Chung Fu?

The Meaning of "Chung Fu".

Chung Fu 中孚 (zhōng fú) is the english translation from old Chinese meaning "Inner Truth", written in the ancient Chinese classic book called the I Ching (Yijing), or Book of Changes. The Wilhelm and Baynes addition is a comprehensive and complicated rendering of the old Chinese original classic. There are three sections to the book and 64 hexagrams or wisdom changes. Hexagram #61 is called Chung Fu / Inner Truth.


About the I Ching aka Yijing:

The I Ching, also known as the Classic of Changes or Book of Changes in English, is an ancient divination text and the oldest of the Chinese classics. Influenced by Taoist and Confucian philosophy, being much older that the Bible, it is thought to be one of the oldest books in the world. It is said to date back to Fu Xi 2800BCE-2737BCE. Fu Xi was one of the 1st rulers of Ancient China prior to the Han.

Essentially, the universe is regarded as influenced by the opposite forces of yin and yang -- male and female, light and dark, hard and soft. The analysis of the interaction of these forces is used as a tool for divination; that is, as a source of guidance.

There are different methods in which you can consult the I Ching. One method and the most modern is to toss three coins. Another is to use select number of marbles. The oldest method and longest in procedure is the throwing of yarrow stalks. Each method’s end result will conclude in the forming of a hexagram, composed of broken (yin) lines and unbroken (yang) lines. The 64 possible hexagrams are assigned meanings by the I Ching. They can be used to guide the consulting individual in any given situation. In some sense, the book has been known to help prepare you in gaining awareness of possible outcomes to a given set of current circumstances and course of action you might take, thus helping you to make wiser decisions.

The book is also known at The Book of Changes as the future is seen as continually changing.

I never looked at the I Ching as a book that could tell me my future such as a fortuneteller would. For me it was more about being open minded, allowing ancient wisdom to guide and help me make better, wiser choices along my life’s journey... which was always changing.

For many years I studied this ancient Chinese classic rendered into German by Richard Wilhelm and then into English by Gary F. Baynes. It wouldn’t be for many more years when I became interested in psychology that I realized who wrote the forward for this version of the I Ching: none other than the famous Swiss psychiatrist/ psychotherapist and former prodigy of Sigmund Freud himself, Dr. Carl Gustuv Jung.

I am thankful that I was introduced to the I Ching at an early age by Arnold Bud Ihlen, as it helped immensely growing up in the dysfunctional family we had where turmoil was more normal than not. It was my constant companion for 10 years where I consulted its wisdom for the majority of that time daily. I still consider myself a total beginner student even though I’ve been involved with the book for 34 years now. And I’m pretty sure I will always be a beginner student when it comes to this ancient classic. Even Confucius said that if he had fifty years to spare, he would devote them to the I Ching.

Another ancient Chinese classic Terry Hodgkinson Sifu consulted along with the I Ching is the Tao Te Ching, attributed to the sage Lao-Tzu aka Laozi.

My original I Ching I purchased when I was 16 years old.

Terry Hodgkinson Sifu's original and well used I Ching book with hand written notes. Purchased at his Kung Fu School when he was 16 years old.