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"A careful comparison of Huang's translation with the Wilhelm, Legge, and Blofeld versions reveals its superiority in nearly every respect. Readers interested in acquainting themselves with the I Ching for the first time need to look no further; those who have formed a deep personal attachment to a previous translation owe it to themselves to explore this one as well." --I ...more
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Published December 15th 2010 by Inner Traditions / Bear & Company
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Aimee
Oct 02, 2007 Aimee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: philosophers and religion enthusiasts
Shelves: philosophy
I know that in NORMAL circles, it's odd to read an ancient chinese text upon which a non-theistic religion is based. HOWEVER, I am not normal and most of the people I enjoy aren't either. SO, let me say that of all the religious texts I have ever read, there is something fundamentally gorgeous about the foundations of this Taoist book. I find it beautiful, cosmically true and irrefutably WISE in its basic applications. By this I mean that the eight pure three-line gua are hypnotically symbolic o ...more
Scott
This is one of my favorite translations of the Yi Jing. There are three books I use most often when I throw the coins: the classic Wilhelm/Baynes translation, this one, and Carol Anthony's A Guide to the I Ching. What I like about the Alfred Huang book is that it is very readable and useful, and at the same time feels like it is conveying the nuances of the Chinese meanings better than any other translation I have used. Huang explains in better detail a number of the odd turns of phrase that Wil ...more
Joe Fiala
4 stars is a little generous in my book, but these are 4 stars relative to other works. A good all-around translation. I think he adds too much at times, perhaps lending to much credibility to his own interpretations. Nonetheless, it is nice to see how a well-educated Taoist would present his understanding of the Yi Jing to others.
Mark
Classic Confucius. This book sent me into real-life mind-bending mysteries and opened my creative channels. Loved it and practiced it.
Ramakrishnan
I Ching expounds the Truth of Change.

Ancient sages and seers realized there exists a universal principle that everything is a process of continuous change. This is based upon astronomical phenomena and topographical changes. The sages also sensed that it was crucial for one to understand the laws of change; only then one could respond to changes in life in the most suitable way.

Literal meaning of Ching is Tao or Truth. I Ching is also known as the Tao of Change or the Tao of I.

Ancient sage Fu Xi
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John
i gave this book the best chance i could at reading it from end to end. but it is terribly slow going and i am not getting anything out of it, so stopping at page 241 after getting through 27 of 64 hexagrams.

because the translator is a native chinese speaker and a scholar of the i ching, there is a lot of information in here that i do not remember encountering from the handful of other sources i have read (wilhelm-baynes, blofield, taoist i ching, other more minor works). however the treatment i
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booksandcakes
used as part of a reading group -- each of us purposely used a different translation of the I Ching -- the group consensus (although none of could read the original in it's original language) deemed this one to seem the most authentic in wording and feel
Jim Parker
This is another of those books not to read cover to cover so much but something to pick up if you are unsure that the way you are looking at the world is correct. Toss the yarrow sticks or the coins and refresh you perspective.

The translation in this book is suppose to be excellent but I have no way of evaluating the accuracy. However, it does read better than others I have encountered.
Char
This I Ching interpretation is the best one I have ever read.

Master Huang writes with a deep understanding that could only come
from a lifetime of experience and knowledge in Chinese spiritual and
literary studies. He brings the I Ching to life in an honest and
true way.

I learned so much from reading his translation. Thank you, Master Huang,
for this wonderful gift.
Beau
Aug 08, 2008 Beau rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Beau by: Craig Hanks
This is my bible. Perfect map to reaching a balance in nature- the higher power being the "great integrity" of all things. The translations vary, making it easy to select your favorite version by comparing a section of the text...
Keith Ford
Ok book. Fun to do it the way its supposed to be done. Decent companion to the Bible when searching for help with problems. Offers some focus.
Margad Esme
анх эртний хятадын философи хичээл дээр натурфилософи гээд л уншиж билээ.. нүдийг минь нээсэн.. өөрчлөлтийн судар гэж орчуулагддаг бхаа хэхэ
Chimezie Ogbuji
Jan 17, 2010 Chimezie Ogbuji rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: linguists and philosophers
Has seal script, legge / Wilheim translations as well as phonetic translations and very well written historical foreward
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A third-generation master of Wu style Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, and Oriental meditation, Master Alfred Huang is a professor of Taoist philosophy who studied the I Ching with some of China’s greatest minds--only to be imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution in 1966 and sentenced to death. For 13 years in prison Master Huang meditated on the I Ching and found the strength to survive. Released in 19 ...more
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