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The I Ching is the most ancient and profound of the Chinese classics, venerated for over three thousand years as an oracle of fortune, a guide to success, and a dispensary of wisdom. This new translation, with commentary by Confucius, emphasizes applying practical wisdom in everyday affairs. Complete instructions for consulting the I Ching are included.
Paperback, 169 pages
Published March 10th 1992 by Shambhala (first published -2800)
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Josh
I find it strange when people quote this book. I've seen multiple philosophers, writers, History Channel documentaries, heck, even Sean Connery in Zardoz quote the I Ching. Don't they realize that the I Ching's advice is directed towards the specific hexagram casted in response to a specific question? Its advice is catered to those who ask it–its words cannot be pulled out of context and applied to any life situation willy-nilly! The results could be disastrous! Take these two quotes, as an exam...more
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...more
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
Mark
At one point in my life while semi-transient, it was necessary to leave a portion of my library behind. So I left a box of books on a corner in Berkeley. My I Ching- the Blofeld translation- was amongst these. Some ten years later, I was browsing a bookstore on Haight St. and found a copy of the I Ching in the dollar discount rack. Opening it to the inside cover revealed a very familiar ink stain- green ink, which I suppose I had spilled on it, back in high school. So what are the odds of anyone...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
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
Erik Graff
Feb 07, 2009 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
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.
Souldaddy
As a skeptic I have a hard time reconciling logic & reason with my experiences concerning this book. The I Ching is like Chinese astrology that uses coins instead dates. You throw the coins and get a nugget of wisdom that speaks to your life and its problems. Logic would immediately say this is preposterous and I tend to agree, even now. The only problem with my conclusion is that hundreds of coin throws have shown me the I Ching is anything *but* random.

A friend introduced me to the book an...more
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...more
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 interpretable text.
Tracy O
Oct 12, 2007 Tracy O rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: use this if you're stuck
Yes, I KNOW. All of the hackles on your back are going up as you read this title. All I can say is that when you read this (and, yep, cast the pennies in this case) you will think this is SO much baloney. But, I really think that the readings are just a way to think about your life using a new window - what's another way to look at my situation? Everytime I think about an issue using this, I have a new insight - it's darn straight-forward.
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.
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.
Michael
Feb 10, 2013 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Asian history or Philosophy
Ever since reading that Jimi Hendrix was influenced by the writings in the I Ching, of course I wanted to find out for myself what was inside. This edition translated and outlined by Edward Shaugnessy cound not have been a better starting point in my study of this ancient Chinese "Classic of Changes".

As a stand-alone reading, the I Ching can be quite cryptic and confusing, and Shaughnessy's introduction gives a well-rounded synopsis of the use, history, and relevance of this text. Further, the M...more
KA N Newton
Not your average review but if it wasn't good I would not have bought more than one copy over nearly 40 years.

I bought my first copy in 1975 when I had a secret bet on the Grand National on Escargot. I remember the assistant in the book department giving me 2 sales receipts for it and marking the book with a 50% off ticket to save me from a black eye for spending so much on the book.

The book helped me so much in my depression. The pages started to fall out so I had to throw it away.

In about 1985...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
Kris
So many versions of this, the oldest tome. This edition is by far my favourite. Wilhelm worked his arse off to make sure that as little as possible got lost in translation, including spending decades absorbing Chinese culture\language. He seemed to have a fantastic understanding of how to present eastern ideas to western minds and he even got his good mate Carl Jung to add in one of the best forewords i've ever read. Highly recommended unless you are the type of person who tends to become a slav...more
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...more
Wazzra
Jun 19, 2014 Wazzra is currently reading it


Stabilization by civilization is the adornment of humanity.

Cultured people value the process of waxing and waning, filling and emptying, for these are the course of nature.

If there is nothing wrong, medicine is not
to be tried.

Cultured people can stand alone without fear, they can withdraw from society without anxiety.

Rectify the family and the world will be settled.

"If you bring attack on yourself by yourself, who else is there to blame?" -I Ching,The Book of Change

"Do not increase something...more
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