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The Pocket I Ching: The Richard Wilhelm Translation (Arkana) Paperback – 29 Sep 1988


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Arkana; New edition edition (29 Sept. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014019049X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140190496
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ShiDaDao Ph.D on 27 Nov. 2010
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The 'I Ching', (or 'Yijing') in modern pinyin, is a Zhou Dynasty (1100-256BC) divining manual, that evolved into a book of Confucius wisdom. Believed to have been etched onto bamboo strips around 800BC, this text evolved from oracle bones (Turtle shells and ox scapula), used to guide the Shang Dynasty (1766-1100BC) kings in their decisions regarding hunting, farming, making war, making peace and even the execution of prisoners. In its Confucian form, this text in a sophisticated explanation of the concept of 'yi', or 'change', that is viewed as the general, and therefore most important aspect of human life. Conquer 'change', and there is nothing a person with noble aspirations cannot attain.

In this 1984 edition, WS Boardman has managed to produce a very readable and easily understood 'abridged' version of the Richard Wilhelm translation that first appeared in its English translation in 1950, rendered from the German by Cary F Baynes - a psychology student of Carl Jung (1875-1961). Baynes is responsible for Wilhelm's German title of 'I Ging', (which is pronounced 'yi jing' in German), being translated into English as 'I Ching'. The problem here is that an English 'I' does not carry the pronunciation of its German counter-part, and the average English reader would have no idea that 'I', in this context, should read 'yi'.

Boardman presents the 64 hexagrams only once in this, simplified version, and does not include the Ten Wings, or ten commentaries usually affixed to the Book of Changes that describe what the book is about, and how it should be used. Wilhelm's full version includes the 64 hexagrams presented 'twice', whilst presenting most the Ten Wings, with one chapter broken-up and its sayings distributed throughout the 64 hexagrams themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ShiDaDao Ph.D on 27 Nov. 2010
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The 'I Ching', (or 'Yijing') in modern pinyin, is a Zhou Dynasty (1100-256BC) divining manual, that evolved into a book of Confucius wisdom. Believed to have been etched onto bamboo strips around 800BC, this text evolved from oracle bones (Turtle shells and ox scapula), used to guide the Shang Dynasty (1766-1100BC) kings in their decisions regarding hunting, farming, making war, making peace and even the execution of prisoners. In its Confucian form, this text in a sophisticated explanation of the concept of 'yi', or 'change', that is viewed as the general, and therefore most important aspect of human life. Conquer 'change', and there is nothing a person with noble aspirations cannot attain.

In this 1984 edition, WS Boardman has managed to produce a very readable and easily understood 'abridged' version of the Richard Wilhelm translation that first appeared in its English translation in 1950, rendered from the German by Cary F Baynes - a psychology student of Carl Jung (1875-1961). Baynes is responsible for Wilhelm's German title of 'I Ging', (which is pronounced 'yi jing' in German), being translated into English as 'I Ching'. The problem here is that an English 'I' does not carry the pronunciation of its German counter-part, and the average English reader would have no idea that 'I', in this context, should read 'yi'.

Boardman presents the 64 hexagrams only once in this, simplified version, and does not include the Ten Wings, or ten commentaries usually affixed to the Book of Changes that describe what the book is about, and how it should be used. Wilhelm's full version includes the 64 hexagrams presented 'twice', whilst presenting most the Ten Wings, with one chapter broken-up and its sayings distributed throughout the 64 hexagrams themselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Anning on 26 May 2010
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This I Ching is great to use and almost 'friendly'. i bought this for a friend as I have this version already and they have found it clear and enlightening.
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Stan Boardman has succeeded in producing a concise but completely user-friendly version of this valuable book of Chinese wisdom. Possibly a bit more explanation of how to use the coin method of consulting would have helped.
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I Ching - A Choice Version 9 Dec. 2012
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This is a well written easy to understand translation. This paperback version is easy to take along anytime or for traveling.
Highlly recommended for the beginner. It has a well done introduction that is not to wordy but thorough.
Thid is a choice book.
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