Ling Ch'I Ching: A Classic Chinese Oracle

Ling Ch'I Ching: A Classic Chinese Oracle

by Ralph D. Sawyer
     
 
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

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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813341743
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
09/20/2004
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ralph D. Sawyer, one of America’s leading scholars in Chinese warfare, has worked extensively with major intelligence and defense agencies. After studying at MIT and Harvard and a brief stint of university teaching, Sawyer has spent the past thirty years lecturing and doing international consulting work focused on China.

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