Update May 11, 2017
We now offer four of our books also in hardcover editions: "Venerating the Root," Parts One and Two, "Let the Radiant Yang Shine Forth," and "Twelve Characters." For pricing and to order these books, visit our online store here and select "hardcover" under the "options" tab.
Update April 17, 2017
It sure has been a long time that I have updated this page on the website. My apologies! Eventually I am planning a serious overhaul of the entire website but for now I am working on books and teaching full-time, which is keeping me plenty busy. Reading the last update from almost two years ago, I am struck by how much has happened. Here are the highlights:
- We are currently offering FIVE books, all in paperback, with more information to be found here at our online STORE: Two books on Wang Fengyi's 王鳳儀 teaching on "Five-Element Virtue Healing" (Let the Radiant Yang Shine Forth: Lectures on Virtue and Twelve Characters: A Transmission of Wang Fengyi's Teachings); my translation of Sun Simiao's writings 孫思邈 on pediatrics, found in volume five of the "Essential Formulas Worth a Thousand in Gold to Prepare for Emergencies" 備急千金要方 (Venerating the Root, Parts I and II); and lastly the Divine Farmer's Classic of Materia Medica 神農本草經.
- In late April, we will be releasing hard-cover versions of all of our books, with the exception of the Divine Farmer's Classic of Materia Medica, since the formatting of that book does not allow for easy conversation. In addition, Barbara Tada is working on ebook conversions, and those should be forthcoming soon as well, most notably for the Divine Farmer's Classic. For the most recent updates, check my Facebook page on "Happy Goat Productions" or sign up for the Happy Goats newsletter below. I respect your time and don't send out a lot of newsletters.
- I have completed the manuscript for my next book, a translation with extensive historical commentaries and discussion of the "Great Treatise on the Resonant Manifestations of Yin and Yang" 陰陽應象大論, also known as Chapter Five of the Plain Questions 素問 in the Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic 黃帝內經. We are working on revisions and layout right now and are excited to have the fabulous Sunjae Lee once again contributing artwork to this book. This book should see the light of day in about two months.
- While that book is going through its final production stages, I have just started FINALLY to return to Sun Simiao's writings on gynecology and am determined to publish a long overdue revision of my old translation before this year is over, or at least the first volume on pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. This material has sat in my computer for far too long.
- My official job title and place of employment has changed. I am now Assistant Professor at the College of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine. The transition to university status and my heavy involvement in the doctoral Classical Texts series have brought their share of challenges and growth to our program and to me personally. It's an exciting time to be at NUNM.
- The "About Us" page on this website is in need of a big update, with the addition of two amazing women who have been intimately involved in my latest publication and will hopefully continue to do so going forward, as long as I can keep them happy and content. I now have a dream team of support: Meg Chuang is a student at NUNM working on a DUAL doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and in Classical Chinese Medicine (!!!). She is completely bilingual in Chinese and English and also has a deep passion for and understanding of Chinese classical literature, medical and otherwise. She is the absolute ideal and rare proofreader that I thought I would never find! And then for the past year or so I have been working with Barbara Tada with PixelGarden Design from Eugene, OR, on slowly giving our books a little facelift here and there, sprucing up the covers mostly but also making the interior text layout cleaner and easier on the eyes. Both of these women are perfectionists like myself, which has proven such a blessing to complement my own vision of offering the material in these ancient texts in the physical form that they deserve. If there is one thing that Happy Goats can be grateful for in this past year, besides of course the support from readers like you, it is the fact that these two exceptionally talented women are willing to collaborate with me on Happy Goat Productions!
Update may 6, 2-15:
I have been very busy with baby goats, teaching pretty much full-time in the School of Classical Chinese Medicine (National College of Natural Medicine, Portland OR), helping to revise the curriculum for the classical texts aspect of the new entry-level doctorate there (starting Fall 2015!), doing some international lecturing (Israel in March, Germany in May), and last but not least work on Venerating the Roots, Part Two. For more regular updates, please sign up to my newsletter through this website. But here we are:
- Currently available through our store are three physical books ("Venerating the Root: Part One," "Let the Radiant Yang Shine Forth," and "Twelve Characters: A Transmission of Wang Fengyi's Teachings." Also for sale is the e-book version of "Radiant Yang.
- We have found a new printer who is 100% reliable (as opposed to the EBM machine in Portland, which does break down on rare occasions), produces slightly more durable book covers, and allows us to ship directly from the printing facility to you for much lower shipping prices than I was able to get as an individual. Especially for international orders, this has made a big difference.
- The big news: We are only 1-2 days away from printing the first display copy for "Venerating the Root: Part Two"!!! This will be a monster book of about 600 pages so has taken a lot longer than anticipated.
- After some much-needed recovery time, we are hoping to produce a translation of the Shennong Bencao Jing (Divine Farmer's Classic of Materia Medica) over the summer and fall in three successive little volumes.
UPDATE DECEMBER 9, 2014:
The latest developments, a bit slower because I have been very busy with teaching and raising puppies.
- In response to requests from readers outside the US, we have created a digital version of our book "Let the Radiant Yang Shine Forth." You can buy it through the "Store" and will immediately receive a link to download the file that is active for 24 hours. Please respect the copyright of the digital file and do not share it without our consent. We are working hard to make our books as affordable as is humanly possible, given the small readership of these specialized subjects, and depend on the income from book sales.
- We are VERY close to publishing our forthcoming book on Wang Fengyi's system of "five element emotional healing" 性理療病: "Twelve Characters: A Transmission of Wang Fengyi's Teachings." It will be out before the end of this month and is absolutely beautiful, thanks to Sunjae Lee's cover art and Kimberly Reed's amazing layout work.
- I am actively working on a final edit of "Venerating the Root, Part II," the second half of my translation of volume 5 of Sun Simiao's "Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang" 備急千金要方 on pediatrics. I am so honored to be able to include clinical commentary by eminent contemporary clinicians like Julian Scott and Brenda Hood.
- For those of you impatient to get a copy of my translation of Sun Simiao's vols. 2-4 on gynecology, I promise to get back to that as soon as the pediatrics book is out. The new version will be carefully revised, much improved, and complemented with clinical commentary, both historical and modern, to make it more directly applicable in modern clinical practice. I cannot WAIT to get that book back out there. Please do not buy any of the outrageously priced pirated copies out there on the internet in the meantime.
- And yes, somewhere in there, I will also find time to publish a translation of the "Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing" 神農本草經 ("Divine Farmer's Classic of Materia Medica"), which so many of you have been asking about.
Update September 16, 2014:
I am delighted to report that I once again have full copyrights for all my translations of Sun Simiao's Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang, including the gynecology volumes. Lots of work ahead, and priorities have shifted a bit as a result. We will publish Venerating the Root. Part Two (the second half of Sun Simiao's volume 5 on pediatrics) and the book on Wang Fengyi's teachings in the next couple of months, to be followed later this fall or winter by a completely revised new edition of my translation of volumes 2-4 of Sun Simiao's Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang, complete with historical and modern clinical commentaries. We continue to be happily busy shipping books to all corners of the universe and getting wonderful and helpful feedback on our publications. Thank you all so much for your support of Happy Goat Productions!
Update August 15, 2014:
I have changed the shipping charges due to the fact that my daughter is helping me pack and ship books and is asking for a handling fee, which is only fair. Plus it does take a whole lot of time to process orders. Please bear with me as I am learning. So I have added a small handling charge of $2 to the actual cost of shipping through the local Post Office. I have also added international shipping options so that you can now place orders from anywhere in the world.
Update August 9, 2014:
- The website is going public. A giant THANK YOU to Kimberly Reed, Belen Vance, and Zach Zibrat for their help on making it beautiful, and to Keith Loop and Momo Wilms-Crowe for gorgeous pictures.
- Sabine has just yesterday finished her translation of the book 王鳳儀十二字薪傳 (draft title: "Just Twelve Characters: A Transmission of Wang Fengyi's Teachings").
- Getting ready for the fall quarter at NCNM and preparing for the new Classical Texts curriculum in particular will be my next focus. Sorry, no textbook...)-:
Update May 27, 2014:
- Getting the website up and running is obviously first priority!
- We are currently waiting for the hard copy of Wang Fengyi's book, so that Sabine can start work on translating that.
- Brenda Hood has finished the first draft of her translation with commentary of the Nineteen Lines from the Lingshu. Kim Reed is working on turning that into a book.
- Next in line, the second half of "Venerating the Roots," Sabine's translation of the volume on pediatrics from Sun Simiao's 孫思邈 Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang 備急千金要方, is in the pipeline for production, as soon as Kim Gray settles down enough to start working on that, and our contributors for clinical notes have made time to write those.
- Sabine has been discussing a joint publication on "Nurturing the Fetus" with Debra Betts and Geneviéve LeGoff for a number of years now. A book on this topic with a variety of classical sources, illustrations, and modern commentaries on both manual treatments like acupuncture and moxibustion (by Debra Betts) and medicinal treatments (by Geneviéve LeGoff) is very long overdue. We just want to do it right because we all care about this topic so deeply.
- A series of classical Chinese language learning texts need to be prepared in time for the beginning of the NCNM fall quarter in September. Whether they will make it into publishable manuscripts by the end of summer is highly questionable.
- There is always the temptation of a collection of philosophical translations. I am feeling deeply inspired by my current work on the Analects 論語, but I realize that the world doesn't need yet another published translation.