The laws of change: I ching and the philosophy of life

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Schocken Books, 2002 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 655 pages
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As important to Chinese civilization as the Bible is to Western culture, theI Ching is one of the oldest treasures of world literature. Yet despite many commentaries written over the years, it is still not well understood in the English-speaking world. In this masterful new interpretation, Jack Balkin returns theI Chingto its rightful place as a book of wisdom that teaches how to live one's life in a changing and confusing world. TheI Chingis nothing less than an explanation of the laws of change in the universe and of how human beings can learn to live in harmony with them. Balkin presents it as a work of practical philosophy and ethics, concerned with helping people to cultivate their characters, achieve emotional balance, and maintain personal integrity in the face of adversity and ever-changing circumstances. He shows how theI Ching'sdivinatory system helps the reader discover the book's underlying philosophy through applying its insights to everyday problems. Balkin's comprehensive and perceptive commentaries highlight a clear, understandable version of the core text of theI Chingthat preserves its striking imagery while remaining faithful to the long tradition of ethical interpretations of the work.The Laws of Change: I Ching and the Philosophy of Lifeaffords us the opportunity to experience a world masterpiece anew with unprecedented depth and understanding.

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Balkin, a Yale law professor, offers an engaging translation and interpretation of this Chinese classic. Based on a system of 64 hexagrams and their associated oracular statements, the I Ching began ... Read full review

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I've used the I Ching on a regular basis for nearly 4 decades. I have a deep interest in both the wisdom and pragmatism of this treatise and I own a copy of nearly every translation printed in English. Of those, in my mind, J. Balkins book is the most accessible. His interpretation is thoughtful, coherent, and I believe comes closest to capturing the essence and intent of the original authors of this ancient work.
After 20+ years, my current copy is worn and falling apart. For me it has been a treasure to own. If I had to leave home in a hurry it would be one of the few things I'd grab to take with me. I highly recommend it.
 

Contents

An Introduction to the Book of Changes and Its Philosophy 1 Introduction
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The Philosophy of the Book of Changes
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How the Book of Changes Works
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Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, and the founder and director of Yale’s Information Society Project. His books and articles range over many different fields, including philosophy, law, politics, cultural evolution, and social theory. He lives in Branford, Connecticut.

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