Seeking the Spirit of The Book of Change
8 Days to Mastering a Shamanic Yijing (I Ching) Prediction System
By Zhongxian Wu
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Singing Dragon
The Yijing (I Ching) or "Book of Change" is one of the oldest of the Chinese classic texts and has held a key place in the Daoist tradition for thousands of years. Explaining the ancient Yijing system of prediction based on the Xiang (symbolism) and Shu (numerology) knowledge of Bagua (the eight basic trigrams), which have not previously been written about outside China, this book makes the Yijing accessible to the Western world in a new and fuller way. In the space of just eight days, Master Zhongxian Wu leads the reader towards a deep understanding of the Eight Trigrams of the Yijing and how to apply this knowledge in practical ways in daily life. Master Wu explores the numerology and symbolism of Yijing and clearly explains how the reader can use the Yijing divination system for themselves. This remarkable book provides a user-friendly eight day program that will be a fascinating read for anyone with an interest in learning more about the Yijing or Chinese philosophy and culture as a whole, as well as those who wish to learn how to use the Yijing for practical purposes.
'... this fascinating book introduces a completely different style of working with the Yijing than I have ever encountered before... One of the things I particularly like about this book is the easy-going style of the writing, as if we were sitting down together over a nice cup of Chinese tea.'- The Empty Vessel'You hold in your hands one of the finest interpretations of the I Ching on the planet. Master Wu artfully presents a clear and insightful interpretation of ageless wisdom for seekers of consciousness in these troubled times. I highly suggest brewing a cup of hot water, infusing it with your favourite blend of tea and curling up with this book.'- Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D., author of Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water'Written by a long-time contributor to The Empty Vessel, this fascinating book introduces a completely different style of working with the Yijing than I have ever encountered before, The reader is taken on a journey of 8 days to learn these secrets and how to use them for self reflection and guidance. This book is profusely illustrated with photos, diagrams and Master Wu's qigong calligraphy. It also contains a taji qigong form, photo-illustrated.'- Journal of Daoist Philosophy and Practice'You hold in your hands one of the finest interpretations of the I CHING on the planet. Master Wu artfully presents a clear and insightful interpretation of ageless wisdom for seekers of consciousness in these troubled times. I highly suggest brewing a cup of hot water, infusing it with your favorite blend of tea and curling up with this book.'- Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D.'At first glance, this remarkable book may appear to be a straightforward guide to the symbolism and interpretation of the Eight Trigrams (bagua) of the Chinese classic known as the Book of Changes. In outline, it follows the pattern eight-day course, illustrated with case histories along the way. With its carefully ordered structure, attention to detail, and diligence in referring to sources, it has all the hallmarks of a book written by a master of the subject. But this is no mere scholarly tome; its author Master Wu addresses the reader directly, offering tea, then describing the physical and mental exercises which need to be done before approaching the next section, and often inviting his personal guest, the reader, to join him for a meal or a walk through the woods at the close of a course of study. This is a fascinating and engrossing way to tackle one of the most enigmatic texts of world literature.'- School of Feng Shui'Master Wu's book is really an invitation to spend a week with a practicing Taoist, and as such it is a unique and refreshing addition to the literature of the Yijing. He presents a traditional method of divination that relies on a balance of philosophy and intuition, on numerology and wordless awareness. Master Wu invites us into his tea room, introduces us to the culture of tea and the practice of qigong. His goal is admirable. Let's not be mere students of the Yijing but find that state of mind and unity with the Tao from which the Yijing was first produced.'- Kenneth Cohen, author of The Way of Qigong and Taoism: Essential Teachings'In past decades, countless new attempts have been made to delve into the mystery and wisdom of the I Ching, from the most astute to the inane variations. It is a special treat to read this new perspective of Master Wu's entry into this ancient classic through the Shamanic Prediction Systems. Master Wu has made this often indecipherable exotic way accessible; and it is especially delightful that he is inviting the reader into this process by sharing a cup of good tea while along the way, introducing the Tao of Tea. I highly recommend this book as another worthy supplement to all lifelong students of the I Ching.'- Chungliang Al Huang, Founder of the Living Tao Foundation, Director of the International Lan Ting Institute'Wu Zhongxian combines a deep knowledge of ancient Chinese traditions, a keen awareness of the needs of his Western audience, and a unique ability to communicate between the two. Such a combination is rare in a world of specialists and dilettantes, and his latest effort couldnt come at a more opportune time. There is always room for one more in his Celestial Tea House. I hope to see you there.'- Bill Porter, Red Pine'Wu, a longtime student of Chinese culture and religion, has created a densely illustrated and rather technical yet accessible introduction to the Yijing (I Ching) for the general reader; his system purports to get the beginner started in eight days. While its level of detail may be overwhelming for the true novice, his guide should prove useful to many.'- Library Journal
Master Zhongxian Wu has devoted himself to the study of Qigong, martial arts, Chinese medicine, Yijing science, Chinese calligraphy, and ancient chinese music for over 30 years. He was Director of the Shaanxi Province Association for Somatic Science and the Shaanxi Association for the Research of Daoist Nourishing Life Practices, and has written six books and numerous articles on the philosophical and historical foundations of China's ancient life sciences. He is the author of Vital Breath of the Dao, also published by Singing Dragon.
Acknowledgements. Foreword by Daniel Reid. Introduction: Yijing Prediction and Wu (Shamanism). I. About the Title of Yijing. II. Wu: Chinese Shamanism. III. Wu and Chinese Culture. IV. The Secret of Yijing. V. The Spirit of Yijing. 1. Dao: The Way of Yi and Tea. 1.1 The Celestial Tea House. 1.2 Tea Ceremony. 1.3 The Secret of the Universe. 1.4 Tea and the Dao. 1.5. Gua (Trigram or Hexagram). 1.6 Taiji Qigong Qian (Heaven). 2. Yi: The Changes and Myths. 2.1 A Story of Creation and Gua (Trigram). 2.2 Tea and Yi (Divination). 2.3 Fuxi: The First Chinese Shaman King. 2.4 Bagua: The Eight Trigrams Arrangements. 2.5 Taiji Qigong Dui. (Lake) 3. Shu: Numerology. 3.1 Shu Dao: The Way of the Numbers. 3.2 He tu and Luoshu: The Patterns of the Universe. 3.3 Tiandi Shengcheng Shu: Heaven and Earth Creating and Completing Numbers. 3.4 The Relationships Among Numerology, Yin-Yang and Five Elements. 3.5 Xiantian Bagua Shu: Prenatal Eight Trigrams Numbers.3.6 Taiji Qigong Li (Fire). 4. Xiang: Symbolism. 4.1 Xiang Symbolism. 4.2 Guaxiang: The Symbolic Meaning of the Bagua. 4.3. Taiji Qijong Zhen (Thunder). 5. Zhan: The Divination. 5.1 Qi Gua: Make a Trigram with a Number. 5.2 Jie Gua: Decode the Trigram. 5.3 Eight Trigrams and Five Elements. 5.4 Taiji Qigong Xun (Wind). 6. Li: Case Analyses. 6.1 Pork Stew. 6.2 Burning Incense and Heart. 6.3. The Magical Mirror. 6.4 Move, Travel, and Hire. 6.5 The Home of Your Soul. 6.6 Yaiji Qigong Kan (Water). 7. Chuan: The Hidden Immortal Lineage. 7.1 A Brief Introduction to the Chinese Immortal Cultivation Lineage. 7.2 The Chanting Ceremony. 7.3 Mayi Daozhe: The Declarer of the Original Yijing. 7.4 Xiyi Xiansheng: The First Promoter of Taiji. 7.5 Yang Yongi: A Modern Hermit. 7.6 Taiji Qigong Gen (Mountain) 8. Yao: The Essence of Prediction. 8.1. Xing: Model. 8.2. Wuxing: Predicting without a Model. 8.3 Xinfa: Heart Method. 8.4 Gantong: Inherent Prediction. 8.5 Taiji Qigong Kun (Earth). Afterword: Life is the Treasure. Appendix: A Miracle Story of Inner Cultivation. Glossary. Index.
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