I have been using and working with the I Ching since I was 21 years old and The Living I Ching: Using Ancient Chinese Wisdom to Shape Your Life by Deng Ming-Dao is a game changer in providing an easy to comprehend path to understanding and integrating the wisdom of the I Ching into your daily life.
While known mostly as a tool of divination, the I Ching is truly a repository of centuries of wisdom. Most of the existing translations offer either dense, scholarly commentary or little more than fortune-cookie platitudes, but The Living I Ching takes a more holistic approach.
This translation recovers the true wisdom and philosophy of this ancient classic, so that the I Ching becomes more than just a book of fortune-telling—it becomes a manual for living.
In ebook format it is always available to me via Kindle on my android phone. It is also used by all of my students and all of my Ask Richard! clients.
By tossing coins, rolling dice, using a computer, or, more traditionally, counting yarrow stalks, one can create a seemingly random combination of heads and tails, odd and even, yin and yang, to construct six lines (for example, solid for odd numbers and broken for even numbers). These six lines make up a hexagram that provides advice, predictions, and answers to questions on topics from love and career to family and finance.
Archetypal observations of the human dilemma were made that long ago, and they became part of the Chinese and Taoist outlook. While there have been many variations in the ensuing centuries, the core observations of rise and fall, fortune and misfortune, and life and death remain valid. They are worthy of study because all of us living today are limited by our age and our uncertainty of the future. Studying books like the I Ching reveals the patterns of history and gives us the chance to live with greater insight.
The Living I Ching: Using Ancient Chinese Wisdom to Shape Your Life by Deng Ming-Dao is available at amazon.com.