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Book Summaries

This review includes the impressions of the books based on what I have learned so far. Some of which may be mistaken. Authors and publishers are invited to contact me at jim@yijing.wiki. A reader who wants a book included which I missed is invited to submit for inclusion on this website.

 

The translation list is organized by translations by scholars, non-scholars, users with extensive knowledge, and translators who know the Chinese language and have undertaken to understand Old Chinese.  Those I have listed who I perceive as scholars because I have seen their literature, they seem to be translating from one of the Old Chinese texts or some other evidence. This is definitely a judgment call in some cases.

I have taken a shortcut with the Ten-Wings, the commentary added to the original Zhouyi, calling it a "Confucian Commentary," when, in fact, the Great Treatise, in particular, is a synergy of the Confucian,  Yin-Yang, Correlated Cosmology, and Daoist schools of through.

 

I distinguish between The Book of Changes with its Confucian Commentary (or Neo Daoist commentary) — the I Ching (or Yijing in Pinyin) — and the pre-Confucian text which is usually associated with the Zhou dynasty — the Zhouyi. The Zhouyi was Divination Manual, which most scholars believed were from sources composed of over several lifetimes and compiled with its Names, Judgment, and Line Statements.

I have a pretty complete collection of I Ching books and have included the most of ones that are translated by scholars and some others. If you have a question about an I Ching translation or interpretation, I probably have it, and will be happy to share what I know about it. Email me at jim@yijing.wiki.

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Falconer, Indebted to Change, 2021.

A book of free-verse irregular poetry, one for each hexagram. The titles are related to the idea of each hexagram. The poetry is drawn from the author’s experience in Tasmania, with modern and sometimes nature themes, while reaching toward spirituality.

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