Coffee and Divination

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I’m back in China for a brief visit, to attend the Third World Yijing Summit Forum in the city of Wuxi. It is the second time I have attended the forum. The last one was a curious affair, a melange of scholars, geomancers, diviners, financial speculators, religious practitioners and (for some reason) flamenco singers and dancers. This time, I’m hoping …

More on those four great mysteries…

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When I was in Suzhou a few weeks ago, I gave a talk about my Sixty-Four Chance Pieces at the wonderful Bookworm bookshop, called ‘Four Great Mysteries’ (see the blog post here). In preparation for the talk, I scrawled the following notes, and although the talk itself diverged occasionally wildly from what I’ve written here (the wine helped, as did the fun of …

A. C. Graham on the Uses of Divination

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I thought that this was worth sharing. It comes from A.C. Graham’s [amazon text=Disputers of the Tao&asin=0812690885], and is about the creative potential of divination techniques such as the Yijing, even if we accept (as I do) that the divinatory process is simply an exercise in playing with randomness.   An openness to chance influences loosing thought from preconceptions is indispensable to …