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The I Ching or Book of Changes (Bollingen Series (General))

The I Ching or Book of Changes (Bollingen Series (General)) [Kindle Edition]

Hellmut Wilhelm , C. G. Jung , Richard Wilhelm , Cary F. Baynes
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"Princeton's Bollingen edition--still regarded as the best and most authentic by I Ching aficionados."--The New York Times Book Review

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The I Ching, or Book of Changes, a common source for both Confucianist and Taoist philosophy, is one of the first efforts of the human mind to place itself within the universe. It has exerted a living influence in China for 3,000 years, and interest in it has been rapidly spreading in the West.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2227 KB
  • Print Length: 824 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 069109750X
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 3rd edition (2 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S6QSYO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the easiest but the best 23 May 2007
The Wilhelm translation was my first introduction to the I ching. Finding it incredibly useful I sought out other books and was consistently disappointed.

Many books over simplify, thinking that this will make the text more accessible. Unfortunately they often remove what is essential for individual interpretation. Many remove things that sound too oriental to appeal to western thinking and also end up restricting the way a text can be interpreted. The worst of all are those that try to make the I Ching fit in with modern 'mystic' thinking. They turn a useful, practical book into another tree-hugger's companion!

The value of the Wilhelm translation is that it gives you the text and trusts you to apply it honestly to the issue you are trying to resolve. It takes time to get used to the terminology but reading the introduction will help, as will regular usage. This book doesn't so much answer the questions of your life as tell you which direction to head in if you honestly want to find your answers. As such I find it more useful, practical and, above all, truthful than many books you can find taking up the 'self-help' or 'esoteric' sections of bookstores.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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For anyone interested in the I Ching, this is the only version that approximates the real experience. Richard Wilhelm does much more than translate the words, he lets the western mind into the idea and philosophy of this great book. All other versions I've read trivialize the I Ching, this one lets its true greatness through.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This really is THE i ching!!! 5 Jun 2001
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I've only had this book a week or so and it is truly a fantastic translation, written with both clarity and insight. Many versions of the I-Ching are hard work and can actually put you off attempting to use the oracle ever again. Not so with this one. There is a real sense of movement contained within the text, that breathes both life and depth into this inspirational classic. Carl Jung's introduction is not to be missed either. If you can only afford one translation make it this one.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The original, but is it the best? 16 Dec 2000
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This is the translation that really brought the I Ching to the West, and it's still going strong. It's worth buying just for Jung's preface, which is absolutely fascinating. Wilhelm translated all of the I Ching, which is more than can be said for many later versions, and gives extensive commentaries of his own. Still, it's not my favourite translation: it concentrates very strongly on Neo-Confucian moralising at the expense of the more imaginative, magical aspect of the I Ching. (To be fair to Wilhelm, not much was known about that in his time.) A generation has depended on this book for their contact with the oracle, and it still has a great deal to offer - but I'm not sure that it's compulsory reading any more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Ching - Wilhelm's Classic. 20 Nov 2010
By ShiDaDao Ph.D TOP 1000 REVIEWER
For many in the West, this book is the archetypal English translation of the 'I Ching' or 'Book of Change'. Its appeal continues, despite a plethora of modern, scholastic editions of this ancient Chinese text, as well as the enormous market for new age, or alternative interpretations of this book. Modern pinyin, (that is the Roman alphabet as used in China to spell Chinese words), the Book of Change is infact the 'Classic of Change', and is spelt 'Yijing'. That is, 'yi' equals 'change', and 'jing' equals 'Classic'. Wilhelm of course, wrote his original translation in German, where it was printed as the 'I Ging', which carries a pronunciation in German that approximates 'Yijing'. When the book was translated into English, Cary Baynes - the translator - kept the German 'I', in the title, which carries a different pronunciation in English, to that in German etc.

The 1950 English (first) edition of Wilhelm's work was not the first translation in this language. Prior to Wilhelm, there was the versions of James Legge (1882), and Thomas McClatchie (1876), the latter of which was published in Shanghai. For hundreds of years before this time, (the late 1800's), there had been a number of renderings into Latin by Catholic missionary priests sent to China, the earliest of which appears to be dated to 1658 (Couplet). Richard Wilhelm (1873-1930) was a missionary himself, with a profound interest in the study of Chinese culture. He was a friend of Carl Jung (1875-1961), who incidently, was the teacher of Cary Baynes (1883-1977). The German edition of Wilhelm's book was published in 1924. Cary Baynes translated a number of Jung's text into English, and following a request from Jung himself, she began translating the 'I Ching' just prior to 1930.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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I've used this translation for 18 years and my understanding of its imagery continues to expand. Most other versions are trite and attempt to explain situations too directly for meaningful interpretation. This version, although hard work, releases and guides your own boundless imagination and creativity to come to bear upon the consultation process.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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What we have here is probably the oldest written work in continuous use in the history of the human race--something on the order of 3000 to 5000 years! Confucius spent a major portion of his life studying and annotating it (unfortunately, much of his work has been lost), and it has been a source of advice and guidance to sages and rulers in the Orient throughout that time.

You may have heard that it is used in Chinese fortune-telling, and it is--but not in the Occidental sense of that term. Without going into lengthy explanations, let me just say that the Chinese hit on an understanding of--and a way of practically applying--Chaos Theory, thousands of years before Western physicists coined the term. As to whether or not it "works", I can attest that it does. But don't take my word for it--try it yourself!

There are many different translations of this work--so why choose this one? This particular edition is not just a translation, but a transliteration. Richard Wilhelm worked closely with a leading Chinese scholar to make sure that the work would be comprehensible to the Occidental mind. And believe me, the ideas involved do not readily translate into any Western language.

To make sure that these ideas could be truly grasped by Westerners, the editors translated the work from Chinese into German, from German into English, and then translated the work from English back into Chinese, thus ensuring that the ideas survived the transitions intact.

Unless you were raised in the language, customs, and culture of the Orient, this is not just the best edition, it is the ONLY edition. This is indeed one of the greatest works of philosopy and literature ever produced by our species. Needless to say, I highly recommend it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars heavy reading
A very deep look into the I Ching-heavy going for my level of comprehension,but all aspects of the subject are covered in depth
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very affordable
I have a very old hardback copy of this - and although you can 'throw' the trigrams virtually online it is a nice thing to have in our holiday home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Divination or Wisdom?
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Published 9 months ago by Ollie
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Published 13 months ago by Mark Stipanovsky
4.0 out of 5 stars Book great - Pity About the Cover
This hardback was in very good condition at a very good price, and I am very pleased with it. It replaced an ancient paperback, I have had for 20 years or so, going very brown,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. J. Miles
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The must have bible for anyone thinking of taking up the study of The I Ching. Extensive explanations and set out in a concise way for the learner to understand.
Published on 22 Feb 2012 by Karmakat
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Is the best I Ching to read and use, I strongly recommend it.
It has a good translation and interpretation with an hint of psychology belonging from Jung himself.
Published on 30 Sep 2011 by Alessandro
5.0 out of 5 stars The original Wilhelm-Baynes translation remains an indispensable...
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