The I Ching or Book of Changes

The I Ching or Book of Changes

The I Ching, or Book of Changes, is one of the 1st efforts of the human mind to place itself within the universe. It has exerted a living influence in China for 3000 years and interest in it has spread in the West. Set down in the dawn of history as a book of oracles, the Book of Changes deepened in meaning when ethical values were attached to the oracular pronouncements;...

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  • Danielle

    I read a little bit of this book almost every day. I can usually find a sentence or more that resonates with me on that day. The ancients believed that this book was a representation of the voices of spirits. It is thousands of years old. I don't know how to use divination with it, but I feel like it is a reliable friend who always gives good advice pertinant to my situation.

    My favorite line today is, "Everything that gives light is dependent on something to which it clings, in order that it ma

    I read a little bit of this book almost every day. I can usually find a sentence or more that resonates with me on that day. The ancients believed that this book was a representation of the voices of spirits. It is thousands of years old. I don't know how to use divination with it, but I feel like it is a reliable friend who always gives good advice pertinant to my situation.

    My favorite line today is, "Everything that gives light is dependent on something to which it clings, in order that it may continue to shine" (119, trigram 30, The Clinging, Fire). This is how I feel about books. Books are the things to which I cling and which allow me to contribute any portion of light to the world (ie. not dwell entirely in despair and darkness).

  • Souldaddy

    As a skeptic I have a hard time reconciling logic & reason with my experiences concerning this book. The I Ching is like Chinese astrology that uses coins instead dates. You throw the coins and get a nugget of wisdom that speaks to your life and its problems. Logic would immediately say this is preposterous and I tend to agree, even now. The only problem with my conclusion is that hundreds of coin throws have shown me the I Ching is anything *but* random.

    A friend introduced me to the book an

    As a skeptic I have a hard time reconciling logic & reason with my experiences concerning this book. The I Ching is like Chinese astrology that uses coins instead dates. You throw the coins and get a nugget of wisdom that speaks to your life and its problems. Logic would immediately say this is preposterous and I tend to agree, even now. The only problem with my conclusion is that hundreds of coin throws have shown me the I Ching is anything *but* random.

    A friend introduced me to the book and how to "throw the bones." At some point I started throwing the coins without his help, and my errors were the first clue that logic alone was unable to comprehend this book. The I Ching is based on a binary gate, a broken or unbroken line, formed in trigrams and hexagrams. It's easy to interpret results the opposite of what they are, reversing a line or the order they are interpreted. So I would ask the book a question and throw a hexagram which vaguely commented on my issue. To double-check my work, I would read the various hexagrams that were opposite or perpendicular to the "true" hexagram. It was then I found out that, as vague as the true hexagram was, the other hexagrams didn't comment on my question at all.

    Many smart people have read the I Ching simply as a book of wisdom. For this purpose I highly recommend it as one of the best works of eastern philosophy available. Like astrology, the I Ching divides life into archetypes, forces that play off of each other in creating the basic human experience. The I Ching philosophy is a model and like any model some people will find it hopelessly vague, but this should never be your excuse for avoiding this kind of writing. The wisdom does not arise from what names the I Ching chooses to throw your experience into, but rather how it divides these experiences and how such archetypes balance off each other. The I Ching focuses on change specifically.

    In the end, I realized the secret to the I Ching's success was in making it's philosophy personal. I can read Nietzschean philosophy but because I don't personally ascribe to his logic it stands apart from me. Yet in taking my life into account whenever I read the I Ching, it's had a more profound effect on my thinking then all of my favorite philosophers combined. The accuracy of the book becomes irrelevant, the important thing is the thought process through which the I Ching takes you.

  • Josh

    I find it strange when people quote this book. I've seen multiple philosophers, writers, History Channel documentaries, heck, even Sean Connery in Zardoz quote the I Ching. Don't they realize that the I Ching's advice is directed towards the specific hexagram casted in response to a specific question? Its advice is catered to those who ask it– its words cannot be pulled out of context and applied to any life situation willy-nilly! The results could be disastrous! Take these two quotes, as an exa

    I find it strange when people quote this book. I've seen multiple philosophers, writers, History Channel documentaries, heck, even Sean Connery in Zardoz quote the I Ching. Don't they realize that the I Ching's advice is directed towards the specific hexagram casted in response to a specific question? Its advice is catered to those who ask it– its words cannot be pulled out of context and applied to any life situation willy-nilly! The results could be disastrous! Take these two quotes, as an example:

    So is it worthwhile to cross great rivers or not? Without casting, who would know! You could choose the former, and cross that great river, and all get dysentery and get swept away! "Most likely" safe to cross, huh. Shoulda flipped some coins first, yeah, good ol' Chingy would've told you to take the toll road around it, that way you could've made it to Oregon with some surviving family members.

  • Alva Ware-Bevacqui

    I have used this little Book of Changes for about 15 years (I'm on my second copy) and it has never, ever, ever steered me wrong (unless I've ignored what it said, which has been far too often). Sure, you may think that throwing three coins in the air six times can't tell you anything, but you'd be surprised at how accurate the I Ching is. I've read other I Ching books and this is by far the most accessible. Written by the head doctor for a major circus (go figure!), it is unpretentios and alway

    I have used this little Book of Changes for about 15 years (I'm on my second copy) and it has never, ever, ever steered me wrong (unless I've ignored what it said, which has been far too often). Sure, you may think that throwing three coins in the air six times can't tell you anything, but you'd be surprised at how accurate the I Ching is. I've read other I Ching books and this is by far the most accessible. Written by the head doctor for a major circus (go figure!), it is unpretentios and always, always wise with imagery you can understand. The I Ching is NOT about telling the future (in case you were hoping it was) - it's really about how to live and it fits into any religion or no religion. If you approach the book seriously, you'll get a lot out of it.

  • Chris

    Mind blown. The Book of Changes has changed me--significantly and substantially.

  • Brian  Fitzgerald

    This book has changed my life more than once. It's an old friend now, dog-eared and battered from travels on five continents, a bit salt-stained from time at sea. In the 1980s I created a software version on a floppy disk. In 2014 I upgraded that to

    . It's my spelunking buddy in the caverns of the sub-conscious, my wise father, my Sancho Panza, my mystic magician.

    You might enjoy this piece I wrote about the I Ching in WIRED:

    This book has changed my life more than once. It's an old friend now, dog-eared and battered from travels on five continents, a bit salt-stained from time at sea. In the 1980s I created a software version on a floppy disk. In 2014 I upgraded that to

    . It's my spelunking buddy in the caverns of the sub-conscious, my wise father, my Sancho Panza, my mystic magician.

    You might enjoy this piece I wrote about the I Ching in WIRED:

  • Erik Graff

    The introduction by C.G. Jung was quite helpful in making sense of these ancient "divination texts" as reflective tools. So helpful that I tried it several times with the simple coin method and could see what he was getting at. Intellectually, however, the most interesting thing was the suggestion of a radically different sense of time. Emotionally, I had been brought up with the ideology of evolutionary progress while intellectually I subscribed to the notion of time as the essentially neutral

    The introduction by C.G. Jung was quite helpful in making sense of these ancient "divination texts" as reflective tools. So helpful that I tried it several times with the simple coin method and could see what he was getting at. Intellectually, however, the most interesting thing was the suggestion of a radically different sense of time. Emotionally, I had been brought up with the ideology of evolutionary progress while intellectually I subscribed to the notion of time as the essentially neutral schematization of change. Here, in the I Ching, was a formalistic approach to time. In other words, as in astrology or even in Marx's conception of epochs, periods of time have a characteristic entelechy.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    The I Ching or Book of Changes, Anonymous

    The I Ching or Yi Jing, also known as Classic of Changes or Book of Changes, is an ancient Chinese divination text and the oldest of the Chinese classics. Possessing a history of more than two and a half millennia of commentary and interpretation, the I Ching is an influential text read throughout the world, providing inspiration to the worlds of religion, psychoanalysis, literature, and art. Originally a divination manual in the Western Zhou period (1000

    The I Ching or Book of Changes, Anonymous

    The I Ching or Yi Jing, also known as Classic of Changes or Book of Changes, is an ancient Chinese divination text and the oldest of the Chinese classics. Possessing a history of more than two and a half millennia of commentary and interpretation, the I Ching is an influential text read throughout the world, providing inspiration to the worlds of religion, psychoanalysis, literature, and art. Originally a divination manual in the Western Zhou period (1000–750 BC), over the course of the Warring States period and early imperial period (500–200 BC) it was transformed into a cosmological text with a series of philosophical commentaries known as the "Ten Wings". After becoming part of the Five Classics in the 2nd century BC, the I Ching was the subject of scholarly commentary and the basis for divination practice for centuries across the Far East, and eventually took on an influential role in Western understanding of Eastern thought.

    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه مارس سال 1983 میلادی

    عنوان: ئی چینگ، یآ: کتاب تقدیرات، کهنترین کتاب حکمت و فالنامه چینی، گردآوری: آلفرد داگلاس؛ پیشگفتار: کارل گوستاو یونگ؛ مترجم: سودابه فضائلی؛ تهران، نقره، 1362؛ در 346 ص؛ چاپ پنجم 1381؛ چاپ دیگر: نشر روایت، 1373؛ در 351 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: نشر ثالث، چاپ هفتم 1376؛ چاپ نهم 1381؛ شابک: 9646404030؛ موضوع: آثار و نوشتارهای کهنسال چینی - سده 21 پیش از میلاد

    ئی چینگ، یا کتاب دگرگونی‌ها، کتاب مقدس چینیان، و کهن‌ترین متن برجای مانده، از چین باستان است. در این کتاب مقدس، که بیش از چهار هزار سال قدمت دارد، شصت و چهار علامت، همراه با تفسیر آن علامتها، آورده شده‌ است. هدف «ئی چینگ»، بیان تغییراتی است، که در سطح کیهان، رخ می‌دهند، و امواج و حلقه‌ های بخت را، تشکیل می‌دهند. انسان، به وسیله ی «ئی چینگ»، نیروهای بخت را، رهبری می‌کند، و از رویدادهای درون زندگی، با خبر می‌شود، و در مواقع موردنیاز، می‌تواند جریان زندگی را، به سود خویش دگرگون کند. «ئی چینگ» نمی‌گوید، که چه چیزی در آینده رخ خواهد داد، اما می‌گوید: چرا رخدادها بدانگونه هستند، و روشی را که آدمی، باید در آینده برگزیند، پیشنهاد می‌دهد. تاریخچه ی «ئی چینگ»: بنا بر نظریه‌ ای، ریشه‌ های علائم «یی‌چینگ»، از خطوط پشت لاک‌ پشت، اقتباس شده‌ است، و افسانه‌ ها، کشف هشت «سه‌ خطی» را، به «فوه سی» امپراتور اسطوره‌ ای چین، نسبت می‌دهند. مرحله ی بعدی پیشرفت «ئی چینگ»، در حدود 1150 سال پیش از میلاد، در اواخر سلسله شانگ، رخ داد، در آن زمان، آخرین امپراتور آن سلسله، «چو هسین»، دستور دستگیری امیر «ون» را داد، و او را در پایتخت خود، زندانی کرد. امیر «ون»، با مطالعه بر روی سه‌ خطی‌ها، شصت و چهار «شش‌خطی»، به دست آورد. پس از آنکه دولت مرکزی، به دست طرفداران امیر «چو، پسر امیر ون» منحل شد، و امیر «چو»، به عنوان امپراتور شناخته شد، وی با مطالعه در آثار پدر، تفسیر خود، در مورد هر خط، از شش‌ خطی‌ها را، به کتاب افزود، که شامل سیصدوهشتادوچهار قطعه شد. بعدها، این کتاب، به: «کتاب چویی»، معروف شد. در اوایل سده ی پنجم پیش از میلاد، کنفوسیوس «چویی» را مطالعه کرد، و به احتمال بسیار، برخی از تفسیرهای «ئی چینگ» را، ایشان، یا شاگردانش، نوشته باشند. در اواخر سده سوم میلادی، عارفی جوان، به نام: «وانگ پی»، با خوانش «ئی چینگ»، آنرا فلسفه ی زندگی شمرد. ئی چینگی را که اکنون در دسترس است، همان روایت «وانگ پی» می‌دانند، که به زبان چینی جدید تدوین شده‌ است. منبع: داگلاس، آلفرد. «یی‌چینگ یا کتاب تقدیرات». مترج:ه سودابه فضایلی. نشر نقره، چاپ اول 1362 هجری خورشیدی. ا. شربیانی

  • Mark

    At one point in my life while semi-transient, it was necessary to leave a portion of my library behind. So I left a box of books on a corner in Berkeley. My I Ching- the Blofeld translation- was amongst these. Some ten years later, I was browsing a bookstore on Haight St. and found a copy of the I Ching in the dollar discount rack. Opening it to the inside cover revealed a very familiar ink stain- green ink, which I suppose I had spilled on it, back in high school. So what are the odds of anyone

    At one point in my life while semi-transient, it was necessary to leave a portion of my library behind. So I left a box of books on a corner in Berkeley. My I Ching- the Blofeld translation- was amongst these. Some ten years later, I was browsing a bookstore on Haight St. and found a copy of the I Ching in the dollar discount rack. Opening it to the inside cover revealed a very familiar ink stain- green ink, which I suppose I had spilled on it, back in high school. So what are the odds of anyone finding again the exact same copy of a book long abandoned and given up for dead? "Don't leave me, don't leave me again!" it cried. Needless to say, I took it back home & resolved never again to forsake... "It must have been karma, man."

    I originally got my copy somewhere around 1969, and bought it specifically because it was smaller, more portable, much less expensive, and an easier ("less thick") translation than the Wilhelm book.

    I think in many ways it's a lot better, since Wilhelm's focused on the yarrow-stalk technique (yarrow stalks being not an item one can find at hand nor in your usual downtown suburban Woolworth's)- and Blofeld's gave instructions on how to use coins- any three coins of a similar value would do, but pennies being most common, are easily fished from a pocket and available even in most dire circumstances (the kind you'd like to ask the I Ching how you can get out of!)

    And of course, the I Ching, once you begin using it & get its idioms, isn't exactly the kind of book you ever "finish reading..."

  • Yigal Zur

    great to practice and brood. my hero Dotan Naor in my thrillers use it when he wonder which path to take to solve a case.

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