Philosophy and life
Dr. Alfred Tse Sai Kit
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and HKUSpace
Many people talk about Zhouyi (周易) respect and get at a distance. Without much understanding, one might think it is fung shui technique, and or esoteric metaphysic. If acquainted with some knowledge divination, you will still think that it is difficult to understand, and a subject considered beyond common study. These views are undoubtedly misunderstandings of I Ching, stemming from a lack of understanding and failure to integrate.
It is true that many people have studied I Ching or Yijing (Book of Changes) as fortune telling of only fate, unfortunately a pity! As everyone knows, the divination is only the original form of Zhouyi (周易), not its essence. In fact, only after research and editing by Confucius and his disciples, “Book of Changes” has become a profound knowledge that combines philosophy and life. It not only reveals the laws of changes things, but also masters the success and failure within the development. Chuang Tze (荀子) propounded that one would rejects divination if knowledgeable of the I Ching, it is precisely for people who are enlightened at Zhouyi (周易). This kind of unified cosmology and wisdom of life is called “the study of Confucius Scholar.”
I Ching is the “prime of al classics”, and it is the heavenly book that guides life. If we regard sixty-four hexagrams as sixty-four kinds of life scenarios, each one is to reveal the truth and failure of each scene. For example, “Youthful Folly” is to reveal the way of education; “Family” is to reveal the way to rule the family; “Approach” reveals the wisdom of the way of governance, which always allows us to grasp the fate. In the face of difficulties and doubts, the philosophy of “Book of Changes” provide philosophical guidance to adverting solutions. Whether you like it or not, you will always experience these scenes in your life, and you will attain and capable to transform your life in matters of gain and loss.
Throughout the ages, philosophic wisdoms give guidance to solve the problems of worries and sorrow. This kind of spirit and form is the essence of modern “philosophical consultation”. It is widely used to enhance the practice of the body, mind and soul. In fact, the root cause of most life obstacles is not “pathological” or “illness”, it is rather value belief, in question, it is the mode of thinking. As long as we examine and reflect, introspect, and reshape our outlooks on life and its values, many life issues can be solved. It is exactly wisdoms provided by Zhouyi (周易); amongst Chinese philosophy that is most appropriate for “philosophical consultation.”
Having met Lissa Lam coincidentally, appreciate her wish to help others, and feel deeply touched by the concept of “易圖思mInd CHangING“. I then agreed to write sixty-four hexagrams philosophical explanation in modern Chinese as per request in hopes to help people relieve their miseries and possibly enlighten. Although the text is short, it must be in the original meaning and virtue, but also in the taste of the public reading. The writing process also teaches people to think. It is hoped that the publication of “易圖思mInd CHangING” as meaningful in the future will enable some people to meditate in the process of coloring, to find interesting things in the journey of reading the painter, and to be inspired in understanding each life’s sentiment. So, I wishfulfilled!
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