Understanding the

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

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Understanding the "I Ching": The Wilhelm Lectures on the Book of Changes by Hellmut Wilhelm, Richard Wilhelm

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691001715
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 05/15/1995
Series: Bollingen Series (General) Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 843,026
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Change: Eight Lectures on the I Ching

Preface 3

1 Origins 8

2 The Concept of Change 20

3 The Two Fundamental Principles 33

4 The Trigrams and the Hexagrams 47

5 The Hexagrams Ch'ien and K'un 63

6 The Ten Wings 83

7 The Later History of the Book of Changes 101

8 The Oracle Book 120

Lectures on the I Ching: Constancy and Change

Introduction 139

Opposition and Fellowship 154

The Spirit of Art According to the Book of Changes 194

Constancy in Change 236

Death and Renewal 286

Notes 317

Index 327


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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

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.

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