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The term I-Ching is taken from the ancient Chinese "Book of Changes" and it is a form of divinatory practice involving 64 hexagrams (patterns of 6 broken and unbroken lines), which areused in a divinatory way by the throwing of yarrow stalks or coins. This manual will be showingyou how to do this form of divination with a mala (Also known as
.Begin by sitting quietly. Close your eyes and take nice slow deliberate deep breaths in and out.Notate the rising and falling of your navel. Let your mind become quiet. Begin one japa (1round of 108 beads), chanting in your mind. Any mantra is sufficient whether it be
OM MANI PADME HUM, NAMO AMITUO
’FO, NAM MYO HO RENGYE KYO, NAMU AMIDA BUTSU,
NAMO TASSA BHAGAVATO ARAHANTO SAMMA SAMBUDDHASA
.Let the mala then rest in your lap. You then hold the mala in your lap, and with each hand graspa bead at random. If your hands are relatively close when you grasp the mala (figure 1-1), Byfingering the beads moving both hands at once towards the mid-point, counting off in ones(Symbolizing the Buddha). If your hands end up far apart when grasping the mala, then youcount off in threes (symbolizing the Triple Gem of the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha).You continue moving the hands toward each other, until one, or two beads remain. You do this atotal of 6 times.Figure 1-1The I Ching is made up if Triagrams and Hexagrams. Each set of three lines is called a
„triagram, and 2 triagrams (6 lines) one on top of t
he other make a hexagram. Thus, a triagram ora hexagram contains broken or unbroken lines. If you end with only 1 bead left, this is a solidline for the triagram. If you have 2 beads left, this is a broken line.
say the first threetimes you grasped and counted the mala, you end up with 1 bead, and then 2 beads, and then 1bead. This is interpreted as a solid line, and then a broken line, and then a solid line. Thetriagram is . You would then look at the chart on page 3 and find that triagram on the leftside (going vertical) of the graph.Repeat the process 3 more times for your second triagram.
say you ended up with 2 beads,and then 2 beads, and then 1 bead that translate as 2 broken lines and 1 solid line. The triagramlooks like . You would then find that triagram on the top horizontal line.