Understanding the I Ching or Book of Changes — Workshop

Understanding the I Ching or Book of Changes — Workshop

A presentation by Laurence Browne

Saturday, October 8, 2022 9.30am - 4pm
Venue: St Mary’s Anglican Church Hall
455 Main St. Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169
Admission: Members & Concession: $40 • Non-members: $55

Please bring a plate for shared lunch.

It has been suggested that C. G. Jung’s single most famous work could well be his 1949 foreword to the Richard Wilhelm’s translation of the I Ching.1 Jung first came into contact with Wilhelm in the 1920s, and was profoundly impressed by his understanding of the subtleties of the Book of Changes. Indeed, it is more than likely that his theory of synchronicity was directly inspired by Wilhelm. According to Jung:

Anyone who, like myself, has had the rare good fortune to experience in a spiritual exchange with Wilhelm the divinatory power of the I Ching, cannot for long remain ignorant of the fact that we have touched here an Archimedean point from which our Western attitude of mind could be shaken to its foundations.2

In this workshop we will examine the history and structure of the I Ching, and also compare its oracular method with other forms of divination. The session will start with a presentation on the I Ching itself, as well as the part played by Wilhelm and Jung in regard to its reception in the West over the last century. Although the I Ching is not simply an oracle, that is how it most often viewed. An important part of the workshop, therefore, will be a particular focus on how best to consult the Book of Changes.

If you have a copy of the I Ching, in particular the Wilhelm translation, please bring it along, as well as three coins of the same denomination. The ideal size is around the ten cent coin – the twenty being a bit big and the five a bit small. There’s no need to bring Chinese coins with holes in them, though if you have a set, do bring it along!

Karcher, S. (1999). Jung, the Tao, and the Classic of Change, Journal of
Religion and Health, 38 (4), 287- 304, p. 296.
Wilhelm, R. & Jung, C. G. (1972). The secret of the golden flower: A Chinese
book of life. (R. Wilhelm & C. F. Baynes, Trans.). Routledge, p. 140.

Laurence Browne has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Queensland, where he is an Honorary Research Fellow within the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. He is the author of The Many Faces of Coincidence, published in 2017 by Imprint Academic, Exeter, U.K, as well as a number of journal articles, most recently: Coincidence in Chinese Fiction and Chinese-inspired Fiction, published in June 2022 in The Australian Journal of Parapsychology.