Thursday, June 12, 2014

Long time no see, but the Garden of Changes project is underway


All my life I have loved Chinese culture, and particularly the Yi Jing (I Ching).

After many years of not reading Chinese and bewailing the decisions that ended up with me fluent in Russian and ignorant of Chinese I finally decided to undertake the study of Chinese. That was in 2000. Now my knowledge of Chinese is still weak as a kitten, but I don't have the sense to refrain, and I'm translating the Jiao Shi Yi Lin into English (typically translated as the Forest of Changes, my translation is known as the Garden of Changes).

The 4096 verses of the Garden expand from the 64 base texts of the Yi Jing. The work was written in the Han Dynasty, and is rich in historic and literary allusions.

I started work in earnest on the project in January of 2014.

As part of Yi Dao Morning Reading I receive a text from the Yi Lin every day. This I translate, on some days doing some additional verses.

The project will take years. I haven't not yet determined how many years it will be. I plan to publish it as a Kindle eBook when it is completed.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Yi Dao Reading for the Ten Days 27 Nov - 08-DEC-2012

Study Text from the Zhouyi 36:2 (Gua 36, Yao 2).

Lun Yu from 5:10

Gan Gong Li from 198

Da Zhuan 10




Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Zhouyi Dao Reading Texts for 21-Nov-2012



Decade 17-27-NOV-2012 Meng, Judgment

Morning and Evening Reading Texts for 21-NOV-2012

Da Zhuan 1:9:5
Kongzi, Lunyu 4:19, 20, 21
Li Ji Tan Gong Yi 171 - 174
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Yi Dao Daily Reading for 20-NOV-2012


Decade 17-27-NOV-2012 Meng, Judgment

Morning and Evening Reading Texts for 20-NOV-2012

Da Zhuan 1:9:4
Kongzi, Lunyu 4:16, 17, 18
Li Ji Tan Gong Yi 168 - 170
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Monday, November 19, 2012

New Format for Daily Readings

Yi Dao continues, the rhythm of readings and meditations flowing on through eternity. The texts intertwined over the figures are like the leather bindings. In time they are lost, and the bamboo slips that are the figures themselves are rearranged, but never wholly lost. We are, however changing the Order's publication of the Zhouyi lesson text for the day. That will now be issued daily in the Temple of the Singularity (in SL and/or RL), but there will be only one public text published every ten days.

The text for the first decade then is Meng, Judgment, drawn on Saturday last. That will also be the Gua I represent in the Order for the next cycle (and I haven't made up my mind quite how long a cycle will be. Could be ten days, could be 10 thousand years).That is the 'lot' of the Prelate, who at present is the only knowing member of the Order.  He plays the fool, for Meng is the youthful fool, similar to the one you see in Tarot decks, (only fatter, and in a robe). Now I am the only knowing member of the Order, but there are three people who have been presented Yi Dao circlets for various reasons. Each of them is entitled to the honors of the 64 Gua, the second tier of the Order's hierarchy. But they don't know that they are in the Order, and may never know. And, as far as I know, none of them have memorized the Gua, so they cannot occupy the ritual place of on of the 64 Gua. The remainder of the places in the Order are open, and eventually will be assigned. There is one other special set of Gua that is unusual. It is the Dragon and Phoenix Yao, the 'extra' Yao that are read when Qian becomes Kun or Kun Qian. I will speak more of this in future entries.

Decade 17-27-NOV-2012 Meng, Judgment

Commentary on the readings: 君子以非礼勿履。

Morning and Evening Reading Texts for 19-NOV-2012

Da Zhuan 1:9:3
Kongzi, Lunyu 4:13, 14, 15
Li Ji Tan Gong Yi 165 - 167

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Yi Dao Daily Meditation Study Texts for 18-NOV-2012


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The Yi Jing text to study for followers of Yi Dao from Morning Reading for 18-NOV-2012 is Hexagram 26, Judgment.
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The daily verses for Evening Reading are: Analects of Confucius Chapter 4, Verses 10, 11, 12.

Yi Jing  Xi Ci (Grand Treatise): 1:9:2.

Li Ji (The Book of Rites. Text citations are from James Legge's translation, numbering according to the Chinese Text Project).  Text for today is Tan Gong Yi 160 - .
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From the Prelate: A passage from last night's Evening Reading seems relevant our times. In a time of coming austerity it is best to learn, adapt, and thus to thrive.

"Zeng-zi said, 'Yan-zi may be said to have known well the rules of propriety;-he was humble and reverent! You Ruo said, 'Yan-zi wore the same (robe of) fox-fur for thirty years. (At the burial of his father), he had only one small carriage (with the offerings to be put into the grave); and he returned immediately from the grave (without showing the usual attentions to his guests). The ruler of a state has seven bundles of the offerings, and seven such small carriages for them, and a Great officer five. How can it be said that Yan-zi knew propriety?' Zeng-zi replied, 'When a state is not well governed, the superior man is ashamed to observe all ceremonies to the full. Where there is extravagance in the administration of the state, he shows an example of economy. If the administration be economical, he shows an example of (the strict) observance' of all rules.' "

Li Ji, Tan Gong Yi, 159.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Yi Dao Daily Meditation Study Texts for 17-NOV-2012


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The Yi Jing text to study for followers of Yi Dao from Morning Reading for 17-NOV-2012 is Hexagram 56, Line 3.
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The daily verses for Evening Reading are: Analects of Confucius Chapter 4, Verses 7, 8, 9.

Yi Jing  Xi Ci (Grand Treatise): 1:9:1.

Li Ji (The Book of Rites. Text citations are from James Legge's translation, numbering according to the Chinese Text Project).  Text for today is Tan Gong Yi 155 - 159.
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Yi Dao Events: Second day of Founding Day holidays (a protracted holiday that stretches right through the Monday after Thanksgiving. A holiday uncannily like the Feast of Maximum Occupancy in the Simpsons. But it's not that. Really.
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