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  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Power Press; Revised edition (March 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943015413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943015415
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I have a friend who lived in a cabin by himself for two years and memorized the I Ching. He revered its wisdom that much. You can save yourself the trouble of memorizing, though, by picking up a copy of this newly revised and expanded edition of Wu Wei's version of this timeless classic. Its introduction beautifully explains the philosophical explanation of why this divination system works so well. Additional chapters give its history as well as a pronunciation guide. The meaning of each of the kua, the symbolic configurations, is explained clearly and beautifully. This is a lovely book to have on your shelf and to use whenever you have questions about the mysterious unfolding events in your universe." --Magical Blend magazine

"Wu Wei's revised edition of the I Ching is a beautiful and clear adaptation of the ancient text for the modern user. His explanations are clear and easy to understand and his language and the answers and cautions given in the various kua are both profound and relevant. The I Ching is a universal wisdom that stands the test of time, and Wu Wei's adaptation is germane to the modern reader."

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"Wu Wei's revised edition of the I Ching is a beautiful and clear adaptation of the ancient text for the modern user. His explanations are clear and easy to understand and his language and the answers and cautions given in the various kua are both profound and relevant. The I Ching is a universal wisdom that stands the test of time, and Wu Wei's adaptation is germane to the modern reader."

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This is a really easy to understand and easy to use version of the great Chinese classic.
Mystic Star
To date, every answer that I have received has been uncannily specific to my question and has shown to be absolutely correct in judgment.
Richard Bissell
I bought the yarrow stalks as recommended (it's slightly cheaper to buy the book + yarrow stalks separately then to buy the "gift" set).
L. B. Clark

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mystic Star on August 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a really easy to understand and easy to use version of the great Chinese classic. In this astute and practical interpretation, the ancient wisdom of the I Ching has come to life for me. If you're facing a tricky situation and you're not sure what to do, or you just need guidance or confirmation of your inner promptings, I definitely suggest using this practical and profound book to get the guidance you need. It's much easier to understand and apply than many other versions I've looked at. And the cover design is gorgeous.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bethe on October 21, 2007
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Wu Wei appeals to me so much because he is an artist and values learning that comes through the hands. This book includes one of the few explanations I've found for why the yarrow stick method produces a mathematically different "chance" result from the coin toss method. I was inspired enough to go out and harvest my own wild yarrow and cut it into sticks. This ancient Chinese plant actually grows in Maine! Wu Wei's explanation of how to use the sticks is easy to understand and quickly learned. The yarrow stick method produces a kind of indwelling that I have not experienced with coin tossing. It has an earthiness to it that is beautifully complimented by Wu Wei's text.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Nigel J. Yorwerth on May 2, 2005
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I just finished reading The I Ching: The Book of Answers and was most impressed with the author's insightful interpretations of the I Ching's sixty-four hexagrams. The origins of this timeless classic of universal wisdom are thought to date back more than 6,000 years to the great sage Fu Hsi. The I Ching lies at the root of both Confucian and Taoist philosophies. Wu Wei provides perfectly clear, unambiguous direction while remaining completely true to the ancient writings. This newly revised and expanded edition of Wu Wei's classic is unparalleled in its clarity, making this the easiest-to-grasp I Ching on the market. The cover design and packaging with french flaps make this easily the most attractive I Ching available and I'll be giving this to friends as gifts.This is a totally different book from the author's earlier edition and is a delight to read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. B. Clark on November 11, 2009
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I have had other translations of the I Ching, going back to my hippie days (now 35+ years ago). I never "got" it before. The instructions and overview sections are crystal-clear. I bought the yarrow stalks as recommended (it's slightly cheaper to buy the book + yarrow stalks separately then to buy the "gift" set). I used the yarrow stalk method as instructed. I have asked 2 questions so far, and I have to say the correspondance between the "answers" and my questions and subsequent actions is 100%. I will continue to consult it. I am thankful to Wu Wei (Chris Prentiss who also does praiseworthy work with addiction) for his efforts here. I guess his son Pax helped with the translations too, so I am thankful to him as well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brahman on July 11, 2010
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Although a bit too moralistic in some spots, this is a very good modern translation of the I Ching. It has the added benefit of a hinged jacket so that you don't have to worry about cracking the spine everytime you refer to a specific judgment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bissell on May 10, 2013
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My practice for the past several years has been to consult the I Ching only when an important decision or problem has been weighing heavily on my mind for a day or so and I'm just not sure what to do. I'll go to the I Ching with a situation like this maybe 3 or 4 times a year. I believe this is a respectable way to use the oracle, and it has been very effective for me. To date, every answer that I have received has been uncannily specific to my question and has shown to be absolutely correct in judgment. It's a little scary to me when I see how well it works...it surprises me every time I do it.

I use the yarrow stick method, using sticks that I fashioned from bamboo skewers and keep in a nice wooden "pick up sticks" box, but in a pinch I have used other things like a computer program or even coffee stirrers (if I am at work and can't wait to get home!) I know there are statistical limitations with the yarrow stick method, but I like it because it allows me to focus my thoughts for a longer period of time as I perform the divination.

Many years ago when I first learned about the I Ching, I used the Wilhelm interpretation, which always seemed to leave me with more questions and more confusion than I had before I started. I was never sure if I was interpreting it correctly and I was always afraid that my interpretations might be biased by my inner personal desires. Because of that uncertainty, I ended my experimentation with the I Ching until I found the Wu Wei version many years later.

I suspect that some "purists" will scoff at the Wu Wei text. I know that the author "Wu Wei" is none other than Chris Prentiss, author of "The Alcohol and Addiction Cure" and other self-help books as well as being the CEO of "Passages" addiction treatment centers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MTV on June 17, 2010
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Excellent book I recommend it 100%, It is an extraordinay complement to the book of changes translated by Richard Wilhelm.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ayna on April 5, 2010
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''The i-ching''
Wu Wei's book of answers Is a very explicit, practical and quick guide to consult at any moment.
Wu Wei has compelled a new explanation of the deep wisdom of Fu Xsi's apocalyptical inspiration of the ''i-ching'' that is quite easy for westerners readers and seekers of Light in the darkness of this Samsara world.
A great companion indeed that offers the possibility to resolve or avoid any problems of every day life.
Thanks Wu Wei !
Aina
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