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The I Ching: Or, Book of Changes

Baynes, C.F.;Wilhelm, R.

ISBN 10: 069109750X / ISBN 13: 9780691097503
Published by Bollingen Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1967
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1967 Series XIX, First Edition later printing This book and jacket are as new, 740 clean tight pages, fold out pages as end pages front and back, no markings, appears unread, mustard yellow cloth boards black stamped square on the spine with bright gold lettering inside, as new unclipped jacket very collectible. Bookseller Inventory # 000608

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Title: The I Ching: Or, Book of Changes

Publisher: Bollingen Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1967

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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The I Ching, or Book of Changes, a common source for both Confucianist and Taoist philosophy, is one of the first efforts of the human mind to place itself within the universe. It has exerted a living influence in China for 3,000 years, and interest in it has been rapidly spreading in the West.

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More than just a translation, Richard Wilhelm's I Ching is a profound introduction to the Chinese world-view. The I Ching (Yi Jing) is recognized by both Confucians and Taoists as a foundational work, and Wilhelm shows why. He separates his work into three books. The first book is about the hexagrams--the meanings of the lines and Wilhelm's extensive comments. The second presents two early commentaries that interpret the wisdom of the divinatory text, also with Wilhelm's helpful notes. And the third book takes us back to the hexagrams for more detailed commentary from both ancient Chinese thinkers and Wilhelm. Wilhelm is able to offer such enormous assistance because he spent the better part of a decade in China studying under classically trained scholars. His love for the work is thus as broad as his understanding.

The I Ching was originally used for divination, kind of like palm reading or interpreting the stars. It differs from simple prognostication, however, in that it demands us, as diviners, to cultivate an understanding of the world and ourselves. Without this understanding, the text is useless, hence the value of the commentaries, particularly Wilhelm's. This version is not without its biases, of course--it is a European's understanding of the I Ching, through a late-Qing dynasty Confucian perspective, translated into English by a Jungian psychoanalyst. Nonetheless, it succeeds like no other. --Brian Bruya

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