The Original Meaning of the Yijing

Commentary on the Scripture of Change

Zhu Xi. Translated and edited by Joseph A. Adler

Columbia University Press

The Original Meaning of the Yijing

Pub Date: November 2019

ISBN: 9780231191241

432 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $65.00£50.00

Pub Date: November 2019

ISBN: 9780231549301

432 Pages

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The Original Meaning of the Yijing

Commentary on the Scripture of Change

Zhu Xi. Translated and edited by Joseph A. Adler

Columbia University Press

The Yijing (I Ching), or Scripture of Change, is traditionally considered the first and most profound of the Chinese classics. Originally a divination manual based on trigrams and hexagrams, by the beginning of the first millennium it had acquired written explanations and a series of appendices attributed to Confucius, which transformed it into a work of wisdom literature as well as divination. Over the centuries, hundreds of commentaries were written on it, but for the past thousand years, one of the most influential has been that of Zhu Xi (1130–1200), who synthesized the major interpretive approaches to the text and integrated it into his system of moral self-cultivation.

Joseph A. Adler’s translation of the Yijing includes for the first time in any Western language Zhu Xi’s commentary in full. Adler explores Zhu Xi’s interpretation of the text and situates it in the context of his overall theoretical system. Zhu Xi held that the Yijing was fundamentally composed for the purpose of divination by the mythic sage Fuxi, who intended to create a system to aid decision making. The text’s meaning, therefore, could not be captured by a single commentator; it would emerge for each person through the process of divination. This translation makes available to the English-language audience a crucial text in the history of Chinese religion and philosophy, with an introduction and translator’s notes that explain its intellectual and historical context.
A welcome addition to the text and history of the Yijing. Peter K. Bol, Harvard University
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The “Original Meaning” of the Zhou Changes (Zhouyi benyi 周易本義)
Zhouyi benyi 周易本義
1. Part A: Hexagrams 1–30
2. Part B: Hexagrams 31–64
3. Treatise on the Appended Remarks (Xici zhuan 繫辭傳)
4. Treatise Discussing the Trigrams (Shuogua zhuan 說卦傳)
5. Commentary on Assorted Hexagrams (Zagua zhuan 雜卦傳)
Appendix: Divination Ritual (Shiyi 筮儀)
Notes
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Joseph A. Adler is Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies and Religious Studies at Kenyon College. His books include Reconstructing the Confucian Dao: Zhu Xi's Appropriation of Zhou Dunyi (SUNY, 2014); Chinese Religious Traditions (Prentice-Hall, 2002); and a translation of Introduction to the Study of the Classic of Change, by Chu Hsi (Global Scholarly Publications, 2002).