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The I Ching, or Book of Changes, a common source for both Confucianist and Taoist philosophy, is one of the first efforts of the human mind to place itself within the universe. It has exerted a living influence in China for 3,000 years, and interest in it has been rapidly spreading in the West.

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More than just a translation, Richard Wilhelm''s I Ching is a profound introduction to the Chinese world-view. The I Ching ( Yi Jing) is recognized by both Confucians and Taoists as a foundational work, and Wilhelm shows why. He separates his work into three books. The first book is about the hexagrams--the meanings of the lines and Wilhelm''s extensive comments. The second presents two early commentaries that interpret the wisdom of the divinatory text, also with Wilhelm''s helpful notes. And the third book takes us back to the hexagrams for more detailed commentary from both ancient Chinese thinkers and Wilhelm. Wilhelm is able to offer such enormous assistance because he spent the better part of a decade in China studying under classically trained scholars. His love for the work is thus as broad as his understanding.

The I Ching was originally used for divination, kind of like palm reading or interpreting the stars. It differs from simple prognostication, however, in that it demands us, as diviners, to cultivate an understanding of the world and ourselves. Without this understanding, the text is useless, hence the value of the commentaries, particularly Wilhelm''s. This version is not without its biases, of course--it is a European''s understanding of the I Ching, through a late-Qing dynasty Confucian perspective, translated into English by a Jungian psychoanalyst. Nonetheless, it succeeds like no other. --Brian Bruya

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"Princeton''s Bollingen edition--still regarded as the best and most authentic by I Ching aficionados.", The New York Times Book Review

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John Engelman
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I Ching is not a sorcerer. It is a psychologist.
Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2015
I am anti choice. I dislike making decisions. A number of years ago I faced a complex dilemma. I had to select between two choices of ambivalent value. The wrong choice would probably be bad for me. Even the right choice held dangers if I did not respond correctly to... See more
I am anti choice. I dislike making decisions. A number of years ago I faced a complex dilemma. I had to select between two choices of ambivalent value. The wrong choice would probably be bad for me. Even the right choice held dangers if I did not respond correctly to it.

I went to I Ching, tossed my three coins, and read what it said in the hexagram the coins directed me to. What I read was appropriate to my circumstances. I was still not ready to make my choice, but I had a better understanding of the situation in front of me. I wrote down the hexagram, and took notes on what I Ching told me.

Then I lost my notes. Because I still needed to make my decision, I tossed the three coins again, and went to the hexagram they told me to study.

I was astonished. I was told to go to the same hexagram I had been directed to the first time. The chances of this happening were one in 4,096. I Ching is magic, I concluded. I wrote down the hexagram, and took notes on what it told me about my situation.

Several days later I found my first notes. It turned out that with two tosses of the coins I had been directed to two different hexagrams. Nevertheless, in each case what I read was relevant to my situation. Each hexagram helped me make a difficult decision that turned out to be in my interest.

I Ching is not magic. In a sense it is even more remarkable. It does not serve as a sorcerer, but as a skilled psychologist, one who asks the right questions, helps you to understand aspects of your subconscious mind, and who helps you to solve your problems.

Astrology is somewhat the same. The next time you read your horoscope in a newspaper, do not read what it says for your sign. Read what it says for another sign. If you are facing a problem in your life you will probably find that the writing for the other sign is helpful. Then read your sign. It too is helpful. Finally, read the horoscope in another newspaper, and see what it says for your sign.

There will probably not be any similarity in what the two different horoscopes say about your sign. Nevertheless, each will be helpful.

I have never worked with tarot cards. I suspect that they work the same way. I Ching, astrology, and tarot are evocative. Their ambiguous messages encourage you to project your concerns into them. In the process they help you in ambiguous situations.

The use of the yarrow-sticks or the coins is a way to encourage one who consults I Ching to believe that there is something super natural in its working. What would be less psychologically interesting, but equally effective would be to use a roulette wheel with 64 slots, or to cut 64 small pieces of paper, write one to sixty four on the pieces, put them into a hat, shuffle the hat, close your eyes, and pick a piece of paper. Any one of the 64 hexagrams can give you helpful insights and advice.

Epictetus said that a gambler cannot determine the roll of the dice. He can determine what he will do when the dice stop rolling.

I Ching will not tell the future. It will not give you a winning lottery number. It will not tell you which horse will win a race. It will not tell you which stocks will gain in value, and which will lose. It will not tell you that next week you will receive a letter from a former love interest you have neither seen for years nor been able to forget. It will help you decide how to respond to that letter, if you received it last week.
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Morgan V. Madison
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Quick and good advice.
Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2019
There is a key at the end of the book. You use 6 coins - either the traditional I Ching coins or any coins, like pennies. It''s a heads/tails system where heads is a solid line and tails is a broken line - at least that''s how I do it. Use the key in the back to... See more
There is a key at the end of the book. You use 6 coins - either the traditional I Ching coins or any coins, like pennies. It''s a heads/tails system where heads is a solid line and tails is a broken line - at least that''s how I do it.

Use the key in the back to find the pattern of 6 lines that fits your coin toss of 6 coins heads/tails, then go to the page for that pattern to read what it means. Contemplate how what you read applies to your question/situation.

Might be easier to use if you''re used to other methods of divination.

However, the advice is simple and straightforward. Can be used with tarot card readings, astrology, or anything else to get more/fuller advise.
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Matthias Sillipo
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Visible effects of the invisible manifest themselves
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2016
I have consulted the I Ching for most of my life, and I bought this edition because the one I had was stolen from my library. Now I am a hard-core scientist and an agnostic, but sometimes things happen... I am not going to try to explain what is happening here,... See more
I have consulted the I Ching for most of my life, and I bought this edition because the one I had was stolen from my library.
Now I am a hard-core scientist and an agnostic, but sometimes things happen...
I am not going to try to explain what is happening here, neither for myself nor for others.
It is something to be explored, and like music, poetry, maths, chess, gardening, quantum physics ...what-have-you, sometimes you get entangled, sometimes you don''t.
If you do with this book, it will be a fulfilling lifetime affair with someone you never really get to know.
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Anoymous Consumer
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This book is amazing and a keeper for me for life
Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2018
This book is amazing and a keeper for me for life. The translation and interpretation is very clear and easy to understand. It is the kind of book that just "comes alive and right off the page" if you connect with it. It makes an excellent read anytime because it is... See more
This book is amazing and a keeper for me for life. The translation and interpretation is very clear and easy to understand. It is the kind of book that just "comes alive and right off the page" if you connect with it. It makes an excellent read anytime because it is very inspirational as well. I read it at night before sleeping, and it seems that the wisdom that it imparts has affected my life in a positive, most profound way!
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Arrived in MINT CONDITION
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2021
I didtn order this book because of its notoriety for being a predictions book. I chose the book because the book chose me. It arrived in mint condition. Although I am the first to admit I am far from scholarly. However, yes it is a long indepth body of work. THat being... See more
I didtn order this book because of its notoriety for being a predictions book. I chose the book because the book chose me. It arrived in mint condition. Although I am the first to admit I am far from scholarly. However, yes it is a long indepth body of work. THat being said, THe book fell open to a specific more than once and from there I began to read. IT struck something deep and profound in me. I was cautious because of other reviewers who said it was an itense read and hard to decipher.
I must say I did not find that to be the. And in all things can choose to take on board specific information I believe has a correlation to my own specific questions and ponderings. The rest I can discard. It is calle free will.
I was interested in purchasing the book because its an extensive piece of work by a westerner into chinese culture. A fitting document of mans first introspection into his own existence and how he sees himself in the world.

Although I have had problems sourcing yarrow stalks to begin the true works. But in the meantime I plan to invest as much of myself into learning what the book has to offer.

ITs a new year, its a new read. And so far reading It hasnt made my brain hurt, unlike other reviewers. I believe the truth always presents itself to those who are open AND searching for it. Very Highly recommended. arrived in mint condition and ahead of the suggested delivery date.
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Aquarius
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Awesome book, horrible packaging by Amazon
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2020
This book has been important to me my entire life, I value it enormously. It helpd me reflect and get a better sense of what''s going on for me in times of confusion or decision-making. I moved recently and can''t find my copy in the boxes in storage. I ordered a new one, and... See more
This book has been important to me my entire life, I value it enormously. It helpd me reflect and get a better sense of what''s going on for me in times of confusion or decision-making. I moved recently and can''t find my copy in the boxes in storage. I ordered a new one, and Amazon shipped it in an oversize box with no padding. The cover was ripped, pocked, and damaged, and the book edge was dented. I returned it and asked for a second copy, asked that they pack it better. Second copy arrived in the exact same box, no padding at all. Cover is less damaged but still damaged, corner of book edge is bent. I''m really annoyed at Amazon but don''t want to be without the book any longer. Great book, arrived in frustrating/annoying poor condition twice. Thanks, Amazon... NOT.
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T. Scott
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Best in the West
Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2014
Brilliant advice and fantastic translation. My only criticism is just how much liberty Wilhelm seems to take with his personal interpretations of the text. He gives a great reference point and in many cases vital perspective regarding ancient Chinese culture, but as Jung... See more
Brilliant advice and fantastic translation. My only criticism is just how much liberty Wilhelm seems to take with his personal interpretations of the text. He gives a great reference point and in many cases vital perspective regarding ancient Chinese culture, but as Jung illustrates in his interpretation of his own reading in the foreward, the text itself is meant to be interpreted by the asker in the moment of asking. Just remember that, while he is a scholar, and well versed in the paradigm of the eastern mind, he is still a man of the west.
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Lili M S Krech
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Valuable I Ching presentation
Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2017
I have been a Jungian since 1968 and I think this is probably the most valuable book in English concerning the I Ching. I think it is a must.
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Certainly value for money but I would have preferred a better quality paper
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 21, 2017
This is a replacement copy of my original book, now 40 years old and falling to bits. Certainly value for money but I would have preferred a better quality paper.
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DrKarma
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 21, 2018
A Classic must have for every library
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robert h. jacobs
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 23, 2016
This is the best translation of the I Ching.
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Ron
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my favourite holy book
Reviewed in Canada on November 4, 2018
im muslim, i read the koran. i appreciate abrahamism. but this book has no narrative. its just philosophy. the way you approach it is totally non-local, random by any western standard. i regularly have profound experiences with it. dylan liked it. mind you, it itself warns,...See more
im muslim, i read the koran. i appreciate abrahamism. but this book has no narrative. its just philosophy. the way you approach it is totally non-local, random by any western standard. i regularly have profound experiences with it. dylan liked it. mind you, it itself warns, that for some the i ching is clear as day. for others, it is dark as night. it depends on inclination
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Thicker book than expected! Heavy reading required.
Reviewed in Canada on October 6, 2020
I have been called to learn I Ching, and this book has been recommended to be numerous times by friends- and there isn''t many photos or reviews on this book itself. I''ll start off with saying that the presentation of the book is in decent condition, the cover is a bit...See more
I have been called to learn I Ching, and this book has been recommended to be numerous times by friends- and there isn''t many photos or reviews on this book itself. I''ll start off with saying that the presentation of the book is in decent condition, the cover is a bit tattered but the book itself is in mint condition. I am after the knowledge in this product and so the condition of the book is not that much of a concern or priority. The second thing to note is this book is actually a hefty read, there is a total of 740 pages (this includes titles, appendages, references and authors comments). I have only begun reading the author''s commentary on the writing of this book, and it has been really informative giving a lot of detailed background on the legitimacy and qualifications of the people who have gotten together in putting together this book. The font is fairly small so be prepared to read in a well lit place, and to use a bookmark to help space out each line making it easier on the eyes to focus. The book was shipping to me quickly without any issues, I am really happy with it and all I have to say now is that I have my work cut out for me in terms of going down this rabbit hole of learning I Ching!
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