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Congratulations on Yi-jing International Association Hong Kong 2010 Opening Forum

10th September 2010

Dear President Guangbi Dong, Chairman Zhiping He and Yi-jing research fellows:

Here, I am on behalf of New Zealand Institute of Yiology, warmly congratulated Hong Kong’s 2010 Opening Forum and wish it has a great success!

As a member of Yi-jing International Association, I am representing New Zealand Institute of Yiology to thank Hong Kong party’s invitation. However, due to the nature disaster in Christchurch, I am unable to attend this meaningful Yi-jing research meeting. Thanks for all Yi-jing research fellows’ understanding.

In today's world, the development of technology and material wealth, people only pay attention to the endless pursuit of profit. They are ignoring the deteriorating natural environment of the Earth, ignoring the spirit of mortal beings. People are confused and more utilitarian and realistic. Without belief, their spiritual desolation as overgrown weeds. Yi-jing tells us the nature will reflect the good and the bad. In recent years, nature disasters come and go without stop, disasters continuing to bring more sad news to human society. This makes us to rethink our behaviors, do we pursuit material and self wealth too much and ignoring the needs of the nature? In fact, the society’s development needs the guidance of Yi-jing. Yi-jing will help us to find the harmony of human society and coexistence with nature. The human spirit needs Yi-jing’s guidance to feel positive sentiment and the power of pursuit goodness. Therefore, researches and spread of Yi-jing are very necessary. It can help us to rebuild human being’s moral and goodness.

As an oversea Chinese scholar, it is our responsibility to promote and spread Chinese culture, traditional values, view of world, nature, and life. Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Chinese medicine are all based on ancient Yi-jing research. As a result, worldwide culture promotion and Yi-jing research are on our shoulders. It is a conscious action for every overseas Chinese to spread the essence of Chinese culture and the value of tradition Chinese culture. This is the intrinsic motivation for us to make everyone know what are Yi-jing and its true value. To better develop Yi-jing, we are not only to inherit the excellent of transition Chinese classical philosophy, but also consider the development of modern society. Therefore, we must constantly strive to promote Chinese culture to achieve our historical responsibility and social responsibility.

All I wish is one day Yi-jing will recognized by the world and appreciated by more and more people.

Dr. Kaiwan GAN

New Zealand Institute of Yiology Ltd

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What is Yi-jing?

The Yi Jing or I Ching is known in English as the "Book of Changes". It has been used in China and the East for well on three thousand years both as a divination tool and as a philosophical text for seekers of wisdom.

The Yi Jing or Book of Changes comprises sixty-four figures known in English as "hexagrams". Each of these hexagrams has a name in Chinese, for example JIA REN, FENG or JUE. Each of these 64 hexagrams is said to represent a particular life situation or phase, and the full sixty-four are held to stand for all the possible situations in life.

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