Rituals and Changes

Just under a week ago, I arrived back in China for a short visit, to attend the Second Wuxi Yijing World Summit Forum (第二届世界易经高峰论坛) in Wuxi city, a large annual gathering for enthusiasts of the Book of Changes or Yijing (I Ching). After a few months away from China, it is good to be back. And it has been an extremely stimulating few days spent in the company of an eclectic mix of scholars, devotees, diviners, financial speculators, geomancers, Buddhists, …

New Books in East Asian Studies

I’ve not had a chance to post much recently as I’ve been a bit geographically dispersed — somewhere between the UK, China and Australia. After a couple of weeks, things should settle down again, and I’ll be back to the UK as my main base. But until then, I thought I’d post this long and very generous-spirited interview on my Yijing-based book Sixty-Four Chance Pieces, thanks to Carla Nappi at the wonderful New Books in East Asian Studies podcast. It’s …

The Wee Jing

As I’m interested in posting snippets of Yijing (I Ching)-based arcana, I thought it worth sharing this photograph taken in the men’s room of a nearby café here in Chengdu. Just above the urinal was a quote from the Yijing, which read as follows: 君子藏器於身,待時而動 The quote (which I’ve given above in traditional characters, although the sign was in simplified form) comes from the Commentary on the Attached Phrases or the Xici Zhuan 繫辭傳. The text means something like, ‘The …