The Buddhist I Ching
The I Ching, "Book of Change, " is considered the oldest of the Chinese classics, and has throughout history commanded unsurpassed prestige and ... Show synopsis The I Ching, "Book of Change, " is considered the oldest of the Chinese classics, and has throughout history commanded unsurpassed prestige and popularity. Containing several layers of text and given numerous levels of interpretation, it has captured continuous attention for well over two thousand years. It has been considered a book of fundamental principles by philosophers, politicians, mystics, alchemists, yogins, diviners, sorcerers, and more recently by scientists and mathematicians. The present work is the only full-length interpretation of the I Ching by a Chinese Buddhist meditation master. Chih-hsu Ou-i offers three levels of interpretation: social, Buddhist, and meditational. The first part (hexagrams 1-30) deals with awakening to one's true qualities through Buddhist enlightenment. The second part (31-64) deals with cultivating human qualities by understanding the relationships inherent in situations and acting or desisting appropriately. The author intended his reading to lead from understanding of society to understanding of spiritual practices, and vice versa.