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I Ching: The Book of Change

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The I Ching (Book of Change) is considered the oldest of the Chinese classics, and has throughout Chinese history commanded unsurpassed prestige and popularity. Containing several layers of text and given numerous levels of interpretation, the I Ching has been venerated for more than three thousand years as an oracle of fortune, a guide to success, and a source of wisdom.

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Mass Market Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 12th 2006 by Shambhala (first published -2800)
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Danielle
Nov 10, 2007 Danielle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in age-old advice
I read a little bit of this book almost every day. I can usually find a sentence or more that resonates with me on that day. The ancients believed that this book was a representation of the voices of spirits. It is thousands of years old. I don't know how to use divination with it, but I feel like it is a reliable friend who always gives good advice pertinant to my situation.
My favorite line today is, "Everything that gives light is dependent on something to which it clings, in order that it ma
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Erik Graff
Nov 16, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: C.G. Jung
Shelves: religion
The introduction by C.G. Jung was quite helpful in making sense of these ancient "divination texts" as reflective tools. So helpful that I tried it several times with the simple coin method and could see what he was getting at. Intellectually, however, the most interesting thing was the suggestion of a radically different sense of time. Emotionally, I had been brought up with the ideology of evolutionary progress while intellectually I subscribed to the notion of time as the essentially neutral ...more
Tita
This one is, for me, the grandfather of all the books I use. I occasionally read it, consult it, when I want a complete and full (and usually quite symbolic and mysterious) reading, for it is the translation closest to the original that I have found. However, I have other translations I use for faster readings or for explanations/explorations into deeper aspects of the figures. My longtime copy of this book has been packed away for several years (long story!), and I have continually thought that ...more
Emanuela
Devo rileggermi l'introduzione di C.G.Jung perchè Brunella Antomarini in Pensare con l'errore dedica quasi un capitolo ai Ching ed ho bisogno di confrontarle.
Chris
Mind blown. The Book of Changes has changed me--significantly and substantially.
John
de facto translation of the i ching for english-onlys like us americans tend to be. if you are really interested in the i ching, you need to read this book at least once and to keep it as a reference. the readings are incredibly insightful and sound incredibly natural given the two levels of translation (chinese -> german -> english). i often find myself wondering if the obfuscation of the double translation is actually a blessing for such an esoteric and uninterpretable text.
j.marvin
so,
I only really read the introduction.
plus a bit of the rest.
but only really the intro.
and mostly in the Arapahoe National Forest

when my hair was long.
it was awesome.

all of it.
Sidhartha
This is only alive book I know. I'm reading it constantly or maybe it would be more correct to say am talking with it constantly.
Robtee
It profits the wise man to cross the water,
to be still in winter,
active in summer,
humble in life
and graceful in death
Mr. P
I've been studying this book since 1973, the same year I went to college.
Brandon Burrup
My intent is not to offend any who use this book for spiritual meaning or guidance, therefore if that is you I highly recommend you not read my review and simply move on and accept that not everyone finds meaning in the same way. And frankly much worse has been said about my own religious literature than what I'm about to say.

That said, this book is absolutely ridiculous. I'll be honest I only made it through about 3 or 4 pages, and all I gathered from that is that man is good and man is bad and
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Killthepopular
You aren't really meant to read it from cover to cover. It's more something that you delve into in a semi-chaotic manner from time to time. The text functions as something of a "random fresh-perspective generator" and can help you to see specific problems in a new light.

I found it pretty insightful and hope that i can find it useful in the future. I haven't spent enough time with it to be able to recommend it but i suspect most people would find the sort of input that the I Ching can offer to be
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Mark Cooper
"Clouds rise up to heaven: The image of WAITING. Thus the superior man eats and drinks, is joyous and of good cheer."

The I Ching is perhaps the oldest book on moral philosophy in the world. Here one can find advice about how we ought to live. It offers advice about when to fight and when to flee, when to act and when to wait. However, that advice changes based on our always changing circumstances. The recognition of this cycle of change is at the heart of the I Ching. Accordingly, it was not mea
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Marydanielle
I've had my I Ching since 1968, when I was 13, throwing coins in my attic bedroom to navigate my way through turbulent times - the I Ching was and is more than a book to me; it offers a place, an actual space created when the book opens, of calm and quiet reflection. This particular I Ching is quite a scholarly edition, but I haven't really used it as such until very recently, always before preferring to throw my coins and read the "text," the most spiritual and maybe abstract explanation of the ...more
Travis
The I Ching or Book of Changes is a fascinating book. What drew me into this book is the sheer richness of its content. Richard Wilhelm analyzes all 64 hexagrams of the King Wen sequence in minute detail. First he gives a primer on the I Ching, which leads to in-depth, line-by-line analysis of each hexagram's original text, and lastly, he dissects the structure of each hexagram and its related commentaries (for instance, hexagrams are made up of two primary trigrams and two nuclear trigrams...). ...more
Atilagos
The book that makes more of who you already are became my "Bible", one that I will read for the rest of my life, one that confirms my ideas but doesn't tell me what to do. Perception changing, but only when you are ready.
A friend spoke about it some 15 years ago, but it wasn't time for me yet.
A few years ago, it helped me fight my fears and doubts and it's voice is always calming in the world of very loud nothingness.
Francesco D'Isa
One of the earliest oracles of the world; the good news is that because of magic, Jungian synchronicity, chance, psychology, rhetoric or a bit of everything, it can't be wrong.
Plot: I Ching answers your important questions.
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Rachel Eliason
the I Ching is a must have in my library. I use it frequently and have always found it useful and insightful. It's quirky and has a mind of it's own. I love the I Ching.
One short I Ching story. When I was a much younger person I moved to Davenport Iowa. My car broke down the day before the move. My ex and I decided to move anyway and purchase a new vehicle after we got there. We borrowed a friend's car our first day in Davenport and drove everywhere looking at car lots. There was nothing in our
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Steve Gambino
The introduction by Carl Jung is excellent and provides a good start for the Westerner who comes to this ancient work. It's not necessarily something you read once and leave behind but can come back to at various points in life and find further richness in the wisdom of the east.
Tommy Tong
Required reading for every Asian expert, but extremely difficult for the layman to understand. I have read the book 3 times and have extensive Chinese historical, philosophical and linguistic knowledge but still cannot talk very intelligently on it.
Bill Currie
The complexities of the I Ching would make any review difficult especially having gone through two translations from Chinese to German to English. However the generous use of footnoting provides the reader with clarification and interpretation when needed.
To comment on the content of the I Ching is not something I am wise enough to attempt. This is a compiled history of ancient Chinese thought spanning more than two thousand years with the great minds of many sages providing discussion and chan
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Michael
Kerson and Rosemary Huang's edition of the I Ching is another view of the ancient Chinese Book of Changes. The thoroughly, yet not boringly, follow the Changes from its inception throughout the various Dynasties, following the historical additions to the text. Additionally, they demonstrate Confucius' reverence for its wisdom and guidance, as well as the tragic contrast with the bureaucratic Confucians' ironic twisting of its meaning to fit their own selfish purposes.

According to the Huangs, the
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Michael McGrinder
I added the shelf -never finished reading- for this book, by which I mean it is a book with which one is never finished.
Dana
My friend, Miguel, gave me this book as a parting gift. I was leaving a life of mental wandering and physical labor and returning to my home base in the city after an extended 3 year road trip. I read the book cover to cover and it wasn't until I was 2/3 through it that someone who saw me reading it decided to point out the divination aspect of it.

That aside, this book has had a profound impact on my perspective and how I approach each day and each challenge. It has guided me through a very ble
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Deborah Blair
Being formally trained in Carl Jung M.D.s work - it is hard to ignore a book that he helped Richard Wilhelm bring to Western attention. It is helpful to read guides on using the I Ching and/or to have someone help one come to understand the use of this tool. Many have used this as a "what-does-the-future-bring" from a shallow, New Age point of view. In its proper use as a support tool this can help us interact with the mystery of who we are and the Greater Mystery of the Divine . . . it is usefu ...more
Thomas
Many popular translations or treatments of this book treat the I Ching as a parlor game of sorts, a very complicated magic eight ball. And while this translation covers the oracular nature of the book, it doesn't concentrate on it. Wilhelm and Baynes are more concerned with the philsophical, and to a lesser extent, the historical content and context of the book. It's not an easy read by any means, but if you're interested in looking at the taoist and Confucian aspects of the I, this is one of th ...more
Alexander Kitiashvili
კაცი მაღალ კოშკშის კითხვისას გამახსენდა რო ეს წიგნი ადრე ნაყიდი და წაკითხული მქონია :/
Ben
Dec 13, 2012 Ben is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I actually don't read the English translation, but one in my language, which I cannot find on goodreads, hence I use this version as a temporary replacement.

It's not a book to read, but more of one to reference. The fundamentals of concepts behind I Ching is amazingly profound, which keeps me coming back again and again to this book. And every time I do, it feels like my understanding (and view) of I Ching changes a bit, which understandably fits the underlying theme of this work (or at least, f
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Richard
I got into the I Ching over ten years ago, and I still enjoying consulting it every now and then for "amusement purposes only". The Wilhelm/Baynes version has often been considered the definitive English translation since it was published in 1950. I find this translation a little too dry and confusing. I prefer more recent translations,especially since I don't take my fortunes all that seriously (although some can seem creepily valid). Still, this version is a must for anyone seriously into the ...more
J. Walker
For over a decade in my 20s and 30s, I kept a lunar daybook, and each weekly period was dedicated to explicating a chapter in the I Ching; every 6 days, I would through my own I Ching, and read the related chapters. It wasn't, for me, so much a book of divination as it was a book of explanation - it explained social responsibility and social order to me in a clear and understandable way. it only took 10 years to see this clearly. You never learn everything in any Book of Wisdom completely, so yo ...more
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