Yijing Website

Richard J. Smith
George and Nancy Rupp Professor of Humanities and Professor of History

Under construction, contents updated 6-19-14

Glossaries for Fathoming the Cosmos and Ordering the World: The Yijing (I-Ching, or Classic of Changes) and Its Evolution in China 
        A.   Names (People, Places, etc.)         
        B.   Titles (Books, Chapters, etc.)  
        C.   Terms and Expressions  
         D.   Hexagram Glossary (Alphabetical)          
        E.    Hexagram Glossary (Received Text Order )      
        F.   Mawangdui Hexagram Glossary (Alphabetical)  

II. Some Yijing-related writings
        A.   "Translations of Hexagram Names"  
        B.   "Jesuit Interpretations of the Yijing"  
        C.  "Meditation, Divination and Dream Interpretation"      
        D.  "The Changes as a Mirror of the Mind" 
        E.  " The Yijing (Classic of Changes) in Global Perspective: Some Reflections" 
        F.  "Key Concepts of Fate and Prediction in the Yijing"

III. Some Yijing-related photographs (Coming soon)
        A. Chinese texts and images
        B. Transnational texts and images


The I Ching

Quoted from the Princeton University Press web site:

The I Ching originated in China as a divination manual more than three thousand years ago. In 136 BCE the emperor declared it a Confucian classic, and in the centuries that followed, this work had a profound influence on the philosophy, religion, art, literature, politics, science, technology, and medicine of various cultures throughout East Asia. Jesuit missionaries brought knowledge of the I Ching to Europe in the seventeenth century, and the American counterculture embraced it in the 1960s. Here Richard Smith tells the extraordinary story of how this cryptic and once obscure book became one of the most widely read and extensively analyzed texts in all of world literature. 

In this concise history, Smith traces the evolution of the I Ching in China and throughout the world, explaining its complex structure, its manifold uses in different cultures, and its enduring appeal. He shows how the indigenous beliefs and customs of Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Tibet "domesticated" the text, and he reflects on whether this Chinese classic can be compared to religious books such as the Bible or the Qur'an. Smith also looks at how the I Ching came to be published in dozens of languages, providing insight and inspiration to millions worldwide -- including ardent admirers in the West such as Leibniz, Carl Jung, Philip K. Dick, Allen Ginsberg, Hermann Hesse, Bob Dylan, Jorge Luis Borges, and I.M. Pei. Smith offers an unparalleled biography of the most revered book in China's entire cultural tradition, and he shows us how this enigmatic ancient classic has become a truly global phenomenon.




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To order a copy of this book go to http://www.upress.virginia.edu/books/smith.HTM

Quoted from this site:

Fathoming the Cosmos and Ordering the World is the first full-length study in any Western language of the development of the Yijing in China from earliest times to the present. Drawing on the most recent scholarship in both Asian and Western languages, Richard J. Smith offers a fresh perspective on virtually every aspect of Yijing theory and practice for some three thousand years. Smith introduces the reader to the major works, debates, and schools of interpretation surrounding this ancient text, and he shows not only how the Classic of Changes was used in China as a book of divination but also how it served as a source of philosophical, psychological, literary, and artistic inspiration.

Among its major contributions, this study reveals with many vivid examples the richness, diversity, vitality, and complexity of traditional Chinese thought. In the process, it deconstructs a number of time-honored interpretive binaries that have adversely affected our understanding of the Yijing--most notably the sharp distinction between the "school of images and numbers" (xiangshu) and the "school of meanings and principles" (yili). The book also demonstrates that, contrary to prevailing opinion among Western scholars, the rise of "evidential research" (kaozheng xue) in late imperial China did not necessarily mean the decline of Chinese cosmology. Smith’s study reveals a far more nuanced intellectual outlook on the part of even the most dedicated kaozheng scholars, as well as the remarkable persistence of Chinese "correlative" thinking to this very day. Finally, by exploring the fascinating modern history of the Yijing, Fathoming the Cosmos and Ordering the World attests to the tenacity, flexibility, and continuing relevance of this most remarkable Chinese classic.

Richard J. Smith
is George and Nancy Rupp Professor of Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University. He is author, coauthor, or coeditor of a dozen scholarly books, including China’s Cultural Heritage: The Qing Dynasty, 1644-1912 and Cosmology, Ontology, and Human Efficacy: Essays in Chinese Thought.




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