Understanding the I Ching

Understanding the I Ching : The Wilhelm Lectures on the Book of Changes

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The West's foremost translator of the I Ching, Richard Wilhelm thought deeply about how contemporary readers could benefit from this ancient work and its perennially valid insights into change and chance. For him and for his son, Hellmut Wilhelm, the Book of Changes represented not just a mysterious book of oracles or a notable source of the Taoist and Confucian philosophies. In their hands, it emerges, as it did for C. G. Jung, as a vital key to humanity's age-old collective unconscious. Here the observations of the Wilhelms are combined in a volume that will reward specialists and aficionados with its treatment of historical context--and that will serve also as an introduction to the I Ching and the meaning of its famous hexagrams.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 22.35mm | 340g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 2 illus.
  • 0691001715
  • 9780691001715
  • 253,247

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"Heraclitus, who held that life was movement and that it developed through the conflict of opposites, also conceived a harmonious world order, the Logos, that shapes this chaos. But to the Chinese, as we shall see, the two principles, movement and the unchanging law governing it, are one: they know neither kernel nor husk-heart and mind function together undivided."--Hellmut Wilhelm
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Table of contents

Change: Eight Lectures on the I ChingPreface31Origins82The Concept of Change203The Two Fundamental Principles334The Trigrams and the Hexagrams475The Hexagrams Ch'ien and K'un636The Ten Wings837The Later History of the Book of Changes1018The Oracle Book120Lectures on the I Ching: Constancy and ChangeIntroduction139Opposition and Fellowship154The Spirit of Art According to the Book of Changes194Constancy in Change236Death and Renewal286Notes317Index327
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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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About Hellmut Wilhelm

This book was originally published in two volumes, Change: Eight Lectures on the 'I Ching' by Hellmut Wilhelm and Lectures on the 'I Ching': Constancy and Change by Richard Wilhelm.
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