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"This volume is a fascinating look at the I Ching and the researchers who study it."--Religious Studies Review

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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Product Details

  • Series: Bollingen Series (General) (Book 19)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (May 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691001715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691001715
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 4.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By smatsushima1 on May 22, 2010
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I was hoping this book would help teach me how to read the I Ching and how to read the individual lines within each hexagram but was a little disappointed. I admit, this book did help in some regard, but there is nothing that the original Wilhelm/Baynes text has that this book explains any better.

This book basically goes in detail about everything expressed in the original work - detail that doesn't seem to be needed, at least for me. Like it says on the back cover, this book is pretty much essays on the I Ching that help explain its origins, eastern philosophy, and some concepts pertaining to the hexagrams.

Instead of buying this book, I recommend just reading the original Wilhelm/Baynes work and soaking up as much information as possible. Furthermore, it would help to get another I Ching just to get another interpretation and hence, another point-of-view.

For a guide to which I Ching book you should get, consider these I Ching book reviewers:
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Peripatetic Reader on December 2, 2014
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The I Ching certainly is one of the most obscure, cryptic and mystifying texts in world literature.
Its real meaning is lost to the ages, and it probably will be impossible to divine its intended purpose and meaning.

Fortunately, ironically, the most cogent explanation of the I Ching comes from this father and son team, Richard and Hellmut Wilhelm.

This collection of lectures consists of the combination of two separate books, Change: Eight Lectures on the I Ching by Hellmut Wilhelm and The Constancy of Change, by Richard Wilhelm. Both titles are contained in this one book.

Hellmut’s lectures consist primarily on how the hexagrams should be interpreted, interspersed with a discussion of their philosophical foundations. Hellmut’s lectures contain extensive quotations from commentaries found in Richard’s original translation. Richard’s lectures contain mostly philosophical ruminations concerning the issues and inspirations of the I Ching. Richard’s lectures assume familiarity with the meaning and function of the hexagrams, and therefore may be too advanced for the general reader.

Hellmut’s lectures, on the other hand, are probably the best introduction for the reader to whom the I Ching is a complete mystery, which probably includes 99.9% of all of us. Together, these two sets of lectures, and this book, is the first stop for anyone interested in the I Ching.
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I wish that I had read this book 30 years ago. It's wonderful. Most of us will appreciate it's help with Classic. It answered many of my questions regarding the origins and history of the I Ching.
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what a wealth of knowledge and information...a great buy!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cipaczihuatl on September 29, 2013
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Book is an ancient classic, in the writing of Helmut Wilhelm sounds even better. I highly recommend I Ching related books written by him, it surpasses by far Chinese authors.
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