The I Ching or Book of Changes (Bollingen Series (General)) Hardcover – 21 Oct 1967
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Princeton's Bollingen edition--still regarded as the best and most authentic by "I Ching" aficionados. -- The New York Times Book Review
Princeton's Bollingen edition--still regarded as the best and most authentic by "I Ching" aficionados. -- "The New York Times Book Review
"Princeton's Bollingen edition--still regarded as the best and most authentic by "I Ching" aficionados."--"The New York Times Book Review"
From the Publisher
The Princeton/Bollingen Multimedia I Ching arrives September
The Wilhelm/Baynes edition will take new form with the September release of the CD-ROM version, a full guide to I Ching use and a beautiful re-edition of the classic English translation.
In a stunning rendering, the outdoor Oracle Pavilion and the Ming Library offer a full 3D walkthrough, serving as a spatial guide to the structure and use of the Changes; all is harmonized with a stunning backdrop of natural beauty and gentle narration.
The work contains in multiple forms the full text of the Wilhelm/Baynes edition, plus Hellmut Wilhelm's CHANGE: EIGHT LECTURES ON THE I CHING. Throughout, new animated tours and tools--including a yarrow-stalk tutorial, hexagram indexes, the separate Ten Wings texts, reading storage and printout--will guide you to the deep resources of the disc and the history and interpretation of this world classic of wisdom.
From its beginnings, when sages cut and shuffled its pages, the Book of Changes has waited three thousand years for a medium deep enough to hold it, and responsive enough to adapt the Changes to each user. At last, the world's oldest hypertext finds its home.
In July, visit our website at iching.princeton.edu to see what we mean.
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Many books over simplify, thinking that this will make the text more accessible. Unfortunately they often remove what is essential for individual interpretation. Many remove things that sound too oriental to appeal to western thinking and also end up restricting the way a text can be interpreted. The worst of all are those that try to make the I Ching fit in with modern 'mystic' thinking. They turn a useful, practical book into another tree-hugger's companion!
The value of the Wilhelm translation is that it gives you the text and trusts you to apply it honestly to the issue you are trying to resolve. It takes time to get used to the terminology but reading the introduction will help, as will regular usage. This book doesn't so much answer the questions of your life as tell you which direction to head in if you honestly want to find your answers. As such I find it more useful, practical and, above all, truthful than many books you can find taking up the 'self-help' or 'esoteric' sections of bookstores.
You may have heard that it is used in Chinese fortune-telling, and it is--but not in the Occidental sense of that term. Without going into lengthy explanations, let me just say that the Chinese hit on an understanding of--and a way of practically applying--Chaos Theory, thousands of years before Western physicists coined the term. As to whether or not it "works", I can attest that it does. But don't take my word for it--try it yourself!
There are many different translations of this work--so why choose this one? This particular edition is not just a translation, but a transliteration. Richard Wilhelm worked closely with a leading Chinese scholar to make sure that the work would be comprehensible to the Occidental mind. And believe me, the ideas involved do not readily translate into any Western language.
To make sure that these ideas could be truly grasped by Westerners, the editors translated the work from Chinese into German, from German into English, and then translated the work from English back into Chinese, thus ensuring that the ideas survived the transitions intact.
Unless you were raised in the language, customs, and culture of the Orient, this is not just the best edition, it is the ONLY edition. This is indeed one of the greatest works of philosopy and literature ever produced by our species. Needless to say, I highly recommend it!
The 64 hexagrams each have a dynamic structure which moves upwards from the bottom (the first line) and naturally divides into two trigrams: the upper and lower. Each of the six lines of each hexagram have the value of either 7 = a Yang (unbroken, strong) or 8 = a Yin (broken, yielding) line, and their complex interrelationship gives the unique nature and meaning to each hexagram. The hexagrams each have both a number and a name: for example 4 is Meng, "Youthful Folly"; 16 is Yu, "Enthusiasm"; 21 is Shih Ho, "Biting Through"; whilst 34 is Ta Chuang, "The Power of the Great" (another hexagram is named "The Taming Power of the Great" which has a completely different meaning).
To further complicate matters, each line may be in the process of changing into its opposite - a "changing line" - indicated by a 6 (broken Yin line in the process of changing to Yang) or a 9 (unbroken Yang line changing to a Yin).Read more ›
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I have two copies of the I Ching. One a very westernised and simple versionI Ching Workbook: Gift Set (Deluxe Gift Set): Gift Set (Deluxe Gift Set) and the other is this... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr. D. J. Seymour
Delivered on time. Only problem is the text is to small for my eye sight. I guess that's my fault not the books???/Published 7 months ago by Jeff Croft
A classic with a introduction by Jung I am happy to have on my bookshelf. Without my study of traditional Chinese Medicine and other books on Chinese philosophy I am not sure if I... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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I agree with everything positive everyone else has said about the hardback and paperback physical copies of this book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Anthony Robins
There is so much knowledge in this book it is truly a 'good buy'.Published 12 months ago by Margaret L