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  • Hardcover: 808 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; New Ed edition (21 Oct. 1967)
  • Language: English, Mandarin Chinese
  • ISBN-10: 0844295906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844295909
  • ASIN: 069109750X
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.4 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

From the Publisher

The Princeton/Bollingen Multimedia I Ching arrives September

The Wilhelm/Baynes edition will take new form with the September release of the CD-ROM version, a full guide to I Ching use and a beautiful re-edition of the classic English translation.

In a stunning rendering, the outdoor Oracle Pavilion and the Ming Library offer a full 3D walkthrough, serving as a spatial guide to the structure and use of the Changes; all is harmonized with a stunning backdrop of natural beauty and gentle narration.

The work contains in multiple forms the full text of the Wilhelm/Baynes edition, plus Hellmut Wilhelm's CHANGE: EIGHT LECTURES ON THE I CHING. Throughout, new animated tours and tools--including a yarrow-stalk tutorial, hexagram indexes, the separate Ten Wings texts, reading storage and printout--will guide you to the deep resources of the disc and the history and interpretation of this world classic of wisdom.

From its beginnings, when sages cut and shuffled its pages, the Book of Changes has waited three thousand years for a medium deep enough to hold it, and responsive enough to adapt the Changes to each user. At last, the world's oldest hypertext finds its home.

In July, visit our website at iching.princeton.edu to see what we mean.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Zarah S. Daniel on 23 May 2007
Format: Paperback
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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov. 1998
Format: Hardcover
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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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun. 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Mar. 1997
Format: Hardcover
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
The I Ching, or Book of Changes, is a Chinese book of wisdom which can be used (supposedly) to divine what one's actions SHOULD be in a given situation, by ascertaining the seeds of future events. In their view (and that of all major faiths) the "play" of life - action, motion, speech, externality - is played out on a backdrop of the unchanging, the stable, or the divine. This core or foundation behind what we normally think of as our existence is, in fact, the Real. The other is transitory, ("maya"), always moving, changing (decay, growth, fruition, success, failure, etc.) To be "successful" it must be rooted in and grounded in the unchanging. It must also be virtuous and wise. The authors of this book supposedly fasted and prayed and purified their natures until they could discern the patterns of this movement on top of Reality. By taking action early (holding back, moving forward, etc.) one can shape the seeds of these changes, work with "maya", and basically perform right action. The book can be used as a tool for prophecy, but is also useful just to read for the wisdom contained therein.
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