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Ling Ch'I Ching: A Classic Chinese Oracle

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The Ling Ch'I Ching was first created by an unknown Chinese scholar who consciously sought to present the world with a more accessible oracle than the esoteric I Ching. For centuries the Ling Ch'I Chinghas been a popular divination device for attaining self-knowledge and wisdom. Like its more famous cousin, the I Ching, the Ling Ch'I Chingis rich in poetic language and metaphorical imagery, linking the dynamic principles of heaven and earth with the affairs of people. But the Ling Ch'I Chingis far more accessible...
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Overview

The Ling Ch'I Ching was first created by an unknown Chinese scholar who consciously sought to present the world with a more accessible oracle than the esoteric I Ching. For centuries the Ling Ch'I Chinghas been a popular divination device for attaining self-knowledge and wisdom. Like its more famous cousin, the I Ching, the Ling Ch'I Chingis rich in poetic language and metaphorical imagery, linking the dynamic principles of heaven and earth with the affairs of people. But the Ling Ch'I Chingis far more accessible than the I Ching, focusing on the concerns of day-to-day life and positive accomplishment, with no "moving lines" to interpret.

The method of consultation includes throwing twelve coins, which are then arranged in three rows to yield one of 125 possible trigraphs. In the text, each trigraph is represented by a core oracle describing a situation, problem, or event, and its internal dynamic, along with a verse emphasizing the trigraph's more subtle, intuitive qualities. To aid the reader in interpreting the oracle, selections from classical commentaries have been included, as well as the translators' own commentary on the text.

Author Biography: Ralph D. Sawyer, one of the leading scholars of Chinese warfare, has also worked extensively with major military and intelligence agencies. After study at MIT, Harvard, and National Taiwan University, and a brief period of university teaching, Sawyer has spent the past thirty years in international consulting work throughout Asia. Working from a strong technical and intelligence background, he has focused his research on the theory and practice of warfare in China, both traditional and contemporary.

For centuries, the Ling Ch'i Ching has been a popular source of wisdom and an oracle of fortune telling. The ritual for consultation involves throwing 12 disks that are said to be imbued with power. The disk would be arranged in rows yielding one of 125 possible trigrams. In the text, each trigram is represented by a core oracle describing a situation, problem, or event and its internal dynamic. Calligraphy throughout.

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The Ling Ch'i Ching offers interpretations of patterns that result when 12 discs, each having one of three Chinese characters, are tossed. The discs are then arranged in three rows of four representing heaven, humankind, and Earth. Depending on which characters are visible and their position, an interpretation is offered as guidance for life decisions. The book's introduction explains in detail how the discs are interpreted, and the following 125 chapters give an oracle, verse, and commentaries for all possible patterns. For those who believe in the inherent power of such discs, the book offers a manual of interpretive guidance, though the translators offer strong cautions about such a use. For those who don't believe, the book is still recommended because it is an interesting and highly readable work in the Chinese divination tradition and will offer something in addition to the I Ching.-David Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernardino
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In comparison to other divination works in the Chinese tradition, the Ling Ch'i Ching is a reasonably accessible text requiring little interpretation or annotation. Developed by a Chinese scholar almost 2,000 years ago, the Ling Ch'i Ching involves 12 disks (or any common coin), and 125 triagraphs or life situations. This English translation, undertaken in an attempt to make the work easily understood by the widest audience possible, provides an oracle based on the triagraph, a verse illuminating the meaning of the oracle, and commentary drawn from classic Chinese sources. This divination method offers no cut-and-dried predictions, but rather makes prophecies from which you can draw your own wisdom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570620836
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/21/1995
  • Series: Shambhala Dragon Editions
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Great penetration 27
2 Gradual peace 30
3 Auspicious blessings 33
4 Wealth in abundance 36
5 Tao of pleasure 39
6 Fright and terror 42
7 Year of abundance 45
8 Slight wariness 48
9 Realizing ambition 50
10 Affairs proceeding 52
11 Talent advancing 54
12 Unfettered journeying 56
13 Anxiety and trouble 59
14 Cautious virtue 62
15 Implementing orders 64
16 Imminent loss 67
17 Spiritual protection 70
18 Imminent defeat 72
19 Ordering turbulence 74
20 Not yet returning 77
21 Guarding against greed 79
22 Resting in tranquility 82
23 Glorious auspiciousness 84
24 Success penetrating 86
25 Anxiety and happiness 88
26 Peaceful contentment 90
27 Expelling evil 92
28 Great harvest 94
29 Decline to minuteness 96
30 Avoiding disaster 99
31 Opening the concealed 102
32 Troubled by illness 105
33 Bright yang 107
34 Assistance of heaven 109
35 Respected and honored 112
36 Praying for intercession 114
37 Sending goods 117
38 Without difficulty 120
39 Respectful harmony 122
40 Contrary conquest 124
41 Perfected longevity 126
42 Firmness extending 129
43 Strongly flourishing 132
44 Surpassing beauty 134
45 Obtaining blessings 137
46 Coagulated and congealed 140
47 Evil dissipated 142
48 Uprightness above 144
49 The orphan impoverished 147
50 Submerged dragon 150
51 Beneficial friends 153
52 Wickedness excelling 155
53 Assistance of the spirits 157
54 Sacrificing for release 160
55 Repressing disaster 163
56 Praying for success 166
57 Following one's desires 169
58 Gains and losses 171
59 Rescue and assistance 174
60 Great unification 177
61 Sinking and obscured 180
62 Yin extending 182
63 Vanishing from the world 184
64 A mass of evils 186
65 Bitter constraint 189
66 Joy and delight 191
67 Just completed 193
68 Ghosts watching 195
69 Tardy blessings 197
70 Wary and cautious 199
71 Great completion 201
72 Supporting the endangered 203
73 Flowing blessings 205
74 Late accomplishment 207
75 Serving the ruler 210
76 Inevitable gains 213
77 Avenging insults 215
78 Abstaining from advancing 218
79 Abstaining from encounters 220
80 Bound up 222
81 Respectful caution 224
82 Tao of the emperor 226
83 Unsettled 228
84 Perverse insinuation 230
85 Caution over regret 233
86 Appropriate at the beginning 235
87 Confluence of blessings 237
88 Secret brigands 239
89 Good fortune and profits 241
90 Good fortune and happiness 243
91 Well arrayed 245
92 Negativity overturned 247
93 Not yet formed 249
94 Unstable and overturned 251
95 Shunning the world 253
96 Ghosts stirring 255
97 Slight loss 258
98 Coarse harmonization 260
99 Not plowed 263
100 Disaster from ghosts 265
101 Emptiness and loss 267
102 Uncooperative 269
103 Doubled abyss 272
104 Coming revolution 275
105 Lacking achievement 277
106 Disaster from rain 280
107 Disaster from drought 282
108 Distant attack 284
109 Theft by robbers 286
110 Lost standards 288
111 Cliques of villains 290
112 Disputes 292
113 Not yet bright 295
114 Shifting and flowing 298
115 Not yet peaceful 300
116 The image of death 302
117 Yang developing 304
118 Year of prosperity 306
119 Human affairs 308
120 Preserving the body 310
121 Transforming and nourishing 312
122 Profits of earth 314
123 Establishing lords 316
124 Escorting the end 318
125 The mysterious obverse 320
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