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A spiritual handbook,
This review is from: The Taoist "I Ching" (Shambhala Classics) (Paperback)
When I first started looking at the I Ching I bought this but didn't take to it. I was too new to it and not in a position to understand its true value. Pearls before swine, perhaps.
If you want to use the I Ching for help with normal day-to-day concerns it is hard to better the enlightened guidance of I Ching: Walking Your Path, Creating Your Future, or I Ching: The Classic Chinese Oracle of Change if you fancy something closer to the raw Chinese.
However, after living with the I Ching for a year or two I began to appreciate its structure and purpose. (It is not primarily a book of divination.) My guess is it was a handbook for training the young nobles of ancient China in the art of wise government. The same principles apply to anyone who understands that the intangibles of life are where its value lies, and wish to live wisely.
Lui-I-Ming is an excellent teacher. Woven though his commentary are instruction in Taoist principles such as the blending of yin and yang. He offers practical guidance how to nurture true yang and transmute the artificial (human-manufactured) thought life we develop as children into the genuine (Tao/Spirit gifted) open mindfulness that reflects the calm, clear Way of heaven and the stable, peaceful Way of earth.
In fifty years of reading I have found three books that have genuine, priceless value. This is one. Try using the oracle to select "daily notes" from Thomas Cleary's translation. If it speaks to you, you'll at least be intrigued. As a famous Jew once remarked, "Whoever has ears let them hear".