Taiji symbol

The Tàijí symbol shows how Yin and Yang blend into each other: when Yang reaches its greatest abundance it already contains the seed of Yin – and vice versa. Any human action should ultimately aim at (re)establishing of the balance of Yin and Yang.

Tao

see Dao. Dao is traditionally referred to as “the path”.

Te

Virtue. Central notion of the traditional interpretation of the I Ching. Meaning: inner strength, inner voice that reconnects man with his own inner being, helping him to walk the right path (Dao). Further names for te in the classical interpretations: virtue, inner qualities, spirit, character.

teisho

Oral transmission of the Dharma in lecture form. Cf. Deshimaru 1991, 144

Ten Wings

The 9th Wing of the “Ten Wings” (a collection of texts about the I Ching, attributed to Confucius) is a short text that shows in which order the hexagrams follow each other.

However, a grave library was discovered in 1972 in Mawangdui, which also contained a copy of the I Ching, which is much older than the text known so far. This version of the I Ching differs from the previously known text by about 25%, among other things in the order in which the hexagrams follow each other.

Textus receptus

Received text (Latin). The I Ching is mainly known as a Chinese canonical script engraved in stone.

traditional acupuncture

Traditional Acupuncture, a sub-system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is deeply rooted in Five Element Theory (Wu Xing, Five Phases). It’s aim is to help people restore their balance at all levels (body, mind, soul) and grow and mature. For that purpose Traditional Acupuncture relies mainly on using the meridians’ elements points (ancient points).

Acupuncture points can be understood as an energy pattern. It is possible to activate them not only through needles or finger pressure, but also through meditation, opening our minds to their metaphorical imagery.

Read more: Recommended Literature on Traditional Acupuncture

trigram

The eight trigrams are the basis of the I Ching. They are composed of three solid (Yang) or broken (Yin) lines. Two trigrams form a hexagram, one image of I Ching.
The colored trigrams link to the respective chapters in the I Ching Course where they are explained in detail.

Chinese
Name
Traditional
Image
Traditional
Characteristic
Modern
Interpretation
Phase Element
Organ

Kun

 

Earth

Mother

receptive, dark, nurturing,
soft, flexible, adaptive, fertile
stability; compassion,
commitment; peaceDysfunction:
brooding
Earth
Spleen (SP)

Dui

Lake

joungest daughter

heiter, zufrieden,
erfüllt, offen
humility; connection,
inspirationDysfunction:
melancholia
Metal
Lung (LU)

Li

Fire

middle
daughter

hot, bright, luminous,
adherent, intelligent
discernment
Dysfunction: chaos
Fire
Small Intenstine (SI)

Sun

Wind
Treeeldest
daughter
gentle, penetrating,
well-rooted, flexible
thinking, planning,
acting
Dysfunction:
resignation
Wood
Liver (LIV)

Qian

Heaven

Father

creative, clarity,
conscious, extending
expression, passion;
warmth, loveDysfunction:
egocentricity
Fire
Heart (HE)

Zhen

Thunder

eldest
son

erregend, stark, schnell,
in Bewegung, umwälzend
decision-making,
flexibilityDysfunction: fury
Wood
Gallbladder (GB)

Kan

Water

middle
son

abysmal, dangerous,
exposed to uncontrollable
forces
basic trust; intuition
basic trust; intuition
Dysfunction: anxiety
Water
Kidney (KI)

Gen

Mountain

joungest
son

to hold still, to persevere;
a meditative state
disengagement;
transformationDysfunction: Trauer
Metal
Large Intenstine (LI)