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The Buddhist I Ching Paperback – July 10, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; Reissue edition (July 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877734089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877734086
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Chinese (translation)

About the Author

Chih-hsu Ou-i (1599-1655) wrote commentaries on dozens of Buddhist texts and Chinese classics and was proficient in both esoteric and exoteric studies. His work influenced the development of modern Buddhism in China.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. McGarry on August 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
The *I Ching* is the world's oldest divination text. Based on the ancient Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang, it provides timeless wisdom about how to negotiate the changing nature of events. In seventeenth century China, the Buddhist commentator Chih-hsu Ou-i (1599-1655) wrote a Buddhist version of the *I Ching*; this book is a translation of Chih-hsu's version of the *I Ching*. This version resonates with several streams of thought in China: on the whole, it is deeply ethical in its outlook; at times, it sounds a bit Taoist, and in other places, there are echoes of Zen. Overall, there is a tremendous amount of wisdom in this book, for Chih-shu was well-versed in the esoteric traditions of China. The entire text is a compassionate attempt to guide souls, through the ups and downs of a changing world, to the ultimate goal of enlightenment. The book may be consulted for divination as an ordinary translation of the *I Ching* would be, or it can be read from cover to cover.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Guleff on March 31, 2008
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I originally purchased this translation to see what a Buddhist treatment of the I Ching would look like. I already had a number of other translations, including some of the "standards" or "classics." This has since become one of my most-used I Ching editions. I use it to understand the basic text of each hexagram (Judgement, Image, Lines, etc.) before I read other commentaries. This edition is useful even for readers who are not particularly interested in the Buddhist commentary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gnostix1 on July 28, 2011
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Cleary, as ever, does a marvelous job of translating with clarity without imposing an agenda.

Chih-hsu Ou-i set himself the task of interpreting the I Ching in terms of a political manual, a Taoist/Confucionist text, and a Buddhist primer. His interpretations are by turns insightful, obtuse, poetic, tendentious, and mind-bending. When he succeeds, he does so quite gloriously. When he fails... oh, dear...

Nevertheless, for experienced students if the I Ching and Chinese developments in Buddhism, this is a text worth owning.
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