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The Taoist I Ching (Shambhala Classics) Paperback – May 3, 2005
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Each book in Cleary's i-Ching trilogy -- Buddhist, Taoist and the Tao of Organization -- offers something unique and appealing. The Taoist i-Ching is the most metaphysical of the three and the most developed. Although the Buddhist i-Ching is a bit more human and friendly, Taoist thinking tends to mesh better with the underlying concepts.
The Taoist i-Ching is based on Complete Reality Taoism, which is very adaptible to beliefs from all walks of life. The processes of yin and yang rising and falling are most prominent in the commentaries. Overall, the edition reads as a very modern take on the ancient text.
Up to a point, Cleary's translation of 'The Secret of the Golden Flower' satisfies such a requirement. He clearly disliked Wilhelm's version - not only stylistically, but because its material was a strange composite and incomplete. But - far better than either of these, is Lu K'uan Yu's (Charles Luk) translation of Chao Pi Chen's 'Secrets of Cultivating Essential Nature and Eternal Life.' (Weiser). Chao Pi Chen (b. 1860) was a practising Taoist, who not only had access to authentic Taoist materials, but Taoist masters in remote mountain locations, who had mastered the teaching. Lu K'uan Yu (b. 1898) also practised the Taoist yoga. His command of English - combined with his experience of the Yoga, enabled him to coin understandable English equivalents, helping to make the processes involved clear. It must be said that Taoists such as Liu-I-Ming or Chao Pi Chen did not intend to make their teachings too explicit. But knowing the threat to teachings such as Taoism and Buddhism - owing to the social climate in China, Lu K'uan Yu endeavored to make them available to Western people.Read more ›
If you are a serious student of the I Ching, seeking insight into the subtle operation of yin and yang, this text can aid in your search for understanding by illuminating a pathway through a given situation to balance and harmony. It is less of a divination oracle than many I Ching texts, but is one of the most applicable to engaged daily cultivation.
The Taoist I Ching may seem a little wierd to use at first (it's definately different!) but has proven to be wholly rewarding in my life. Use it in conjunction with another translation - look for the commonality between the two - and gain the understanding that Master Liu encrypted within the pages.
Ancestor Lu, the immortal Lu T'ung Pin, wrote of the I Ching in the ninth century " The shallow may take the I Ching to be a book of divination, but the profound consider it the secret of the celestial mechanism." Liu I-Ming's "Taoist I Ching" is most certainly a rendering of Ancestor Lu's vision. Thomas Cleary's gifted translation of this work must certainly echo his virtue all the way to the Subtle Origin.
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Liu I-Ming's treatise on the I Ching is well worth reading if you are interested in Taoism generally and/or its spiritual-alchemy tradition specifically. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by An File Dubh
Best I Ching Interpretation, spiritual inspiration. Highly recommend this road map of living the Tao and life Principals!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's TRUTH what can I say AMAZING with KRISHNAMURTI just there if you LOVE TRUTHPublished 3 months ago by John
Cleary's translation is useful, witty and comprehensible providing a wonderful entry into the simple complexity of Taoism.Published 6 months ago by Susan E. Holliday
I use this book frequently. I use this book to reflect on my own conditions and situations. It never fails to orient me to the deeper meaning of my questions beyond conventional... Read morePublished 14 months ago by William F. Goedecke III
I am still reading it. The translation is great and the author is well regarded by Taoists.
I am only in the process of reading it. Read more
This is one of the best books I've ever read period. Cleary is just the translator. This one sensitized me to a higher level of understanding situations, people, nature and... Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by greg martensite