The "I-Ching" (also known as the "Book of Changes") originates from China. With a history of over 3,000 years, it was one of the most important Chinese classical texts used by the ancient Chinese emperors to guide the rule of their kingdoms and manage state affairs. The I-Ching was also used as the base for Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist thoughts by the ancient Chinese scholars, and is still referred to today in philosophical discussions about the arts, sciences, and theology. The I-Ching is seen as a manual for living a moral life in that it interprets the principles of yin and yang. Yin and yang is the eastern concept of the dualistic and ever-shifting nature of the universe which should be kept in balance for everything to go right in our lives and in our world. However lofty this may sound, it is wisdom that can be practiced by anyone.
Chi-Jen Liu has studied the I-Ching since childhood. "Happiness Longevity Luck Coin" showcases ways in which this ancient divination manual offers blessings for a life passage brimming with happiness, prosperity, and longevity. Each of the circular vignettes feature cornerstones of a man's life. On the right, two young men wish each other good luck as they set off on their journeys to become powerful and famous. The man on the left is in traditional military attire and the man on the right is dressed as a scholarly official. The I-Ching vignette at the bottom shows a middle-aged man reaching his career goals. His accomplishment is represented by the red fish he has caught while the goat and monkey – symbolic of productivity and creativity – cheer him on. Finally, on the left, we see two older men enjoying retirement. One man savors rice wine under the shade of a "jade tree," reminiscing with his friend. His friend listens attentively, with one foot resting on the "longevity turtle," to symbolize his arrival to the golden years of life.
The Chinese coin in the center contains powerful mantra charms for health, enlightenment, wealth, and peace. Chi-Jen Liu adorns it with a golden banner inscribed with the "Dreams Come True" mantra charm. This particular mantra charm is frequently used in his work as a divine blessing to enable your success.