The I Ching or Book of Changes by Anonymous

The I Ching or Book of Changes

The I Ching, or Book of Changes, is one of the 1st efforts of the human mind to place itself within the universe. It has exerted a living influence in China for 3000 years and interest in it has spread in the West. Set down in the dawn of history as a book of oracles, the Book of Changes deepened in meaning when ethical values were attached to the oracular pronouncements; it became a book of wisdom, eventually one of the Five Classics of Confucia...

Details The I Ching or Book of Changes

TitleThe I Ching or Book of Changes
Release DateFeb 28th, 1997
PublisherPrinceton University Press
GenrePhilosophy, Religion, Nonfiction, Spirituality, Classics, Cultural, China, Reference, Taoism, Occult, Divination, Eastern Philosophy

Reviews The I Ching or Book of Changes

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The I Ching or Book of Changes, AnonymousThe I Ching or Yi Jing, also known as Classic of Changes or Book of Changes, is an ancient Chinese divination text and the oldest of the Chinese classics. Possessing a history of more than two and a half millennia of commentary and interpretation, the I Ching is an influential text read throughout the world, providing inspiration to the worlds of religion, psychoanalysis, literature, and art. Originally a ...
  • Danielle
    I read a little bit of this book almost every day. I can usually find a sentence or more that resonates with me on that day. The ancients believed that this book was a representation of the voices of spirits. It is thousands of years old. I don't know how to use divination with it, but I feel like it is a reliable friend who always gives good advice pertinant to my situation. My favorite line today is, "Everything that gives light is dependent on...
  • Josh
    I find it strange when people quote this book. I've seen multiple philosophers, writers, History Channel documentaries, heck, even Sean Connery in Zardoz quote the I Ching. Don't they realize that the I Ching's advice is directed towards the specific hexagram casted in response to a specific question? Its advice is catered to those who ask it– its words cannot be pulled out of context and applied to any life situation willy-nilly! The results ...
  • Mark
    At one point in my life while semi-transient, it was necessary to leave a portion of my library behind. So I left a box of books on a corner in Berkeley. My I Ching- the Blofeld translation- was amongst these. Some ten years later, I was browsing a bookstore on Haight St. and found a copy of the I Ching in the dollar discount rack. Opening it to the inside cover revealed a very familiar ink stain- green ink, which I suppose I had spilled on it, b...
  • Erik Graff
    The introduction by C.G. Jung was quite helpful in making sense of these ancient "divination texts" as reflective tools. So helpful that I tried it several times with the simple coin method and could see what he was getting at. Intellectually, however, the most interesting thing was the suggestion of a radically different sense of time. Emotionally, I had been brought up with the ideology of evolutionary progress while intellectually I subscribed...
  • Souldaddy
    As a skeptic I have a hard time reconciling logic & reason with my experiences concerning this book. The I Ching is like Chinese astrology that uses coins instead dates. You throw the coins and get a nugget of wisdom that speaks to your life and its problems. Logic would immediately say this is preposterous and I tend to agree, even now. The only problem with my conclusion is that hundreds of coin throws have shown me the I Ching is anything *but...
  • Alva Ware-Bevacqui
    I have used this little Book of Changes for about 15 years (I'm on my second copy) and it has never, ever, ever steered me wrong (unless I've ignored what it said, which has been far too often). Sure, you may think that throwing three coins in the air six times can't tell you anything, but you'd be surprised at how accurate the I Ching is. I've read other I Ching books and this is by far the most accessible. Written by the head doctor for a major...
  • Brian Fitzgerald
    This book has changed my life more than once. It's an old friend now, dog-eared and battered from travels on five continents, a bit salt-stained from time at sea. In the 1980s I created a software version on a floppy disk. In 2014 I upgraded that to an app for iPhone, Kindle, iPad, Android, and Apple Watch. It's my spelunking buddy in the caverns of the sub-conscious, my wise father, my Sancho Panza, my mystic magician. You might enjoy this piece...
  • Chris
    Mind blown. The Book of Changes has changed me--significantly and substantially.
  • Yigal Zur
    great to practice and brood. my hero Dotan Naor in my thrillers use it when he wonder which path to take to solve a case.
  • Tita
    This one is, for me, the grandfather of all the books I use. I occasionally read it, consult it, when I want a complete and full (and usually quite symbolic and mysterious) reading, for it is the translation closest to the original that I have found. However, I have other translations I use for faster readings or for explanations/explorations into deeper aspects of the figures. My longtime copy of this book has been packed away for several years ...
  • Emanuela
    Devo rileggermi l'introduzione di C.G.Jung perchè Brunella Antomarini in Pensare con l'errore dedica quasi un capitolo a I Ching ed ho bisogno di confrontarle.
  • Ben
    This isn't a book that you sit down a read through (although you can if you want), but more of a tool to use daily/weekly/whenever the needed arises. The wisdom in these pages is incredible, and for whatever reason whichever chapter(s) you roll, the advise within said chapters is always relevant. I highly suggest everyone get a copy and use it to provide some perspective whenever you find yourself in need. You don't need to believe in any superna...
  • Robtee
    It profits the wise man to cross the water,to be still in winter,active in summer,humble in lifeand graceful in death
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    A beautiful book that teaches us that change can't be will become what it was meant to be without our consideration or approval.
  • Mary-Jean Harris
    This is a great introduction to the I Ching. First of all, it contains the whole I Ching with lots of commentaries and explanations, historical ones and those from the author. And secondly, the introduction by John Minford was excellent, with a history of divination that progressed to the I Ching, as well as very useful examples of how to actually DO it--when I first got the book and flipped through it, it seemed all fine and dandy, but although ...
  • Tracy O
    Yes, I KNOW. All of the hackles on your back are going up as you read this title. All I can say is that when you read this (and, yep, cast the pennies in this case) you will think this is SO much baloney. But, I really think that the readings are just a way to think about your life using a new window - what's another way to look at my situation? Everytime I think about an issue using this, I have a new insight - it's darn straight-forward.
  • Johnny
    de facto translation of the i ching for english-onlys like us americans tend to be. if you are really interested in the i ching, you need to read this book at least once and to keep it as a reference. the readings are incredibly insightful and sound incredibly natural given the two levels of translation (chinese -> german -> english). i often find myself wondering if the obfuscation of the double translation is actually a blessing for such an eso...
  • Sidhartha
    This is only alive book I know. I'm reading it constantly or maybe it would be more correct to say am talking with it constantly.
  • Mr. P
    I've been studying this book since 1973, the same year I went to college.
  • Lehcim Nosre-dna
    IT'S ALIVE!!!
  • Mohamedridha Alaskari محمد رضا العسكري
    يبدوا انه كتاب استخارة او شيء من هذا القبيل، فيه تفاصيل كثيرة لاستخدامه وتوصيات معينة كما يتصطلب بعض الادوات الاضافية مثل ثلاث عملات نقدية وورقة بيضاء وقلم لتدوين الملاحظات، كما ويتطلب طقوس خاصة لاستخدام هذا الكتاب، ويعتبر هذا الكتاب هو كتاب تحا...
  • Juan
    Puntuar un libro de varios milenios de antigüedad, por mucho que se trate de una edición moderna comentada en la que hay más cosas que valorar, me resulta sacrílego y, aún así, la hago porque considero necesario que el mundo sepa que se aprenden cosas muy curiosas, aunque no son las que esperabas. Yo llegué a este libro a través de The Man in the High Castle, donde el protagonista, habitual trasunto del autor, lo usa para tomar las decisi...
  • Charles
    This is THE authoritative version of the I Ching, or Book of Changes. It is both a compendium of ancient knowledge that is still perfectly applicable to contemporary situations, and an oracle that clearly defines any situation and points to the correct action (or non-action) required to resolve the situation in the most effective manner. I have used the oracle on and off for nearly 50 years and it has never led me astray. A good deal of immersion...
  • John Burns
    You aren't really meant to read it from cover to cover. It's more something that you delve into in a semi-chaotic manner from time to time. The text functions as something of a "random fresh-perspective generator" and can help you to see specific problems in a new light.I found it pretty insightful and hope that i can find it useful in the future. I haven't spent enough time with it to be able to recommend it but i suspect most people would find ...
  • Paul
    If you are looking for a beginners book on the I Ching that is easy to understand and easy to use then this book is for you.I use it almost daily and it never fails to offer good advice.
  • Wesley Jackson
    6 in the fourth position.Bones are scattered.A heavy tome is regarded.The solemn reader is rewarded.No blame.
  • Susan B
    This is the best translation I've ever read. I keep it with my Bible. They are my guides in life.