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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 recently by scientists and mathematicians This first part of t. 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 other translations that seem to focus on external success prosperity etc the emphasis here is on internal cultivation of consciousness

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He 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 practi. 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 and the universe of thought that surrounds it I think it will be the basis for an understanding or interpretation of this human experience that absolutely fascinates me I ve wanted to be a wizard since I was a boy this book represents the first tangible piece of proof for me that sorcery alchemy and wizardry are still very much alive and well for those who are willing to submit themselves to learning the practices

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Ced 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. 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 the structure is not ideal So as the reader you re never sure where the text is going or if there s something you missed because the introduction meanders and isn t presented clearly The actual text books 1 and 2 is fine and serves its purpose


10 thoughts on “The Taoist I Ching

  1. says:

    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 other translations that seem to focus on external success prosperity etc the emphasis here is on internal cultivation of conscio

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    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 different people well set in a yang fire oriented tradition the water method suits me better so this book is a little off on that score but i sti

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    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 and the universe of thought that surrounds it I think it will be the basis for an understanding or interpretation of this human experience that absolutely fascinates me I've wanted to be a wizard since I was a boy this book rep

  7. says:

    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 the structure is not ideal So as the reader you're never sure where the text is going or if there's something you missed because the introduction meanders and isn't presented clearly The actual text books 1 and 2 is fine and serves its

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    Ideograms from the I Ching appear in the DHARMA logos

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    These are the recipes if you can read them