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The Complete I Ching _ 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Translation by Taoist Master Alfred Huang 2nd Edition

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“What is constant through this translation is both a sense of tradition and an appreciation of modernity. Throughout is a philosophical calmness, a sense of the intellectual mingling with the spirit of things. Most importantly, Huang makes this a useful I Ching, more useful for the current temperament than older, more self-conscious translations.” (The Book Reader)

“This translation, from a Taoist master, is the most extensive treatment of the subject I have ever encountered. . . . the quality of the work is so exceptional that it is hard to find fault with it. . . . if you wish to learn this system, this book will be an indispensable aid to your education. There is such a wealth of information contained in this book (each page contains the hexagram being discussed and the ideograph of the name, so there is no confusion) that it is hard to overstate the usefulness of this work. . . . This it is of use and benefit for both the novice and the more experienced user.” (Mike Gleason, Witchgrove)

“Huang succeeds, also, in producing a work that keeps opening up new vistas of understanding and inviting the reader to explore the many layers of discovery offered by the mathematical, visual and literary dimensions of the classic.” (Reg Little, New Dawn)

“Impressive for its scope and the clarity of its translation, this 10th anniversary edition features a new introduction by Huany on the history and application of the I-Ching, with descriptions of the commentary and divination methods.” (Book News, Inc., February 2011)

“. . . this 10th Anniversary Edition of Master Huang’s translation brings new light to understanding and utilizing this ancient wisdom.” (Light of Consciousness Journal, April 2011)

“This book is an absolute requirement for those who rely upon the I-Ching, and most highly recommended as a primary text for anyone wishing to learn how to use it. Highest recommendations to author and publisher - excellent!” (Elizabeth Hazel, FacingNorth.net, September 2011)

“A careful comparison of Huang’s translation with the Wilhelm, Legge, and Blofeld versions reveals its superiority in nearly every respect. Readers interested in acquainting themselves with the I Ching for the first time need to look no further; those who have formed a deep personal attachment to a previous translation owe it to themselves to explore this one as well.” (Intuition)

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“A careful comparison of Huang’s translation with the Wilhelm, Legge, and Blofeld versions reveals its superiority in nearly every respect. Readers interested in acquainting themselves with the I Ching for the first time need to look no further; those who have formed a deep personal attachment to a previous translation owe it to themselves to explore this one as well.”
--Intuition

“What is constant through this translation is both a sense of tradition and an appreciation of modernity. Throughout is a philosophical calmness, a sense of the intellectual mingling with the spirit of things. Most importantly, Huang makes this a useful I Ching, more useful for the current temperament than older, more self-conscious translations.”
--The Book Reader

Translated by the eminent Taoist Master Alfred Huang, The Complete I Ching has been praised by scholars and new students of the I Ching since its first edition. A native Chinese speaker, Master Huang first translated the original ideograms of the I Ching into contemporary Chinese and then into English, bringing forth the intuitive meanings embodied in the images of the I Ching and imbuing his translation with an accuracy and authenticity not possible in other English translations. However, what makes his translation truly definitive is his return to prominence of the Ten Wings, the commentaries by Confucius that are essential to the I Ching’s insights.

This 10th anniversary edition offers a thorough introduction to the history of the I Ching, how to use it, and several new divination methods; in-depth and easy-toreference translations of each hexagram name, description, and pictogram; and discussions of the interrelations between the hexagrams and the spiritual meaning of their sequence.

Born in 1921, MASTER ALFRED HUANG is a professor of Taoist philosophy, former Dean of Students at Shanghai University, and a third-generation master of Wu-style Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, and Oriental meditation with more than 70 years of experience. He studied the I Ching--a forbidden book at the time--in secret with one of China’s greatest I Ching masters, only to be branded an antirevolutionary by the Communist government and forced into manual labor in 1957 and imprisonment in 1966. During his 22 years of confinement, he found the strength to survive through meditation on the I Ching. Released in 1979, he emigrated to the United States. The founder of New Harmony, a nonprofit organization devoted to self-healing, and the author of The Numerology of the I Ching and Complete Tai-Chi, Master Huang lives on the island of Maui.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions; 2 edition (November 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594773866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594773860
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have collected copies of the I Ching and Tao te Ching for many years, but I only recently purchased this one.

Its strong points are its authentically Chinese perspective. Huang is not a Westerner, so he is not viewing the ancient text through a Western perspective, the way most of the translations available to us do.

Most interesting is his use of the ancient forms of the ideographs and the explanations of their original meanings.

That being said, most of us wanting to read translations of the I Ching ARE Westerners, and actually need the Western perspective of a translator for the frequently obscure references in the work to make sense to us.

I think this is an essential work for those who want to round out and deepen their understanding of the I Ching, but if you are just beginning your study, start with something more accessible, like Wing, or Brian Browne Walker, paired with the Wilhelm/Baynes translation.
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Alfred Huang is Chinese-born. As Dean at Shanghai University he studied and taught the less common Wu-style of Tai Chi Chuan and other classical Chinese esoteric arts, and as a consequence suffered imprisonment and persecution at the hands of the Chinese Communist government through the 1950s and 60s: the official line was that anything from China's ancient Taoist/Confucian classical culture was rooted in "feudalism" and "superstition" and adherents should be punished and "re-educated".

Pardoned and released following the death of Mao, Huang emigrated to Hawaii in 1980 where he discovered to his surprise that a genuine interest in the I-Ching existed in the west, decided he didn't think any of the other English translations were good enough and wrote this own. In common with virtually all latter-day translators of the oracle - John Blofeld, Stephen Karcher, Hua Ching Ni and all the rest - Huang claims HIS translation is "the definitive one", closest to the meaning of the classical original. In his case, he might even be right.

For the reader unfamiliar with the layout of the I-Ching: the 64 hexagrams - or `gua' - 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 or 9 = a Yang (unbroken, strong), alternately 6 or 8 = a Yin (broken, yielding) line, and their complex interrelationship gives each gua its unique nature and meaning.
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There are three things I love about this edition of the I Ching. First, the translation is both practical and poetic. Second, the author explains why he translates certain concepts in certain ways with respect to other translations. Finally, he arranges the various components of the I Ching--the multiple commentaries--in a most logical and useful way.
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I think I collected and used most of the Yi Jing translations to English and German, and have been also studying the Chinese original. This work is one of my favorites, along with Wilhelm's, Blofeld's and Shaughnessy's bilingual edition, and of course, the Chinese text. It's unique values are authenticity of translation, the perspective of one Tao Master, the pictures of the ancient ideographs of Gua and a in-depth explanation of some important symbois that could not be found anywhere else.

Today there are many interpretations of the classic works and while I appreciate the value-add of the inspired new commentaries, I find the modern interpretations meaningful only if they build upon the actual, AUTHENTIC foundation and do not lose, dummy down or distort the original information. Unfortunately, majority of Westernized adaptations do exactly that. I saw many books that try to cut out the mystery and deep objective roots from the ancient "Jing" (Heavenly Scriptures) and present them in a socially biased context (e.g. treating inner and outer primordial spirit and their connection as the elements of an old superstition) thus misleading the readers.

Master Huang has much different and deeper approach, that could be probably best summarized in his sentence: "Truth of Heaven is also the Truth of Humanity". His work respects and honors the roots of Yi Jing and his detailed and informative commentaries naturally grow from there. While any individual interpretation only shows a limited angle of view to a real thing, rather than its actuality (as in Dao Da Jing: "The name that can be named is not an Eternal Name"), this work powerfully supports the inner understanding of the open-minded reader. Highly recommended to the serious seekers of Truth.
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This is my favorite of five translations of the I Ching that I own. The author's personal experience with I Ching gives him the understanding to provide an accurate translation that transcends the word for word translations of most versions of the I Ching that are available to readers of English.
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