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The Living I Ching: Using Ancient Chinese Wisdom to Shape Your Life

The Living I Ching: Using Ancient Chinese Wisdom to Shape Your Life [Kindle Edition]

Ming-Dao Deng
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From the author of 365 Tao and a leading authority on Taoist practice and philosophy comes a completely innovative translation of the classic text of Eastern wisdom, the I Ching.

The I Ching, or Book of Changes, is an ancient manual for divining the future. Its basic text is traditionally attributed to the Chinese King Wen, the Duke of Zhou, and the philosopher Confucius. By tossing coins, rolling dice, using a computer, or, more traditionally, counting yarrow stalks, one can create a seemingly random combination of heads or tails, odd or even, yin or yang, to construct six lines (for example, solid for odd numbers or broken for even numbers). These six lines make up a hexagram that provides advice, predictions, and answers to questions on topics from love and career to family and finance.

While known mostly as a tool of divination, the I Ching is also a repository of centuries of wisdom. Most of the existing translations offer either dense, scholarly commentary or little more than fortune-cookie platitudes, but in The Living I Ching Deng Ming-Dao takes a more holistic approach. His new translation recovers the true wisdom and philosophy of this ancient classic, so that the I Ching becomes more than just a book of fortune-telling -- it becomes a manual for living.


To be blunt, no other "I ching" lays out its philosophy simply and clearly. Written by the bestselling author of "365 Tao: Daily Meditations", this book has been reviewed in "MBS" magazines. You will also find reviews and mentions of this book in "MBS" pages of national newspapers e.g., "Body & Soul" and "The Times". Deng is the author of "365 TAO" and 7 other "Harper" titles. A renowned Taoist authority, Deng applies his own knowledge and poetic sensibilities to one of the world's oldest books - the "I Ching". Rather than using this ancient book of wisdom as a fortune cookie, Deng's rendition opens it up so that it is restored to its purpose - that of an "art of living" manual. While mostly known as a tool of divination, the "I Ching" is actually a repository of centuries of wisdom. Most of the existing translations neglect the wisdom and philosophy of the "I Ching". Deng, first of all acknowledges the challenges of translation - it is of course written in ancient Chinese, and some of the words appear only in the "I Ching" and nowhere else.

Deng has taken a more holistic approach to the book - his aim is to expose the very basic wisdom and philosophy of the "I ching" so that it becomes more than "just" a divinatory tool, it becomes a manual for living - so that readers will be able to apply the lessons of the "I ching" to their everyday lives, not just with an occasional reading. The language itself is friendly, open and welcoming without compromising the integrity of the original text. This will be beautifully illustrated with Deng's own pen and ink drawings.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2294 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060850027
  • Publisher: HarperOne (2 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CWC2CJ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #490,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Balance 30 April 2008
I don't generally submit reviews, but as the only other one of this book seems unfair and may deter poeple from trying it I feel obliged. There will never be a perect translation/transliteration of the Yijing. Every effort will reflect the intent, perception and limitations of the author. Deng Ming-Dao may not claim to be a Daoist master (which genuine one would?) but he is better qualified than many who have taken on the task. What we have here is a quite focussed and poetic approach that is accessible and usable, yet also informative on background, history and modern context. Anyone interested in the Yijing is going to end up with several copies at least. Which ones exactly will depend on their requirements, but this version sits quite happily on my shelves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive I Ching 25 Nov 2010
By Matrose
In view of a previous negative review I feel compelled to write my own - my first!

Over the last forty years I have collected many versions of the I Ching, including the excellent Wilhelm and Karcher editions. However, none of these can compare to the "The Living I Ching" by Deng Ming-Dao.

On Page xxviii of the Introduction he states that :
"There must be a step-by-step way of absorbing the Changes directly. There must be a way to explore the Changes beyond both traditional interpretations and scholarly enquiries. In short, there must be way to answer these three questions:

What does the Changes mean?
How can it be used?
How can we hear it directly?

Answering these questions is the goal of 'The Living I Ching'. ... You will discover the wisdom of the the Changes that neither masters nor scholars have yet shown us."

The author, who in my opinion is a true Taoist Master, achieves this superbly by means of lyrical prose, poetry and the author's own black and white paintings..

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 20 Oct 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
why is this only £6.49 on itunes? and even discounted, over £8 on amazon?
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5 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title 4 July 2007
By lector
When I bought this book, I supposed that this version of the I Ching was a readable one, one pocket-size book to read more easily than the academic versions of this great work. I was wrong: this is just another heavy, not handy version with four hundred pages, which does not contribute to a easy understanding of the subtleties of the I Ching. As the author himself says (page X): "Calling this book an act of madness, folly, and vanity would be to elevate it too much. Calling it stupid would be too thin a description. This is not a scholarly book; I am not qualified. Neither is the work of a master; I have no lofty authority."

I call it simply unnecesary and pretentious. If you are not qualified to write a scholar translation, and you are not a taoist or confucianist master, why do you dare to publish a book about I Ching?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical Wisdom 8 Sep 2007
By Naomi Dozono - Published on
Ming-dao does a marvellous job of conveying the essential mystery and poeticism of the I-Ching, capturing its exotic flavor, while at the same time, in the second double-page, explaining the gist of the message for the western reader. Still, it is good to own several versions, because each author provides a valuable slant on the material. I rate this a bit higher than Wu wei's, although his is more straightforward.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful introduction and reference work 21 Mar 2009
By Thom Mitchell - Published on
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For those with interest in the I-Ching, or Book of Changes, Deng Ming-Dao does a spectactular job translating the intent, beauty and complexity of each hexagram and trigram. Each Hexagram gets 4 pages showing the character, the pinyin, the statement and the lines with a detailed discussion.

This is far more than a new-age surface reading of the I-ching. The translations and discussion are fresh and timeless with illustrations by Mr. Ming-Dao himself. Whether you are trying to develop a deeper undertanding of Chinese Culture or are looking for a guidance in living your life this volume is well worth picking up, reading and rereading.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Integrity 8 Aug 2008
By Anne J. Ryan - Published on
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This beautiful translation is in keeping with the care and character of the very best in Chinese Wisdom Literature. That it was done over time with deep conviction to render the essence of Taoist Spiritual Integrity is evident on every page.Deng Ming Dao reaches across centuries to convey the eternal with beauty and living Spirit.I cannot recommend it highly enough.
32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dragon man 18 May 2006
By dragon man - Published on
As with all of Deng Ming Dao's books, this one is very well written and beautifully designed. He has written as clear of an explanation of the I Ching as I have ever read and if you've ever read any other books about it you know what I mean. I highly recommend this book if you have any interest in learning about the I Ching or if you'd like to learn more about it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Starting Point. 6 July 2010
By Nick Kedev - Published on
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I've bought four different translations, in search for a book to provide me with the big picture -- the essence of the book -- in a way that's easy to understand. With this book, my fifth, I finally found a perfect place to begin the journey.

This translation is very lucid and well organized. It has a flow of its own that gently guides you down the path, allowing you to make many of the discoveries on your own. As another reviewer noted, it's still good to own several version if you're a serious scholar, but this book has a perfect balance of everything in a beautifully designed and worded package.

I'm proud to own this book. Several times now, I've found myself amazed at the quality of this book, with the layman in mind. Although I'm still in the process of reading it, I'd highly recommend it. I'll make sure to update this review down the road...
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