I Ching

I Ching : The Ancient Chinese Book of Changes

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The 2,500 year old Yi-jing or I Ching, translated as the 'Book of Changes', is an ancient Chinese work of divination and prophesy. Dating from the 4th century BC, it is traditionally consulted by performing complex routines of dropping bundles of dried grass stalks. The particular patterns formed when six stalks are dropped are represented by 64 symbols called hexagrams, which show every possible combination of broken and unbroken stalks. The Book of Changes tells how to interpret the hexagrams to decide which is the best approach or action in a given situation. I Ching: The Ancient Chinese Book of Changes features the 64 hexagrams and their successive interpretations, including the Judgment, written by King Wen in the 12th Century BCE, The Commentary and The Image (both attributed to Confucius, 6-5th Century BCE), and The Lines, written by King Wen's son. Accompanying The Lines are present-day interpretative texts. Beautifully produced in traditional Chinese binding and with a timeless design, this book will allow anyone fascinated by the traditional philosophies of the East to follow in the footsteps of Confucius and use the I Ching to predict their destiny.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 195 x 264 x 22.86mm | 800g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 64 logograms; 64 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1782747214
  • 9781782747215
  • 1,056,746

Table of contents

Introduction - The history of the I Ching and how to consult it
1. Ch'ien - The Creative Principle
2. K'un - The Passive Principle
3. Chun - Initial Difficulties
4. Meng - Youthful Inexperience
5. Hsu - Patient anticipation
6. Sung - Conflict
7. Shih - A Troop of soldiers
8. Pi - Seeking unity
9. Hsiao Ch'u - The Power of the Weak
10. Lu - Treading Wisely
11. T-ai - Peace
12. P'i - Stagnation
13. T'ung Jen - Companions
14. Tayu - Abundant Possessions
15. Ch'ien - Humility
16. Yu- Anticipation
17. Sui - Allegiance
18. Ku - Arresting Decay
19. Lin - Approaching
20. Kuan - Contemplation
21. Shih Ho - Biting Through
22. Pi - Grace
23. Po - Disintegration
24. Fu - The Turning Point
25. Wu Wang - Innocence
26. Ta Ch'u - The Restraining Force
27. I - Nourishment
28. Ta Kuo - Excess
29. K'an - The Abyss
30. Li - Flaming Beauty
31. Hsien - Influence
32. Heng - Endurance
33. Tun - Withdrawal
34. Ta Chuang - Greatness
35. Chin - Progress
36. Ming I - Sinking Light
37. Chia Jen - The Family
38. K-uei - Opposites
39. Chien - Obstacles
40. Hsieh - Deliverance
41. Sun - Decrease
42. I - Increase
43. Kuai - Resolution
44. Kou - Coming Together
45. Ts-ui - Congregation
46. Sheng - Moving upward
47. K'un - Exhaustion
48. Ching - The Well
49. Ko - Throwing Off
50. Ting - The Cauldron
51. Chen - Thunderclap
52. Ken - Inaction
53. Chien - Gradual Progress
54. Kuei Mei - The Marriageable Maiden
55. Feng - Abundance
56. Lu - The Wayfarer
57. Sun - Submission
58. Tui - Joy
59. Huan - Dispersal
60. Chieh - Restraint
61. Chung Fu - Inner Truth
62. Hsiao Kuo - The Small Persist
63. Chi Chi - Climax and After
64. Wei Chi - Before Climax
Index
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About Neil Powell

Neil Powell is an author and editor who lives in the UK. Kieron Connolly is a graduate in history from Edinburgh University and in film from the National Film & Television School. An author and journalist, he has written for the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail and The Times. His books include Dark History of Hollywood, Abandoned Places, Abandoned Civilizations, Abandoned Castles, and Bloody History of America. He lives in London. Confucius - the Latinized name of K'ung Fu-tzu (Great Master K'ung) - was a descendant of a branch of the Shang dynasty that ruled China from around 1122 BCE to 221 BCE. He was born around 551 BCE in what is now the province of Shantung in northeastern China. He worked in a number of roles before becoming a teacher. Around 498 BCE, he began a long journey throughout eastern China accompanied by several of his disciples, during which he developed his ideas on philosophy and the art of government, as well as teaching. He acquired a large following which has become known as the school of Ju (Confucianism). Confucius died in 479 BCE.
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