For over three thousand years, the Chinese have placed great value on the I Ching–also called the “Classic of Changes” and the “Book of Changes”–turning to it for guidance and insight. The I Ching is based on the deep understanding that our lives go through definable patterns, which can be determined by “consulting the Oracle”–the book of I Ching. Throughout the centuries, I Ching devotees have used the book as a means of understanding past, present, and future events, as well as exercising control over some events. The book highlights hundreds of different possibilities we might face in daily life, both on a professional and on a personal level.
For over ten years, researcher Robert Benson worked towards making the English text of the I Ching easier to understand and use. The result is a book that focuses on the text’s essential meaning and is highly accessible to the modern Western reader. In addition, Benson provides an illuminating history of the I Ching, explaining how the text was created, discussing how it works, and exploring its many mysteries. Here is an I Ching that stands alone, providing a book of answers for anyone who faces a time of personal crisis and change.
Robert G. Benson is an systems specialist. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of California—Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in political science from San Diego State University. In addition, he earned a professional credential in information systems management from the University of California—San Diego. For over thirty years, Benson has studied the I Ching and other related divination systems, using his knowledge of history, political science, and cutting-edge information gathering and analysis. Mr. Benson currently lives in the San Diego area.
1. Methods–How to Use the I Ching
2. History–How the I Ching Came to Be
3. Theory–Understanding the I Ching
I Ching: The Hexagrams With Interpretive Text
Traditional Hexagram Lookup
Alternative Hexagram Lookup
Hexagrams in Number Order
Hexagrams in Line Order
How To Consult The I Ching Oracle