32th generation inheritor of the Gate which was initially
installed by legendary Daoist Qiu Chuji (丘处机) about 800
A meditating Jinxiu
But she wasn’t always a Gate keeper. Six years ago she
worked as a medical practitioner at Briton with a Ph.D
in medical sciences from the University of Paris. By then
her name was Karine Martin.
One day in 2001, she joined a recreational meditation
class in where she had her first contact with Daodejing.
The profound connection she thereafter experienced to inner
self and beyond allowed another part of her consciousness,
previously buried deep within, going all the way out to
the surface. And that changed her life forever.
The further study after the course under the guidance
of British Daoist Shijin (世景) and visiting Chinese Daoist
Shizhen (世真) eventually led her to leave behind her job
and boyfriend and take a journey east in pursuing the eternal
Way of Dao.
Six years on, while probing the hidden secret of life,
she lives in a compromised existence in the material sense.
But she thinks it’s all worthwhile. “In China, there is
a culture, a philosophy, that can be of a help to the modern
society and lead us to a world of peace and harmony,” she
A typical scene in the magical sacred Daoist
According to the figure released by the Daoist
association in 2004, there were 25 thousand officially ordained
Daoists and Daoistresses in China by then, with over 1,500
Daoist temples and institutions across the country, many
of them congregated in four most
sacred Daoist mountains, namely Mt. Wudang (武当山) in Hubei,
Mt. Dragon and Tiger (龙虎山) in Jiangxi, Mt. Green Town (青城山)
in Sichuan and Mt. Reaching Clouds (齐云山) in Anhui.
Let Dao guide the way to a harmonious world
Mind Your Steps