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The T'ai Hsuan Ching : the hidden classic [Paperback]

Derek Walters
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Aquarian Press (13 Oct 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850303117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850303117
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,636,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Traces the history of this long lost system of divination, explains how the system works, and discusses the relationship between the T'ai hsuan ching and science.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The First and still the Best 2 Sep 2013
By S. Dyda
Ignore D. Goodyear's review, he doesn't know what he's talking about and is merely regurgitating claims made by M. Nylan. There is simply no reason for the rest of us to adopt Nylan's conclusions when the greater bulk of well-established tradition overwhelmingly contradicts her. So no, there is no "careless error in the chart of tetragrams" as Goodyear claims. This was the first English translation of the oracle of the T'ai Huan Ching and it's still the best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for errors! 30 Oct 2008
By D. Goodyear - Published on Amazon.com
This was the first book in English to discuss the Tai Xuan Jing and its 81 tetragrams. So it deserves credit for that.

However, there is a careless error in the chart of tetragrams which I have seen perpetuated by other Internet writers using this book uncritically and reproducing the faulty chart from the book.

The chart in the book shows the unbroken line for "Heaven," the once-broken line for "Man," and the twice-broken line for "Earth."

That is wrong. The correct sequence is Heaven, Earth, and Man. It is "Man" that has the twice-broken line. "Man" is third, after "Heaven" and "Earth", since "Man" is the offspring.

The Chinese text, and the later, scholarly translation of the Tai Xuan Ching (by Michael Nylan), has the correct correlations.

This is important in studying the tetragrams correctly. Otherwise you can write an entire essay and be off-the-mark with your conclusions. So, just to review, Derek Walters (or the publisher) made an error in his chart, and the correct way is:

solid line for "Heaven"
once-broken line for "Earth"
twice-broken line for "Man"
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