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By Wei Wu Wei

These thirty-four robust essays, in accordance with Taoist and Buddhist idea, represent a consultant to what the writer calls “non-volitional living”—the historic realizing that our efforts to know our real nature are futile. Wei Wu Wei explains those venerable religious traditions within the context of recent event, utilizing wit and substantial precision to show their profound perception into the very nature of life. This crucial Zen Buddhist vintage, reissued after many years of unavailability, completes the gathering of 8 volumes through the masterful, elusive Wei Wu Wei

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2 The dragon is seen in the fields . . 3 A gentleman works hard all day ... 4 The dragon is sometimes leaping in the pool ... 5 The dragon is flying in the sky ... 6 The dragon is stranded in the shallows ... (I HEAVEN) The dragon is a symbol of power; strength, and creativity. It takes careful nurturing to bring it to full power: Eventually, however; the power wanes, for nothing is forever; and all things run their cycle, only to begin anew. It is probably by design that the theme so clearly I CHING AS PHILOSOPHY 36 I CHING brought out in HEAVEN is all but unrecognizable in EARTH, of pure Yin.

And thus the original face of the I Ching laid buried for two millennia, until resurrected by modern scholarship and fresh points of view made possible by the passing of the Confucian state. THE LEGAO OF CONFUOUS 29 There was the true Confucius, grand synthesizer of a Utopian past, who held Natural Order in reverence, valued self-cultivation, and approached the world with humane pragmatism. His values were the distillations of the best of ancient traditions, which still shine through the essential I Ching, when stripped of all the encrustations of bureaucratic prose.

63 FULFILLMENT) Top right: End view Bottom right: Front view Left: Back view An interesting bone fragment from his archive is shown above. The bone was from the shoulder blade of an ox. In the top view, you can see inscriptions made on the bone edge, which read: 1-8. Lady jing delivered three pairs. Yue lOOTS Of THE I CHING 49 This is the procurement record. * From other oracle bones, Lady Jing can be identified as a wife of King Wu Ding. She had a fiefdom of her own and often led armies into battle.

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