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The I Ching or Book of Changes Hardcover – 1969


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Third Edition edition (1969)
  • ASIN: B000JJNU2M
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,720,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Wilhelm-Baynes translation of the I-Ching was first published in English in 1951 and has never been out of print. Despite the appearance over the years of numerous other interpretations of this peerless Chinese classic (many based on Wilhelm's work), the poetic beauty and quintessentially Chinese character captured by Wilhelm's translation endures like no other. Most serious students who have a long-term relationship with the oracle - for that's what it can become; an intense, intimate relationship - return eventually to the fine if somewhat formal philosophical observations of the Wilhelm-Baynes work and resonate with its essentially Chinese quirkiness. The foreword to this greatest-ever translation of the I-Ching is written by C. G. Jung.

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).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dindy on January 8, 2015
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Very informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Kwiatkowski on October 18, 2014
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By christopher porter smith on March 16, 2015
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Book in very good condition.
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