Leonard Cohen’s Reading List: “[The I Ching] has been a sort of teacher for me”

Interviewer: [Leonard Cohen] asked me if I had read The Book Of Changes [aka The I Ching], a Chinese work that took 1,000 years to write.


It’s about the phases of arrangement, holding together, splitting apart and decay all the possible phenomena affecting a given moment of time. The book has been a sort of teacher for me.



Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen Wants the Unconditional Leadership of the World by Susan Lumsden (Weekend Magazine: Sept 12, 1970)

The Leonard Cohen Reading List

The I Ching is the latest entry to the Leonard Cohen Reading List, a compilation of books admired by the Canadian singer-songwriter.

All entries in the Leonard Cohen Reading List can be found at

The Original Leonard Cohen Reading List

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Oct 23, 2018.

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