Complete I Ching Hardcover – Dec 31 1990
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Huang's definitive translation provides Western audiences with deeper insight into the I Ching. . . . Any reader interested in Eastern philosophy definitely will appreciate this book. -- New Age Retailer, Mar/Apr 99
The publisher's decision to call this 'the definitive translation' might at first seem presumptuous, given the fact that generations of readers have come to venerate the Wilhelm, Legge, and Blofeld versions. However, a careful comparison of Huang's translation with these prior classics reveals it superiority in nearly every respect. Readers interested in acquainting themselves with the I Ching for the first time need to look no further; those who have formed a deep personal attachment to a previous translation owe it to themselves to explore this one as well. -- Intuition, Dec 1998
What is constant through the translation is both a sense of tradition and an appreciation of modernity. . . . Throughout is a philosophical calmness, a sense of the intellectual mingling with the spirit of things. Most importantly, Huang makes this a useful Ching, more useful for the current temperament than older, more self conscious translations. -- The Book Reader, Spring/Summer 1999
About the Author
A professor of Taoist philosophy and former Dean of Students at Shanghai University, Master Alfred Huang is a third-generation master of Tai Chi, Chi Kung, and Oriental meditation, wtih over 50 years of experince. He is the founder of New Harmony, a non-profit organization devoted to teaching self-healing, and is the author of Complete Tai Chi. He lives on the island of Maui.
Top Customer Reviews
Previously, these other translations have relied upon a Western perspective and understanding, leaving something important behind... the cultural wisdom behind the I Ching. Even the best translations available prior to that of Master Huang (those by Wilhelm, Legge and Blofeld) have failed to fully relate the cultural wisdom inherent in the I Ching. They've come close, but close isn't close enough. These translations lack the open-endedness of the Chinese I Ching that lead to its multiple interpretations and are inherent in the Chinese writings of antiquity. To gain an understanding from a Chinese perspective requires an understanding that only someone living within the culture and fluent in the language, with many years of practical experience (and training), has to offer. Enter Huang.
To truly experience a culture, and its wisdom, one must experience it first hand. Raised in China and spending a good many years of his life working with the I Ching, Master Huang has gained an understanding of the I Ching that most of us could only hope to experience. He has taken on the monumental task of translating this amazing book into English, with the cultural wisdom, open-endedness and fluidity of the original I Ching, and succeeded.
This is, bar-none, the best English translation of the I Ching published to date, and the only version you'll ever need (unless you enjoy collecting books). I cannot recommend it enough!
To quote Master Huang, "Many Westerners know the I Ching, but they do not know the Tao of I". I means change; this book is about Changes, a master template to understand change and our place in it. There is no other I Ching I've read which so clearly expounds the Tao of I, the central yet difficult to discern theme of the I Ching. Many versions are limited to defining the meaning of each Hexagram in isolation, or dwell at length on the Yao (Line) texts, neglecting a thorough treatment of the situation expounded by the complete hexagram. Master Huang's Complete I Ching presents the text as a coherent, interrelated whole. The names of the hexagrams are carefully chosen to reflect this connection. The moving lines present the hexagram that will appear after the line changes from yin to yang or viceversa, making it easy to see what the progression of the situation will be. The text presents lots of additional reference information for each hexagram, useful for intermediate to advanced students. The Author also presents fascinating interpretations of the hexagrams based on references to the historical period when the I Ching is said to have been written. All this, compounded with a lucid, terse prose, make this book fascinating and easy to read (so you can keep going back to it time and again).Read more ›
If you are new to the I Ching and getting your feet wet but want books of substance and endurance then The Complete I Ching is an excellent place to start and truthfully it will be the ONLY translation that you will need. I also recommend that you purchase Stephen Karcher's How to Use the I Ching and Sarah Denning's The Everyday I Ching. All three are a tour de force in your understanding and application of the I Ching's wisdom. If you really want your money's worth - get Karcher's I Ching kit since it has his book, yarrow stalks and coins.
If you wish to have one more resource, then I recommend R. L. Wing's I Ching Workbook as a means of understanding and visually seeing the patterns that affect your life.
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The work is an "eastern" balance to previous "western" interpretations.Published 6 months ago by David Yowney
As a Chinese and English bilingual, I strongly recommend this translation because I can see why Alfred Huang uses every word. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2010 by Steve Yellowstone
Expertly translated by Alfred Huang, a third-generation master of Wu style Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, and Oriental meditation, The Complete I Ching is the ancient Eastern... Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by Midwest Book Review
Alfred Huang's modern American prose and poetry translation of the I Ching is "the best" translation I've read. Read morePublished on July 13 2001 by Dr. Ervin Nieves
While this may be an accurate translation of the I Ching, it doesn't make using the I Ching any easier because it is lacking in clarity and directness. Read morePublished on July 12 2001
This book is not for those who seek a mere (and instant) answer for every divination and then continues with life. This is a handbook for spiritual development. Read morePublished on July 5 2000 by taihiong
The insight of the I Ching has been a companion guide in my life for two decades, my well-read, well-marked, well-worn, well-loved Wilhelm translation and my books of journal... Read morePublished on June 8 2000
Because of his thorough understanding of the principles behind the words of the text of the I Ching, Master Huang makes the process of getting acquainted with the theory of changes... Read morePublished on Nov. 9 1999
As an I-Ching author myself (Oracle of Changes I-Ching 1997), I have an exhaustive library of I-Ching books. Read morePublished on June 16 1999 by Paulo
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