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Lectures on the I Ching

Lectures on the I Ching: Constancy and Change

Translated from the German by Irene Eber
Copyright Date: 1979
Pages: 212
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    Lectures on the I Ching
    Book Description:

    Wilhelm frequently wrote and lectured on the Book of Changes, supplying guidelines to its ideas and ways of thinking. Collected here are four lectures he gave between 1926 and 1929. The lectures are significant not only for what they reveal about Chinese tradition and culture, but also for their reflections of the scholarly and cultural milieu prevalent in Germany during that time.

    Originally published in 1987.

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    eISBN: 978-1-4008-5748-7
    Subjects: Psychology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Translator’s Preface
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. ix-2)
    Irene Eber

    China and the Chinese have fascinated Westerners for several centuries past, and materials about the country and its people appeared in Europe in increasing quantities from the seventeenth century on. There were travel books, such asNovus Atlas Sinensis de Martino Martini, published in 1655, or more serious attempts, such as Athanasius Kircher’sChina MonumentisIllustrataof 1670. Although the latter seems more a pictorial encyclopedia, it had wide currency among literate Europeans, and was soon translated into other languages. Histories of China appeared that were mainly inspired by reports from Jesuit missionaries in Peking. Two such histories were...

  5. Opposition and Fellowship
    (pp. 3-42)

    If we want to understand theBook of Changesand its philosophy, we must begin with the fact that it was originally a book of oracles that answered “yes” or “no” to certain questions. An unbroken line denoted the “yes” answer, a broken line the “no” answer. But at a very early date Chinese thinking went beyond the mere oracle, and in the course of time developed this very simple method into a method of comprehending the world. While in Europe pure Being is taken as fundamental, the decisive factor in Chinese thought is the recognition of change as the...

  6. The Spirit of Art According to the Book of Changes
    (pp. 43-84)

    A number of hexagrams in theBook of Changesexplain the spirit of art. I would like to reflect upon art from three points of view. Today, during our first evening, I want to discuss art of the imagination, under which I understand poetry and the plastic arts; tomorrow, the art of sensations, the Arousing in man’s psyche and how it is fashioned; finally, the day after tomorrow, outwardly manifested art: the art of conduct, the art of fashioning life forms, and their results.

    The hexagram Pi, Grace (Book of Changes, no. 22), ䷕, stands for imaginative art, or song...

  7. Constancy in Change
    (pp. 85-134)

    We live today in a critical era. Humankind has experienced much; and I might say that my life, as well as life generally, appears to be suffused with difficulties. Although we should acknowledge this fact, we should not become discouraged. If, indeed, we stand today at the crossroads of two eras, and a number of signs seem to bear this out, it must also be true that times of hardship are inevitable. For mankind can only find the ability to work together, and fashion a new time, when it has reached into the greatest depth and there found contact with...

  8. Death and Renewal
    (pp. 135-166)

    According to the Chinese concept of the world, all phenomenal existence is conditioned by two polar contrasts, the contrasts of light and dark, the positive and negative, or vang and vin. In the metaphysical realm, the contrast appears as life and death. It is not mere chance that one of the oldest Chinese documents tells that the happiness promised to man is finding a death that will crown life—hisdeath. And the greatest unhappiness that threatens man is a premature death; a death that tears life, instead of completing it. It is obvious, therefore, that precisely this dark aspect...

  9. Notes
    (pp. 167-176)
  10. Index
    (pp. 177-186)
  11. Back Matter
    (pp. 187-187)