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Understanding the "I Ching": The Wilhelm Lectures on the Book of Changes (Bollingen Series) [Paperback]

Hellmut Wilhelm , Richard Wilhelm , Cary F. Baynes , Irene Eber
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4 Jun 1995 Bollingen Series (Book 19)

The West's foremost translator of the I Ching, Richard Wilhelm thought deeply about how contemporary readers could benefit from this ancient work and its perennially valid insights into change and chance. For him and for his son, Hellmut Wilhelm, the Book of Changes represented not just a mysterious book of oracles or a notable source of the Taoist and Confucian philosophies. In their hands, it emerges, as it did for C. G. Jung, as a vital key to humanity's age-old collective unconscious. Here the observations of the Wilhelms are combined in a volume that will reward specialists and aficionados with its treatment of historical context--and that will serve also as an introduction to the I Ching and the meaning of its famous hexagrams.


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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprinted Ed edition (4 Jun 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691001715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691001715
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 12.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This volume is a fascinating look at the I Ching and the researchers who study it."--Religious Studies Review

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"Heraclitus, who held that life was movement and that it developed through the conflict of opposites, also conceived a harmonious world order, the Logos, that shapes this chaos. But to the Chinese, as we shall see, the two principles, movement and the unchanging law governing it, are one: they know neither kernel nor husk-heart and mind function together undivided."--Hellmut Wilhelm


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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 5 July 2010
By CLaw
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A must read that gives the insight knowledge of Hellmut Wilheml's translation work of I Ching or Book of Changes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mainly essays regarding secondary topics about the I Ching 22 May 2010
By smatsushima1 - Published on Amazon.com
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I was hoping this book would help teach me how to read the I Ching and how to read the individual lines within each hexagram but was a little disappointed. I admit, this book did help in some regard, but there is nothing that the original Wilhelm/Baynes text has that this book explains any better.

This book basically goes in detail about everything expressed in the original work - detail that doesn't seem to be needed, at least for me. Like it says on the back cover, this book is pretty much essays on the I Ching that help explain its origins, eastern philosophy, and some concepts pertaining to the hexagrams.

Instead of buying this book, I recommend just reading the original Wilhelm/Baynes work and soaking up as much information as possible. Furthermore, it would help to get another I Ching just to get another interpretation and hence, another point-of-view.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 29 Sep 2013
By Cipaczihuatl - Published on Amazon.com
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Book is an ancient classic, in the writing of Helmut Wilhelm sounds even better. I highly recommend I Ching related books written by him, it surpasses by far Chinese authors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rather difficult reading. 28 Nov 2012
By Arlis - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm sure it's a great book and deserves five stars, but I've been familiar with the I Ching for over 30 years, and this book is sitting on my shelf mostly unread. Too tough for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing needs to be said 26 Dec 2012
By Gale A. Alston - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is everything I thought it would be. I'm not yet finished reading but it is a good read so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding the I Ching 7 Sep 2008
By Believer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a classic, the presentation and edition are careful and well presented. An excelent edition
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