A New Translation of the I Ching as Interpreted by Wang Bi
Used in China as a book of divination and source of wisdom for more than three thousand years, the I Ching has been taken up by millions of English-language speakers in the nineteenth century. The first translation ever to appear in English that includes one of the major Chinese philosophical commentaries, the Columbia I Ching presents the classic book of changes for the world today.
Richard Lynn's introduction to this new translation explains the organization of The Classic of Changes through the history of its various parts, and describes how the text was and still is used as a manual of divination with both the stalk and coin methods. For the fortune-telling novice, he provides a chart of trigrams and hexagrams; an index of terms, names, and concepts; and a glossary and bibliography.
Lynn presents for the first time in English the fascinating commentary on the I Ching written by Wang Bi (226-249), who was the main interpreter of the work for some seven hundred years. Wang Bi interpreted the I Ching as a book of moral and political wisdom, arguing that the text should not be read literally, but rather as an expression of abstract ideas. Lynn places Wang Bi's commentary in historical context.
For beginners and devotees alike, Columbia's I Ching is the clearest and most authoritative translation of this ancient classic.
"Familiar with current historical and textual research, having no truck with 'ageless wisdoms' and leery of spirituality, Richard Lynn's translation of the I Ching as retranslated, explicated and interpreted by the young scholar Wang Bi and his followers, feels a world apart from that of Wilhelm." — London Review of Books
"This is the best I Ching that has so far appeared." — Times Literary Supplement (London)
"[Lynn]'s provided us with the materials from which to reconstruct Wang Bi's vision of the text. The result is clearly written and presented -- the best entry into anI Ching world that we have so far." — Shambala Sun
"This new translation is welcome because of its crisp usage of modern-day English... Highly recommended." — Library Journal
"Lynn has... produce[d] a translation of whose accuracy one can be optimally confident... [T]his is a solidly and attractively produced volume." — Religion
Changes of the Zhou, by by Wang Bi
Two: Commentary on the Appended Phrases, Part One
Three: Commentary on the Appended Phrases, Part Two
Four: Providing the Sequences of the Hexagrams
Five: The Hexagrams in Irregular Order
Six: Explaining the Trigrams
Seven: The Sixty-Four Hexagrams, With Texts and Commentaries
List of Proper Nouns