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Thread: The Book of Changes Is a Book of Divination, Not Philosophy

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradford View Post
    He is said by some to have said 50 years with the Yi would have helped him avoid errors.
    But this statement is widely disputed - most say 50 years of study would have ...
    Good distinction; not that one would necessarily learn any more or less from one or the other. Study can blind someone to experiencing, while use can teach through experiencing. Obviously this isn't always the case, though.

    The good thing about dividing 100 years into two lifetimes is that you get to view the Yi through different filters and lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce_g View Post
    Good distinction; not that one would necessarily learn any more or less from one or the other. Study can blind someone to experiencing, while use can teach through experiencing. Obviously this isn't always the case, though.
    What I meant to say is there are two different versions of the Chinese text and the one that refers to Confuse-us studying the Yijing is widely regarded as a corrupted version. The story of his wearing out the bindings of his copy of the Yi is similarly disputed. At the least Confuse-us is known to have held a low opinion of divination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradford View Post
    What I meant to say is there are two different versions of the Chinese text and the one that refers to Confuse-us studying the Yijing is widely regarded as a corrupted version. The story of his wearing out the bindings of his copy of the Yi is similarly disputed. At the least Confuse-us is known to have held a low opinion of divination.
    Interesting. Didn't know he didn't advocate divination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce_g View Post
    Interesting. Didn't know he didn't advocate divination.
    You will almost never hear that reading Yijing books. But books on the broader subjects of Chinese philosophy (and especially Confusion-ism) are quick to make that point clear.

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