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OBJECTIVES of KING WEN I JING
as the strategy manual par excellence




MISSION:

Honouring the profound roles Huang Di (2688 B.C.) played in the development of the Yi Jing, this website is called "Yellow Emperor Yi Jing Page".

The intention is to discuss proactively research on the Yi Jing, especially on the enigmatic origins of Yi Jing and its strategies. The discussion will not deal with the elementary but useful knowledge already known about the Yi Jing, but would be aimed at deeper understanding.

One major aim would be the exciting practical applications of the Yi Jing for strategic management leadership. This is the original objective for which the Yi Jing was written: King Wen Yi Jing as the strategy manual par excellence.

It would be most delightful if readers could provide constructive discussions to share in unraveling further the secrets and benefits of the inner wisdom of the Yi Jing.




King Wen I Jing: strategy manual par excellence!

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ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS:

The Yi Jing, the world's oldest document, is regarded as the source of Chinese wisdom. But, its full secrets are ill-known: "... the abstruse work known as the "Canon of Change", the most venerated and least understood of the Chinese classics..." (Williams 1931, p.121-123).

Ever since the father of calculus, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz, discovered , in the seventeen century, that the binary code underlies the sequence of the 64 hexagrams of the Fu Hsi Yi Jing, scholars had tried in vain to elucidate a mathematical code for the sequence of the 64 hexagrams of the King Wen Yi Jing. Fu Hsi lived around and before 2950 B.C., while the later Yi Jing is that of the Chou dynasty (1126-256 B.C.).

The enigma deepens when one considers that there are other mysterious Yi Jings. Legge (1899 p.3) noted, "The earliest mention of the classic is found in the Official Book of the Kau [Chou] dynasty, where it is said that, among the duties of the 'Grand Diviner', 'he had charge of the rules of the three Yi [system of Changes] called the Lien-shan, the Kwei-shang and the Yi of Kau; that in each of them the regular [or primary] lineal figures were 8, which were multiplied, in each, till they amounted to 64.'"

Only the King Wen Yi Jing is well preserved. Its hexagrams received interpretations from King Wen, then his son Duke Chou and later Confucius himself and his followers penned their massive commentaries. But of the Fu Hsi Yi Jing, only the 64 hexagrams exist, and no one knows whether they have the same meanings as those of King Wen Yi Jing. It is only known that the Lien Shan Yi Jing begins with the hexagram Ken, for Keeping Still, while the Kuei Ts'ang Yi Jing begins with the hexagram Kun, for Receptive (Wilhelm 1951, lvii-lix); nobody knows what are the patterns of the rest of their hexagrams.


GOALS:

Many authors concentrate on the Yi Jing in terms of using coins or sticks to pick one of the 64 hexagrams for what is a divinatory use. However, one can go beyond that elementary divinatory level to a higher wisdom level, as implied by Wilhelm (1951, p.338): "Whatever goes beyond this indeed transcends all knowledge. When a man comprehends the divine and understand the transformations, he lifts his nature to the level of the miraculous."


STRATEGIES:

The Yi Jing should be studied in the context of a deep understanding of the ancient Chinese culture and history. It should also be studied in the light of strategic management leadership, for ultimately the Yi Jing conveys profound principles of strategic management leadership, the principal objective of this website.


PROGRAMS:

The main programs aim to report and discuss a number of radical discoveries from ongoing research:

  • Exciting practical applications of the Yi Jing for strategic management leadership.
  • The real author of the King Wen Yi Jing as Yellow Emperor Huang Di (circa 2688 B.C.).
  • Sequence of the 64 hexagrams of King Wen Yi Jing as based on four major seasonal festivals of the year.
  • A major document which sprang out from the King Wen Yi Jing is the famous military text of Sun Tzu's Art of War, whose authorship is now believed to date far before Sun Tzu himself to Huang Di himself. The way the 13 sections of Sun Tzu's Art of War unfold offers an objective way to crack the secrets of the hexagrams.
  • The research also provides a partial answer to what the Fu Hsi Yi Jing is all about.

References

Legge, James. 1899. The I Ching. Dover Publications, Inc. New York.
Wilhelm, Richard. 1951. The I Ching. Routledge & Kegan Paul. London and Henley.
Williams C.A.S. 1931. Outline of Chinese Symbolism. Custom College Press, Peiping, China.

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