The Taoist I Ching

The Taoist I Ching

The I Ching , or "Book of Change," is considered the oldest of the Chinese classics and has throughout history commanded unsurpassed prestige and popularity. Containing several layers of text and given numerous levels of interpretation, it has captured continuous attention for well over two thousand years. It has been considered a book of fundamental principles by philosophers, politicians, mystics, alchemists, yogins, diviners, sorcerers, and more recently by scientists and mathematicians.

This first part of the present volume is the text of the I Ching proper—the sixty-four hexagrams plus sayings on the hexagrams and their lines—with the commentary composed by Liu I-ming, a Taoist adept, in 1796. The second part is Liu I-ming's commentary on the two sections added to the I Ching by earlier commentators, believed to be members of the original Confucian school; these two sections are known as the Overall Images and the Mixed Hexagrams. In total, the book illuminates the Taoist inner teachings as practiced in the School of Complete Reality.

Well versed in Buddhism and Confucianism as well as Taoism, Liu I-ming intended his work to be read as a guide to comprehensive self-realization while living an ordinary life in the world. In his attempt to lift the veil of mystery from the esoteric language of the I Ching , he employs the terminology of psychology, sociology, history, myth, and religion. This commentary on the I Ching stands as a major contribution to the elucidation of Chinese spiritual genius.

Title:The Taoist I Ching
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780394743875
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    The Taoist I Ching Reviews

  • Robert Francisco

    I have (and do use) many versions of the I Ching, but if I could only have one I would choose this one. The translation is by Thomas Cleary with commentary by the Taoist adept Liu I-ming. Unlike many ...

  • James

    It took me a long while to finish this book, but I don't think it was because it was "bad" really. It really gave me perspective I found. Personally, I learned a lot about the way you think and act, w...

  • Johnny

    i am normally averse to thomas cleary's translations. this one didnt bother me too much. its an interesting book - a "taoist" interpretation of the i ching, but "taoist" means different things to diff...

  • C Settles

    This translation by Thomas Cleary is very different than the usual I Ching translations. It offers a decidedly Daoist point of view to the classic. Good comparative read for the student of the I Ching...

  • Susan

    I had not thrown the I Ching since my hippy youth, when it was done with friends and read like Tarot cards, a magical oracle of the hidden present and future. This book provides a more detailed, and m...

  • Peter Zockoll

    A book that has generated in me an intense amount of interest in spiritual alchemy. It's been a door of sorts that I've been meaning to open for awhile now, and as long as I give my attention to it an...

  • Eric

    This only applies to this particular version of the book. Would give this a different rating but for starters it's very convoluted as far as the introduction goes. Then, as far as how to use the book,...

  • Arthur Johnson

    Very good book on Change. However, the commentary and writing are a bit difficult. ...

  • John Hartfield

    An open mind is needed for this and watch magic happen....

  • Barb

    Thomas Cleary has a great way with words and is insightful to the movement which the I Ching provides, action or non-action. Knowing changes everything....